To remain masters of our subject, it’s important that we keep learning and reflecting on our practice. This course provides teachers that opportunity, providing fresh and active strategies and practical advice for teaching A level chemistry.


  • Identify and develop the key skills that chemistry students require
  • Evaluate a range of strategies for promoting effective group work
  • Fresh and active ideas for teaching the trickier concepts in A level chemistry
  • Become more confident in teaching the mathematical requirements
  • Reflect on your own practice and explore opportunities for improvement
COURSE DATES London, Thu 23 Mar 2017

London, Wed 28 Jun 2017

WHO FOR?  Heads of chemistry
Teachers of A level chemistry
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 AM – 10.30 AM:Exploring the impact of reflective practice

  • Using reflection as a basis for improving teaching and learning

10.30 AM – 11.15 AM:Identifying challenging skills and topics in A level Chemistry

  • How can we identify and develop the key skills needed in A level chemistry?
  • Encouraging students to monitor their own development

11.15 AM – 11.30 AM:Break


11.30 AM – 12.30 PM:Improving your teaching of the most difficult topics

  • Discussion: how you would approach the tricky topics
  • Consider a range of activities for deeper understanding of the difficult topics
  • Identify opportunities for modelling and role play in chemistry to develop deeper understanding

12.30 PM – 13.30 PM:Lunch


13.30 PM – 14.15 PM:Developing ways to teach through groupwork

  • Avoiding didactic teaching – using groupwork to introduce new concepts
  • Evaluate a range of strategies, exemplified in context

14.15 PM – 15.00 PM:Maths Matters

  • ‘Calculating frames’ for less able mathematicians
  • Introducing logarithms and the Arrhenius equation

15.00 PM – 15.45 PM:Action planning: facilitator led workshop-style session

  • Opportunity to collaboratively action plan an identified issue
  • How do we evaluate impact and remain reflective and responsive

John Coad

John Coad is a highly experienced A Level and IB Chemistry teacher who still teaches today.  He led Chemistry Departments in two schools and whole Science Departments in two others. He has worked as a Science Advisor in England’s largest Local Authority, supporting both primary and secondary teachers of science. In recent years he has worked as an independent consultant, promoting science education in a wide variety of ways. He has led many professional development courses for teachers, written resources for publishers and staged large science enrichment events. His enthusiasm for science is evident in all he does but sharing his experience with chemistry teachers gives him the greatest satisfaction.

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