Chemistry for science teachers: module 2

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Tuesdays, January – April, 3.45 – 5.30pm, online 

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This is the second of three professional development modules for teachers looking to build their knowledge and confidence in chemistry. There is no charge to attend – we cover the cost.

All three courses will boost your confidence in delivering practical work, as well as help you teach key chemistry topics. Within each session, there’s time to discuss upcoming topics and practicals, as well as opportunities to ask questions and get guidance from experts.

You should sign up if you would like to build your own understanding of the subject (you should already have basic knowledge of the topics covered) and explore effective strategies for teaching chemistry to learners aged 11–16. We will explore how to teach key topics in chemistry and a number of ways to support your confidence in delivering practical work.

You do not have to complete one module to attend another. Each course covers teaching strategies for different topic areas. Please choose the module that includes the topics most relevant for you.

Module details

This module is most suited to teachers who may be:

  • relatively new in post
  • teaching chemistry outside their own subject specialism
  • keen to increase their own understanding and confidence to teach chemistry within a 11–16 secondary science programme

The format is a series of four sessions – you will complete these once a month between January and April. By completing the sessions, you will qualify for a certificate of attendance to add to your professional development portfolio/record.

In advance of the module, we will give you information on 1–2 practicals which we will ask you to carry out in advance of the relevant session, ready to discuss with your course facilitator and fellow participants.

Date and time Session title Session topics

Tuesday 30 January

3.45 – 5.30pm

Identifying unknowns




Using chemical tests to identify ions

RSC resources including gridlocks

Student misconceptions

Ideas for practical work

Solubility and precipitation

Tuesday 27 February

3.45 – 5.30pm


How to teach equilibrium 

Student misconceptions

Ideas for practical work

RSC resources

Tuesday 19 March

3.45 – 5.30pm


Energy change

Creating exciting demonstrations 

Energy changes

RSC resources

Tuesday 23 April

3.45 – 5.30pm

Rates of reaction

Rates of reactions

Data handling and interpretation


RSC resources

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to make changes to this programme in the event of unexpected circumstances.


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