Resource Review: Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry – Teach Chemistry service

 At a glance
  • exclusive chemistry resources, lesson plans, events, funding and discounts
  • access to online professional development courses and Regional Education Coordinator support
  • invitations to exclusive local events
  • national and regional newsletters
  • includes a free bi-monthly Education in Chemistry magazine

Inspirational teaching begins with teachers with passion for their subject. But it comes from other places too which is why membership of a subject society is an absolute essential for any specialist teacher.

These are the places that have their finger on the pulse and are a rich source of ideas, inspiration, support and information. They are also a pulsating professional community of connected learners.

If you are a chemistry teacher or technician then can I urge you to waste no time whatsoever and sign up for Teach Chemistry membership offered by the esteemed Royal Society of Chemistry. There is no charge and there is no limit on the number of people from your school who can join.

This is the place to help you deliver inspiring lessons and create an effective and enabling department at your school. Teach Chemistry do this by focusing their support on eight themes of good practice, four within the classroom and four within your department. This in itself is impressive and has been carefully thought through.

Education | Royal Society of Chemistry

For the classroom, Teach Chemistry want to support colleagues to feel confident in class, feel confident in providing high-quality and meaningful practicals, make chemistry relevant to students and to give all students equal opportunities to learn.

To make this happen, membership of Teach Chemistry includes access to a Curriculum Explorer, an expansive collection of useful resources mapped to the curriculum so you can find the resources you need.

Beyond this, there are over 1000 resources elsewhere to discover including plenty of online quizzes, screen experiments, practical videos, interactive simulations, practical handouts and worksheets.

Photograph of Education in Chemistry magazine. Image text: receive a free bimonthly copy of EiC when you register for Teach Chemistry

Delve further and you will find remote teaching and post-lockdown teaching support, starter activities, classic experiments and demonstrations, global experiments, investigative projects, challenges, competitions, special projects, cross-curricular chemistry, links to research, recommendations and quality benchmarks.

For nurturing a supportive and successful department, Teach Chemistry will help you to create a culture of open communication and collaboration, promote staff wellbeing, explore development opportunities and build links within and beyond your school.

To bring these things about Teach Chemistry provides an online area for easily sharing resources, complimentary  Royal Society of Chemistry membership for one staff member to provide access to member only wellbeing events and career advice, 50% off professional development courses and the opportunity to apply for up to £700 to organise your own local chemistry event.

Their on-demand professional development offer gives free access to nine courses, designed to give an in-depth understanding of key concepts in teaching chemistry.

This is an incredibly rich mixture of digital assets and paper-based resources that are truly supportive of everything you are doing in and out of the class. It’s a site that keeps on giving and the more you look the more you find.

Become a member and you also get a Welcome Pack with three classroom wall charts, a periodic table poster, lanyard and some information cards with top tips for getting the most out of your membership.

It seems to me that Teach Chemistry really care about you and the subject so as a chemistry teacher you can really be in your element. This is a goldmine. If only every subject did it this well.

The verdict
  • Support and enrichment personified
  • A time-saver, workload wonder and wellbeing friend
  • Packed with fabulously enriching resources for igniting interest, nudging understanding and inspiring interaction
  • A magnificent source of ideas and inspiration for improving your own provision
  • A real treasure trove of expert advice, ready-to-use resources and links galore
Upgrade if…

you want to deliver high-quality, engaging chemistry lessons within a supportive science department, stay at the forefront of your profession and be part of a vibrant, diverse and dynamic professional community.

Reviewed for teachwire

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