Professional development courses for teachers

No matter what career stage you’re at, we have a CPD course for you.

In light of developments with the coronavirus (Covid-19), and after considering the potential risks, we have decided to suspend all in-person RSC professional development and professional learning courses until the end of June 2020. All online professional development courses are still available. To support you through this challenging time we have made all online PD courses free up until August 2020. Please use code RSCFREEPD at the checkout.

It may/may not be possible to reschedule affected courses due to uncertainty about how events will unfold. We will review this in May 2020, along with courses scheduled for July, and communicate any further developments in due course.

We believe that this is the right course of action given the number of people our courses interact with across a diverse range of locations. The health and wellbeing of schoolchildren, teachers, school staff and teacher developers is our number one priority, along with a collective effort to slow the spread of the virus.

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More information about Coronavirus and RSC Education events.

CPD courses by category

The courses are divided into four categories, and are all available face-to-face; in some cases we provide an online version, too – check the course details for more information.

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Curriculum-focused courses

Designed to support teachers in meeting the demands of teaching chemistry to the new A-level and GCSE specifications in the most effective way possible

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Chemistry for non-specialists

For teachers with a background in another subject who are now teaching secondary chemistry at pre-16 levels

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Developing expertise in teaching chemistry

Giving teachers an in-depth understanding of how to teach key chemistry concepts at pre- and post-16 levels

Using virtual reality in chemistry lessons

Inspiring creative chemistry teaching

Aimed at trainee teachers and those who are relatively new to the classroom, when extra support is especially valuable

In-person or online?

All our courses are available in-person and, in some cases, we also offer an online version so check the course details for the full range of options.

In-person courses

Get practical experience alongside your peers. We draw on up-to-date education research and current pedagogical techniques so whether you’re newly qualified or highly experienced, the content of these courses are always relevant and valuable.

Who should attend our in-person courses?

  • Specialist Chemistry teachers with several years of experience who want an insight into the best practice of teaching specific modules or areas.
  • New Chemistry teachers who’ve attended the Developing Expertise in Practical Chemistry for NQTs and RQTs course but want to further their understanding of how to teach a specific area of chemistry.
  • Non-specialist Chemistry teachers who want to enhance their understanding of how to teach a specific area of chemistry.

Shared outcomes

After any of our courses, participants come away with

  • a greater understanding of misconceptions (and how to deal with them)
  • an appreciation for the ‘thread’ of key ideas that are part of any topic
  • a familiarity with the full range of resources, activities and support we provide

Online courses

Our series of online CPD courses are designed to help you develop your subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in key areas of chemistry – at your own pace. In fact, the flexibility to complete topics in the order most useful to you, whenever and wherever you choose, is a key benefit of learning this way.

Course structure

  • Core ideas: the key subject knowledge needed in order to teach a topic
  • Exploring understanding: delving into common misconceptions
  • Developing understanding: the best ways to address and correct misconceptions
  • Checking understanding: multiple choice questions to ensure you're confident with the content covered so far
  • Applying understanding: a series of articles, papers and blogs to contextualise the topic, plus other further reading
  • Additional resources and activities: tools to use with students

All our online CPD courses have passed the Royal Society of Chemistry’s CPD training approval process, so once you finish the course you can download a certificate for your professional development record.

Our partners

We work closely with our strategic partners to support teachers and students in the UK and across the globe.

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The National STEM Learning Network

The National STEM Learning Network is the largest UK provider of subject-specific CPD for teachers and technicians working with pupils aged 5 to 19.

Through a range of bursaries they offer affordable CPD for science, design and technology, computing, engineering and mathematics. They have been successfully running courses for more than 10 years: 97% of course participants state a proven impact on their teaching, with 93% reporting a direct impact on pupils.


The Primary Science Quality Mark

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is a well-known and respected national award programme that enables primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision.

The three types of award provided by PSQM are made to schools after a year-long programme of support and mentoring results in improved science learning experiences for pupils. So far, over 2,500 schools from across the UK have achieved a PSQM award.

We provide funding that allows hub leaders to offer additional CPD with grants of £500.

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Project enthuse

Project ENTHUSE is a partnership of government, charities and employers that have come together to bring about inspired science teaching through the CPD of teachers of science and technicians across the UK.

The ENTHUSE Partners are the Wellcome Trust, the Department for Education, BAE Systems, BP, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Rolls-Royce and Royal Society of Chemistry.


Hamied Inspirational Chemistry Programme

Dr Yusuf Hamied generously donated £800,000 to the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Salters Institute, in order to support chemistry education in India.

As part of the programme, we are developing face-to-face CPD courses for Indian chemistry teachers. We will support the most talented teachers to train their colleagues, so that we can reach thousands of teachers across the country.

Find out more about the Hamied Inspirational Chemistry Programme.