Developing expertise in teaching chemistry: Effective pedagogy(Online)

Provider: Royal Society of Chemistry
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Description This course provides the comprehensive coverage necessary for teachers to become confident classroom practitioners, including access to a range of activities and resources.
Duration 9 hours

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Categories Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Sciences, Further education, 14-19, KS3, KS4, Teaching staff, Personalised Learning, Classroom Management, Online, Chemistry
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Our courses are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of key concepts in teaching chemistry. Each course can be completed at your own pace, giving you time to try out new strategies and activities in your classroom before progressing further. The course will allow you to learn about the key concepts in that area and access ideas and resources to enhance your classroom teaching.

An effective teacher must have a range of different teaching and learning tools that can be drawn upon and used in the classroom. For effective learning to take place, the teacher must not only have good subject knowledge but also effective pedagogical skills if they are to get the ideas across to the students. In this course you will learn about the core ideas or ‘building blocks’ that are required for effective learning to take place.

After working through this course you will be able to:

  • understand what is meant by Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in chemistry;
  • use Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategies in the classroom;
  • understand when it is appropriate to use practical work in the classroom; and
  • use a wide range of strategies to both challenge the most able and to enable students with special educational needs to access the chemistry curriculum.
Evidence underpinning this approach

It's important that teachers of chemistry know about, and understand, the techniques and strategies they can use to help their students learn effectively.  This course provides the comprehensive coverage necessary for teachers to become confident classroom practitioners. By improving teacher confidence, students’ learning should also improve.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Learning outcomes have been designed by highly qualified course authors, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry, with the target audience in mind. The course content has been written to achieve the learning outcomes and there are opportunities for self-assessment included within the course.

Within the course there is a course development plan that can be used to stipulate aims and impact. It also includes space to reflect on these at the end of the course.

Follow-up activities and support

The course includes links to articles and resources to support teachers in implementing the principles that are introduced, following the course.


This online course allows participants to access the material remotely. This is particularly useful for teachers, as it means that they need less time away from the classroom, as there is no travel involved. There is also a cost reduction because of this, including travel and cover for teaching time. The participant can work through the material at their own pace and there is the functionality to dip in and out of the material.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.