Applying the science of learning to your teaching approaches of challenging Chemistry content


This revamped series of courses is designed for all GCSE Chemistry teachers currently teaching GCSE Science. These in-depth sessions will equip all teachers with the tools to advance their teaching with a broader range of methods, approaches and techniques. The session focuses particularly on teaching the most challenging aspects of GCSE Chemistry with perhaps new and different approaches.

This session is live interactive workshop, with opportunities to ask questions throughout.


  • Equip you with a powerful framework for conceptualising what it is that makes chemistry challenging
  • Develop the skills necessary for explaining the most complex content in chemistry GCSE
  • Explore options for improving your students’ long term memories
  • Refine your ability to build and sequence a knowledge rich chemistry curriculum
COURSE DATE Online | Wednesday 28 April 2021
Online | Wednesday 30 June 2021
  • All teachers of Chemistry GCSE
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations


4.00 – 4.05pm: Welcome and introduction

4.05 – 4.40pm: Modelling abstract concepts and processes in chemistry

  • Explanation of the multimedia effect and dual coding theory
  • The use of splint attention and redundancy in moderating cognitive load
  • The need for narrative structure within an explanation

4.40 – 5.05pm: Employing live drawing in communicating chemistry

  • Exemplification of live drawing in the teaching of energy changes
  • Exemplification of live drawing in the teaching of conservation of mass
  • Exemplification of live drawing in the teaching of fuel cells

5.00 – 5.30pm: Using manipulatives and physical models in explaining chemistry

  • Demonstration of the use of a manipulatives in communicating the development of the periodic table
  • Discussion of the use of manipulatives in the process of fractional distillation
  • Combination of manipulatives and live drawing in the explanation of collision theory variables

Adam Boxer

Adam is the Head of Science at the Totteridge Academy in North London. A prolific speaker and blogger, he has delivered CPD nationally and internationally for Keynote, researchEd, The Chartered College of Teaching, Pixl, United Learning, STEM Learning, Herts for Learning and a number of other schools and trusts. Adam is the managing editor of CogSciSci, a grassroots collective of science teachers looking to embed empirical findings from the cognitive sciences into the science classroom. Adam was a contributor to the Oxford Revise series of revision guides, preparing Knowledge Organisers and Core Knowledge statements for the entire GCSE chemistry course. Adam is a pioneer of the booklet movement in science education and his freely available “SLOP” booklets are used by thousands of chemistry teachers across the country.