Primary school outreach

Target schools

The central outreach team works with a number of targeted primary schools in areas of Oxford with the lowest progression rates to university.

These schools have been identified using the POLAR3 (participation of local areas) classification of areas across the UK based on the proportion of the young population that participates in higher education. The schools are located in quintile 1 (have the lowest participation rates).

Activities include hands-on workshops on key physics topics such as Space, Forces and Magnetism and tailored visits to the University.

The aim of these visits is to help enrich the teaching of physics and to increase the students exposure of STEM at Higher Education.

We have limited resources to organise visits to primary schools outside of this project as the majority of our work is focused on secondary schools. To find out more about our work with secondary schools please visit here:

Requesting a researcher to visit your school

It may be possible to arrange for a researchers to visit other school in Oxfordshire for activities such as a STEM fairs or careers days. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete a Speakers for Schools Booking Request form which can be found attached to this page: Unfortunately it may not always possible to find a researcher to visit your school.

Alternatively you may consider approaching an educational company who provide workshops for schools. There is a list of providers here:

Visit to the Department

Local schools can request a visit to the Department for one of our 1 hour workshops. Please contact Lena Shams for more information.

Kit loan

We also have a selection of kit around key topics in physics which may be possible to loan to your school.


Please contact Lena Shams, for more information.