“Our students were so energised by Alom’s workshop. Each one left with their curiosity about the world around them well and truly fired up. His brilliant approach – withholding simple answers and instead focussing on asking the right questions – had our young people thinking like scientists. Wondrous indeed!

Alom’s talk to parents and staff was wonderfully challenging and paradigm shifting. Taking on stock ideas of how science should be taught, Alom had us all reassessing our approach to teaching our young people; we left with a renewed enthusiasm for the subject and with inspiring ways to inspire budding scientists”

– Matthew Harvey, Marymount International School, Rome

All the prices below are for guidance and do not include travel expenses. I am happy to negotiate or work on a voluntary basis, depending on your circumstances and available budget.

Bespoke events: starting at £250. 

“How to be your child’s first science teacher” – £250

£500 for my hour long “show”, Science vs Magic, which includes spectacular science and “magic” demonstrations. You can sell tickets to parents and other members of the community to recoup the cost. Usually best to do this in the evenings / after school so parents can attend.

£200 for a Recipes for Wonder 30 – 45 minute assembly with demonstrations of spectacular scientific phenomena using household equipment.

£300 for a 60 minute Recipes for Wonder workshop – a fifteen minute demonstration show at the start followed by hands-on activities where children can do a range of activities including making balloon or rubber band powered cars, helicopters, and straw oboes. Up to 30 children at a time. Price includes all consumables (paper, card, straws etc).

£450 for a half day or two 60-minute sessions based on Recipes for Wonder. Up to 30 children at a time. Price includes all consumables (paper, card, straws etc).

£600 for a whole day based on Recipes for Wonder  – an assembly and two 60-minute workshops.

International clients: please note fees will have an additional component depending on travel time

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I’m teaching the AS content for the AQA Physics A-level for the second time this year, and have recently had my students carry out the core practical to “find a value for g using a free fall method”. I used the same approach as I used last year, using a “g-ball” as shown in the […]

I’ve found the videos below useful for showing my students how to read a vernier scale: Click here for a worksheet to practise reading these scales. Click here for online practice questions

It’s important that A-level Physics students can handle numbers in standard form and use prefixes with units. Below are some resources students can use to help them revise these skills: Video on how to convert numbers into / from standard form: Click here for online questions to practise converting to and from standard form. Video on how […]

I’ve just started teaching my second lot of year 12 students the new (AQA) Physics A-level. I believe the move from coursework / assessed practicals in the form of EMPAs etc. is a positive one but, like many colleagues, I’m still finding my way when it comes to the best approach to take to ensure the best outcomes […]

There have been a spate of articles recently about the “crisis” in teacher recruitment. Such pieces cite a number of factors which might be responsible, but one that stood out to me was the suggestion that there is a “trend for middle-aged teachers to become private tutors” which is “stripping the profession of experienced people”. I’m […]

Lots of my A-level students are unsure what they want to do at university or for a career. I believe work experience in science or engineering during the summer following Year 12 can help them make up their minds. Over the past few years, I’ve managed to use personal contacts to arrange placements for a number […]

  • Alex Apr 22, 2015 Reply

    Science and Technology Facilities Council placements: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/1348.aspx

  • Roger Apr 22, 2015 Reply

    Eton summer school.

  • Jonathan Sanderson Apr 22, 2015 Reply

    This is one of the things we’re doing for Think Physics, but our focus is the North-East of England.

    We’re running several summer schools of different flavours, and developing a database of employers across the region, including whether they offer work experience. Northumbria University also offers work experience directly, though my understanding is that systems for this are in flux so there’s not currently much promotion of what’s available.

    • Alom Apr 22, 2015 Reply

      That sounds brilliant – let me know when you have links you want people to share.

  • Drew Apr 23, 2015 Reply

    The Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore has a Science Summer school – http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk/education-at-the-park/science-summer-school

  • Jonathan Sanderson Apr 23, 2015 Reply



    …which currently has a banner for the Ri Engineering Masterclasses we’re hosting. We usually showcase current opportunities on the front page.

  • David Brockley Apr 23, 2015 Reply

    We’ve taken students for the summer at the Mullard Space Science Lab before. There is also some information on other opportunities on our outreach pages.


    • Alom Apr 23, 2015 Reply

      Thanks David, but link to the UKSA from that page doesn’t seem to go to the relevant page and stuff at ESA seems unclear as to whether they take 6th form students?

      • David Brockley Apr 23, 2015 Reply

        Sorry, looks like the UKSA website was rearranged at some time. I found the original page, which is now out of date, and then dug up:


        which has a list of work experience at the bottom. Hope that helps.

        I think that ESA is more focussed on undergraduate than 6th form.

        • Alom Apr 23, 2015 Reply

          Thanks, that’s really helpful

  • Aimee Apr 23, 2015 Reply

    The Genome Damage & Stability Centre at Uni. of Sussex takes in Y12 & Y11 students in the summer (usually July), but its first come first serve & a popular destination so the local schools (East Sussex & West Kent areas) career departments/co-ordinators need to make contact with the Genome centre as early as possible!

    • Alom Apr 23, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Aimee, do you have a link?

      • Aimee Apr 23, 2015 Reply

        Sorry we don’t have a web page for the scheme but I’ve attached the main website & email address. 2015 applications have been filled hopefully this will help for next summer:

        or the director, Prof. Tony Carr: A.M.Carr@sussex.ac.uk

        • Alom Apr 23, 2015 Reply

          Sounds like a great opportunity – it would be really helpful to have a dedicated web page so link could be shared and scheme could attract applicants from wider audience, thus promoting greater equality of opportunity. Can you ask about getting that to happen? Thanks.

          • Aimee Apr 23, 2015

            Great idea. I will ask!

  • Liz Lister Apr 23, 2015 Reply
  • David Cotton Apr 24, 2015 Reply

    I just saw this on twitter

    Andrew Kavanagh‏@stpkav·30 mins30 minutes ago
    Are you an undergrad studying physics, maths or stats? Want to work at BAS for a summer investigating space weather? http://tinyurl.com/nlmc2ka

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