RSC licensed to award chartered science teacher status

Chemistry teacher with students

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RSC members will be able to apply for CSciTeach from April

The Royal Society of Chemistry has gained a licence to award chartered science teacher (CSciTeach) status. This chartered designation was first developed in 2007 by the Science Council, in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE), as a specialist section of the chartered scientist (CSci) register.

Jim Iley, the RSC's executive director of science and education, said: 'In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are essential. They are vital in our everyday lives and will be vital in helping the world respond to some of its biggest challenges.

'A strong teaching community is crucial for nurturing the next generation of chemical scientists and we are committed to further increasing our support through professional development initiatives, networking opportunities and campaigns.'

The CSciTeach professional qualification will sit alongside CSci and the well-established chartered chemist (CChem) designation in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s portfolio of chartered marks. It will also form an integral part of building, supporting and recognising the community of chemistry teachers within the Royal Society of Chemistry, be they in primary, secondary or further and higher education settings.

Members at MRSC and FRSC level with a minimum of four years’ teaching experience will be able to apply for CSciTeach from April 2014.

Those interested in finding out when applications open for CSciTeach should subscribe to the RSC's education newsletter.