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Chemistry teachers - we need your help


Do you teach chemistry in the UK or Ireland? We need your help to inform our policy work on the chemistry curriculum.

The question of who should design the curriculum has been on the agenda recently – take a look at this blog post by Kristy Turner and this debate at the 2016 ASE annual conference. Many agree that an independent panel, supported by subject experts and specialists in designing curriculums and assessments, could resist frequent change at the whim of politicians.

Therefore, we are designing a chemistry curriculum for primary school through to pre-university chemistry. We are using analysis from teacher and student surveys, input from curriculum experts and representatives from interested sectors. This is not to try and initiate change in the recently introduced curriculum, but to inform our long-term view on the curriculum and in anticipation of future changes.

We have developed a framework for the curriculum in the form of Key Chemistry Concept Strands, which structure learning within and across different key stages.

We want to know what you think of these concept strands. Do they make sense? Would you have organised them differently? How would structure the curriculum as a teacher of chemistry? Let us know by completing our short survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Using your responses, we will start to design the content and context, the development of skills and the assessment, at each key stage, using the consolidated Key Chemistry Concept Strands as a framework for each.

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Posted by Joanna Furtado on Mar 3, 2016 10:45 AM Europe/London

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