What we offer

Expand your skills, knowledge, expertise and confidence with RSC professional development for teachers

Take a holistic approach to professional development with our well-rounded programme of training and learning that knits into every facet of your role as a teacher.

We have a wide range of CPD resources to suit your needs: from courses and professional qualifications to classroom tools, books, magazines and journals.

Our courses

We take a subject-specific approach to our courses and they’ve all been designed to complement each other. We focus on the delivery of lessons, including the effective use of lab-based and non-lab-based practical activities, and our face-to-face and online courses let you pick the style of learning that suits you.

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You may not think that reading a magazine or journal qualifies as professional development, but it can be one of the most effective ways to stay on top of advances in your field. This valuable and easily accessible approach to CPD comes in a variety of formats:

Cover: Education in Chemistry, May 2020

CPD articles often suggest particular activities, resources and how to use these most effectively in your teaching. Our magazine, Education in Chemistry is a good illustration of this.

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Reviews are summaries of recent research in chemistry education. The reviews in Education in Chemistry and Chemistry World could help you support your students’ learning by demonstrating how the discoveries can be applied in your classroom.

Cover: Chemistry World, May 2020

Features can enrich areas of your teaching by giving contextual background that shows how the topics you teach apply to everyday life and current research. Take a look at Chemistry World and Education in Chemistry for examples.

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Demonstrations such as Exhibition Chemistry and Classic chemistry demonstrations can inspire your classroom teaching and improve student engagement with the subject.

Cover: Education in Chemistry, May 2020

Blog posts and opinion pieces give personal opinions or viewpoints that trigger reflection on teaching practice. Check out Education in Chemistry and Chemistry World.

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Research articles are a great way to get insight into specific areas of chemistry teaching and practice.

Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP) is a journal devoted to teachers, researchers and other practitioners in chemistry education – and it’s free to read thanks to our Education Division.

Teaching resources

We have over 2000 free-to-access resources you can use in your classroom and to support your professional development:

Other resources indirectly advance your professional development by supporting your day-to-day teaching:

  • Screen experiments are online, interactive pre-lab activities to support students’ practical skill development.
  • Curriculum mapping documents save you time by linking to resources relevant to your specification and curriculum.
  • Hand-outs and worksheets for your classes to engage them in all aspects of chemistry.
  • Games and posters create an interactive learning environment with items such as periodic table posters, top trumps and puzzles.


Beyond Appearances: Students misconceptions about basic chemical ideas

Reviews of research on students’ misconceptions in conceptual areas of chemistry. Misconceptions are described and discussed, together with indications of their origins.

Our partners

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

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.


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.