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Teaching GCSE Chemistry for the First Time

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This new course provides teachers new to teaching GCSE Chemistry, useful information based on examiner reports from the most recent exams, including numerous strategies to create excellent, creative and safe Chemistry teaching for students of all ability levels.

Offering an introduction and overview of GCSE Chemistry, providing essential skills and tips in how to effectively deliver content, ensuring maximum student engagement and maximum attainment. The course is suitable for anyone just starting to teach, in their first few years of teaching or lacking confidence in teaching GCSE Chemistry.


  • Develop excellent practices to use with all of your classes especially during practical lessons
  • Gain an insight into methods that allows pupils across the ability range to access Chemistry at GCSE level
  • Learn how to differentiate material quickly and easily for excellent teaching
  • Explore how to increase the attainment of all your pupils and involve them in the target setting process
  • Deepened understanding of GCSE Chemistry and its key concepts
  • Enhanced pedagogical skills for explaining complex Chemistry topics
  • Practical strategies to engage students, manage classrooms, and assess progress effectively


Understanding and Structuring GCSE Chemistry

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Key topics, concepts, and learning outcomes for teaching GCSE Chemistry
  • Exploring the progression of topics and building connections between concepts
  • Planning your course and establishing your teaching for student success
  • Examine the different question types used in Chemistry exams
  • Examiner findings from the 2023 exams and the significance for classroom practice

Innovative Ways to Teach the Complex Elements of GCSE Chemistry

10.40 – 11.25am
  • Strategies and teaching methods to ensure students understand the fundamentals underpinning GCSE Chemistry
  • Sequencing and cascading topics successfully
  • Innovative ways to teach the complex elements of GCSE Chemistry
  • Analysis and problem-solving strategies, especially for less able students
  • Addressing common misconceptions and challenging topics
  • Encouraging student questions and fostering intellectual curiosity in Chemistry
  • How to get students to think at GCSE level and above throughout the course

Discussion: Coffee Break

11:25 – 11:45am

Outstanding Pedagogy: Absorbing and Interactive Learning to Enhance Student Engagement

11.45 – 12.30am
  • Principles of effective lesson planning: objectives, structure, and differentiation
  • Designing engaging and interactive learning activities for different topics
  • Integrating real-world applications of Chemistry to enhance student engagement
  • Establishing a positive and inclusive classroom environment
  • Strategies for managing behaviour, engaging reluctant learners, and promoting active participation
  • Incorporating digital tools, simulations and online resources

Lunch and informal discussion

12.30 – 1.30pm

Practical Work and Laboratory

1.30 – 2.15pm
  • Identifying the essential practical experiments and integrating them into lessons effectively
  • Adapting experiments to different classroom settings and available resources, ensuring laboratory safety: guidelines, risk assessments, and best practices

Assessment, Marking and Feedback: Getting the Best out of your Students

2.15 – 2.55pm
  • Exploring diverse assessment methods: formative, summative and self-assessment
  • What are examiners looking for in student responses?
  • Practical advice and guidance on making the exam accessible to all students
  • Common questions and question types and how to construct your own that align with GCSE Chemistry specifications
  • How to prepare students for answering longer response questions
  • Providing constructive feedback to support student progress and development

Discussion: Afternoon Tea

2.55 – 3.00pm

Preparing for the Exams

3.00 – 3.15pm
  • Adaptive teaching methods to stretch and support all students in the run up to the exams
  •  Revision strategies and methods that really work
  • Teaching resilience and grit
  • Bullet point an action plan to implement upon returning to school


London | Tuesday 05 March 2024
London | Tuesday 25 June 2024
London | Tuesday 05 March 2024
London | Tuesday 25 June 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Dee Martin is Head of Chemistry & STEM at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham, an Academy with a non-selective intake. She is an experienced AQA A-Level Chemistry examiner and currently delivers revision courses to many schools across the country guiding teachers in preparing for exams and helping to raise student grades.


  • Non-specialist Teachers of GCSE Chemistry
  • New and Experienced Teachers of GCSE Chemistry
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Heads of Science


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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