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  • How are the sciences timetabled at KS4 in schools? (Draft)
    Take part in our online survey exploring models used for timetabling of the sciences at GCSE. The Royal Society of Chemistry is working with the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Biology and Shift Learning to gather feedback from those who have a strong knowledge of how the sciences are ... more...
  • Are your students taking chemistry to the next level? (Draft)
    Do you teach chemistry to A Level, Higher or Leaving Certificate students in the UK or Ireland? If you do, we need your help with a short survey about your students' degere choices. We're seeing a downward trend in applications to study chemistry at university that isn't fully explained by any change in entries to pre-degree qualifications. We'd like ... more...
  • Why do we approve our own training courses? (Draft)
    As a professional body, we encourage all of our members to develop their technical and professional skills by undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). This can take many forms including formal, structured training courses. To help our members decide on valuable and appropriate training for their needs, we started a programme to ... more...

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Archive for June, 2018
3fa81ce11f7983b1e1a9b54048152436-huge-04In late 2017, we commissioned some research to find out more about what science teachers and technicians across the UK and Ireland thought of the help they get from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  We also wanted to know what they want from us in the future.  If you were one of the 500 who responded, then thank you.  Your insights have helped to tell us what teachers’ and technicians’ main concerns are and what we can do to help.

From the support we already provide, many of you told us that you find Learn Chemistry and Education in Chemistry useful — especially to support practical work.  We’ve been working hard recently to make sure both of these provide information that’s easy to apply in the classroom. 

Lots of you spoke about wanting it to be easier to find resources that are linked to the new specifications, particularly due to the recent curriculum reforms in the UK and Ireland.  We’re now working hard to find ways to address this.

Those of you who had been to our local events found them useful.  However, many people who replied didn’t know about them.   Due to this feedback, we’ve recently changed the look and layout of your regional newsletter.  We hope that this makes it easier for you to find out about and register for local events.

We also found other areas where we can improve.  You told us you want more clarity about the exact purpose and benefits of Learn Chemistry Partnership (LCP), and what you should do once you’ve joined.  We’re busy planning how we can ensure that LCP provides benefits and support that will really help you to inspire your students in chemistry.   

We’re also planning to introduce online features for LCP that will make it easier to find our support.  We want to continue to get your input into these ideas, so in May this year we asked you to help test some of our early plans for these new online features.  We had an enthusiastic response to our request for help, so thank you if you were one of the people who volunteered.  You gave us some great insights about how to make things clear and easy to use. 

It’s still early days for these developments, and we’ll be asking for more of your feedback as we go along.  If you’re interested in helping us test the new service, please get in touch.
Posted by Emily Howe on Jun 22, 2018 4:54 PM BST