Teacher professional development courses

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

All  in-person professional development courses are suspended until September 2021. We have developed an extensive series of remote Teaching Chemistry courses in place of our in-person courses and we have also made all our online PD courses free until December 2020.

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?

  • 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

In-person Courses


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. 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.

Online Courses