Physics Partnership

Since 2015, CrookED Science has engaged with several high schools each year to compliment the work of their existing HSC Physics teachers and support students with the more tricky content and examination technique in light of the expectations of HSC markers and more recently the new syllabus. We have enjoyed great success with Physics Partnership Schools and are canvasing interest for HSC 2023 i.e. current Y11, to begin Term 4 2022 or Term 1 2023. This program is particularly suitable for small systems or clusters of schools.

How does this work?

  • 1 flipped video per fortnight term-time:
    • Every student will receive their own associated ePortfolio for each video to write notes and answer a couple of questions; these are marked with feedback within a few days
  • 1 video conference (VC) per fortnight term-time, in the week following the flipped video:
    • Delivered using Zoom
    • Each lasting up to 2 hours to go over relevant past paper, sample and bespoke questions with worked solutions (multiple-choice, short and extended response); eradicating common misunderstandings and mistakes
    • every student receives their own associated ePortfolio; multiple choice answers are submitted and marked online in real-time and collated individually for analysis later by class teachers
    • students and teachers receive the slides and worked answers
    • VCs can be recorded (if agreed by participating schools) and shared back to help with revision
    • VC protocols and expectations shared and observed


  • Video conference:
    • day within a fortnight agreed by participating schools e.g. Tuesdays of even weeks
    • time agreed by participating schools e.g. 3-5pm
  • Module 5 covered in Term 4, Module 6 covered in Term 1, Module 7 in Term 2 and Module 8 in Term 3 with the potential for revision at any point if participating schools agree


  • Upon request
  • Determined by number of students/participating schools

If you are interested in discussing a Physics Partnership for your school or system of schools, please contact us.

Physics Credentials, Paul Looyen:

  • Physics Expert Facilitator at CrookED Science
  • Over 28 years Physics teaching experience in both government and independent schools, including three years in the USA
  • From 2004 to 2022, he was Faculty Head of Science at Macarthur Anglican School
  • Has extensive marking experience of HSC Physics including four years as Senior Marker and three years as Second in Charge of Marking
  • Been on numerous examination writing committees, and as a result has presented at Meet the Markers run by the Science Teachers Association NSW for many years, and been invited to conduct numerous HSC review seminars for students through several universities
  • In 2019, Paul was invited to attend the International Teacher Program run at CERN, Switzerland, and the following year he was invited to attend the International Teacher Program at LIGO, based in the USA. This led to running professional development for teachers, on the physics of CERN, for ANSTO and CONASTA.
  • In 2021, he was awarded Outstanding Professional Service Award by STANSW.
  • In 2022, Paul co-authored ‘HSC Physics A+ Practice Exams’, a HSC exam book published by Cengage Learning.
  • Has had articles published in The Conversation and Australian Physics.
  • Paul is perhaps best known for his popular YouTube channel, Physics High, developing content to aid a better understanding of physics at a high school level.

Physics Credentials, Dr Simon Crook:

  • has a PhD in Physics Education Research from the University of Sydney and a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Manchester
  • is Honorary Associate of the School of Physics at The University of Sydney
  • was heavily involved in the consultation around the new Physics Syllabus
  • has already developed and run many Y11 and Y12 professional development courses across NSW for the new NSW Physics Stage 6 Syllabus
  • has published articles about the new Physics Stage 6 Syllabus
  • is a published author of several international journal articles on physics education
  • is a reviewer at four international science education journals
  • has presented at several national and international physics conferences, including at the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Conference
  • taught physics for 15 years in 5 schools in England and Australia
  • ran a professional learning community for physics teachers for 3 years
  • was a HSC Physics marker for 4 years and worked on HSC Physics Advice Line for 2 years
  • has developed multimedia resources for HSC Physics (specifically a simulation for Thomson’s Experiment)
  • has access to some of the most outstanding physicists and science educators in Sydney and abroad; some of whom will be assisting in the resource development

If you are interested in discussing a Physics Partnership for your school or system of schools, please contact us.