Teaching chemistry: Improving your current practice NY341 / A23

Start date
5 Jun 24
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Are you looking to improve the depth of your subject knowledge in chemistry and move towards really excellent teaching?

This course aims to follow on from basic subject knowledge of concepts to deepen and challenge your understanding even further. It may allow you to take a lead in the subject or improve student progress in KS3 and 4 chemistry.

With the help of highly experienced subject specialists, we will support in starting to understand chemistry links across the whole science curriculum, how to teach tricky topics and tackle threshold concepts plus ask the right questions in improving student understanding.

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Who is it for?

Early Career teachers, non-specialist teachers of chemistry, developing teachers of chemistry, aspiring or current heads of chemistry.

What topics are covered?

  • Ensuring progression from KS2 content
  • Developing working scientifically throughout the curriculum
  • Chemistry themes across the science curriculum
  • Threshold concepts in chemistry
  • Tricky topics at KS4
  • Tackling assessment in chemistry

How will you learn?

Face to face

How long is this course?

2 days

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


You will be able to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of chemistry concepts
  • Understand some of the key themes and ideas that are built throughout KS3 and KS4
  • Investigate ideas for curriculum planning in chemistry
  • Consider assessment opportunities in your subject


Day 1 - Teaching chemistry: Improving your current practice05 June 202411:00-19:00
Day 2 - Teaching chemistry: Improving your current practice06 June 202409:00-16:00


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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