Support for early career and student teachers

Whether you’re taking your first steps in training or launching your career as a qualified teacher, get the support you need to thrive.

Discover free curriculum-linked resources, teaching tips and inspiration to use in your classroom, or explore our professional development courses and find support in your area. From practical skills to subject knowledge, from lesson planning to behaviour management – we’re here for you.

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Support in your area

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Regional support

Our Regions team support all teachers of chemistry and science across the UK and Ireland. Find out more about our work to help teachers provide their students with an excellent chemistry education

Campaigning for the future of practical science teaching

We're calling on the UK government to provide more support for teachers whose training has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with a focus on practical skills development. Want to add your voice? We can help you reach out to your MP.

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Practical support and skills development

Practical videos

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Practical videos | 14–16 students

Videos of core practical experiments for remote learning, flipped learning or revision. 

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Practical videos | 16–18 students

Videos of key practical techniques and apparatus for revision, flipped learning or remote teaching.

Teaching after lockdown

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Post-lockdown teaching support

Ideas and resources for teachers heading back to the classroom during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

  • 4 ways to boost behaviour management

  • Set your students up for success

  • Behaviour management in the chemistry classroom

  • Managing behaviour beyond the classroom

  • Targeted strategies to support good classroom behaviour

  • Establish good learning behaviours in the science lab

  • Get to know your students better to improve outcomes

Developing subject and pedagogical content knowledge

Explore our professional development courses

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    On-demand online

    Self-guided teacher professional development courses

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    Live online

    Free, remotely-taught teacher professional development sessions

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How to build pedagogical content knowledge

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How research translates into classroom practice

Mental health and wellbeing

Lesson planning

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How to plan a brilliant lesson as a trainee teacher

Wondering how to write a lesson plan? Use this template to create logical lessons and improve learning outcomes

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Using cognitive science for more effective lesson planning

Take advantage of how the mind works and improve learning outcomes

Saving time and reducing your workload

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A new approach to marking

Reduce your marking time and increase student’s engagement with your feedback

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One simple way to provide quick and effective online feedback

Use objective-based marking to save time and engage students with online feedback

Upcoming events

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Our events for teachers range from small, informal resources sessions, careers sessions and curriculum contextualisation workshops to larger events such as teacher conferences. We also run competitions for students to put their chemistry skills into action

Our courses

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Teacher PD

Expand your skills, knowledge, expertise and confidence. Take a comprehensive approach to professional development with our well-rounded programme of training and learning that aims to support every aspect of your Chemistry teaching

Practicals, lesson plans and more

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Browse our resources designed to support your teaching of chemistry to primary, secondary and higher education students. Including our collections on analytical and practical chemistry