What we offer

Expand your skills, knowledge, expertise and confidence.

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.

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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.

We have four series of courses available in the UK:

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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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Inspiring creative chemistry teaching

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


Articles

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:

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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.

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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.

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

RSC Journals

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 that you can use in your classroom and to support your professional development:

Planning tools like our Science ideas webs are designed to help you integrate science into cross-curricula lessons.

Books and eBooks such as Chemical misconceptions I and Chemical misconceptions II, by Keith Taber, take a look at common misconceptions students have and how best to address them.

Research papers like Beyond Appearances: Students’ misconceptions about basic chemical ideas by Vanessa Kind, can help you stay on top of the latest advances and incorporate them into your lessons.

Demonstrations videos are a great way to visualise experiments in the classroom, as you’re teaching them. The videos in Exhibition Chemistry – which is part of Education in Chemistry – come with instructions and a list of everything you’ll need.

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

Screen experiments are online, interactive pre-lab activities designed to support students’ practical skill development.

Curriculum mapping documents help you save time by linking to resources relevant to your specification and curricula.

High quality downloads in the form of hand-outs and worksheets can be given to 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.