Education policy

We liaise with decision-makers and our wider communities to build environments that support excellent chemistry education for all young people.

5–19 education

We know that a good school education sets the foundation for further learning and potential progression into chemistry-related professions. But excellent science and chemistry learning is more than a valuable experience all students should be exposed to: it’s a right that belongs to all young people, regardless of what they plan to do next.

We believe that society benefits when everyone is able to use scientific understanding to make informed decisions and participate in public debates about science-related issues.

That’s why we engage with decision-makers such as government departments, regulatory bodies and awarding organisations to influence national curriculums and qualifications in chemistry. We also work closely with the UK Department for Education to ensure that every learner has an unbroken chain of experts teaching them Chemistry throughout their education.

Teacher in front of class

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Lecture hall

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Higher education, skills and workforce

As the worlds of work and science continually change, education routes into the profession must be equally ever-evolving.

To ensure the right knowledge and skills are developed for future careers, we actively engage with advancements in technical and vocational education in order to strengthen how the sector supports routes into chemical science professions.

We currently have two main priorities in higher education: to shine a spotlight on the necessity of quality teaching, and to advocate appropriate career paths for those wishing to prioritise teaching over research.