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Education and skills

The IOP is passionate about promoting physics education and the benefits of a career in the sector.


The IOP represents physicists from across the UK and Ireland who have progressed into the sector through a range of pathways.

We are passionate about promoting physics education and the benefits of a career in the sector, and creating an accessible subject which is open to all. We monitor the numbers studying and teaching physics in the UK and Ireland.

Find out more about our work in physics education.

Latest policy documents

Students studying physics

  • Our Limit Less campaign is aiming to remove barriers for students wishing to study physics. This report informs our drive to dismantle the objects in the way for such students.

Physics teachers and staff

  • May 2019 Learned Societies Group on STEM experiences in Early Years and Primary Education: Response to Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee (Download PDF, 688KB)
  • March 2018 Institute of Physics submission to the Department for Education consultation on strengthening qualified teacher status and improving career progression for teachers (Download PDF, 251KB)
  • May 2017 Learned Societies Group on STEM Education in Scotland response to the inquiry into teacher workforce planning for Scotland’s schools (Download PDF, 679KB

Qualifications, standards and education funding

  • May 2021 IOP response to the Department for Education’s review of post-qualification admissions reform (Download PDF, 238KB)
  • March 2021 IOP Ireland submission to the RIA Higher Education Futures Taskforce consultation (Download PDF, 1.92MB)
  • January 2021 IOP statement on the Department for Education’s review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 in England (full position) (Download PDF, 320KB)
  • January 2021 IOP response to the Department for Education's review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 (Download PDF,  408KB)
  • September 2019 IOP response to Department for Education consultation on Higher Technical Education (Download PDF, 456KB
  • June 2019 Letter to Chair of Ofqual on inter-subject comparability and its effect on the take up of the sciences (Download PDF, 81KB
  • April 2019 IOP response to Ofsted consultation on the education inspection framework (Download PDF, 243KB
  • May 2018 IOP submission to the Department for Education's review of post-18 education and funding (Download PDF, 327KB)
  • February 2018 Institute of Physics submission to the Department for Education consultation on the implementation of T level programmes (Download PDF, 297KB

Education and COVID-19

  • February 2021 IOP response to the outcome of the joint DfE and Ofqual consultation on alternative arrangements for summer exams – 2021 (Download PDF, 150KB)
  • January 2021 IOP representation to the Ofqual & DfE consultation on exams: summer 2021 (Download PDF, 232KB)
  • September 2020 IOP response to SQA consultation on assessment arrangements 2020-21 (Download PDF, 565KB)
  • June 2020 Letter to Secretary of State for Education on impact of Covid-19 on teacher training and Newly Qualified Teachers (Download PDF, 564KB
  • June 2020 Letter to Education Committee Chair on impact of Covid-19 on teacher training and Newly Qualified Teachers (Download PDF, 564KB
  • May 2020 IOP response to Commons Education Committee inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on education and children's services (Download PDF, 189KB)
  • May 2020 IOP response to Qualifications Wales consultation on arrangements for summer 2020 exam series (Download PDF, 75KB)
  • April 2020 Letter to Chief Regulator of Ofqual on centre assessment grade proposals (Download PDF, 99KB
  • April 2020 Letter to Chief Executive of SQA on centre assessment grade proposals (Download PDF, 137KB
  • April 2020 Letter to Chief Executive of CCEA on centre assessment grade proposals (Download PDF, 136KB
  • April 2020 Letter to Education Minister (Northern Ireland) on centre assessment grade proposals (Download PDF, 140KB
  • April 2020 IOP response to Ofqual consultation on exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020 (Download PDF, 75KB)