This course is for non-specialists who want to become more confident in teaching chemistry at KS3 and KS4. Consider different, more effective ways of teaching basic chemistry and take away resources to help with the next day’s lessons!

‘Taking it Further’ resources will be available for delegates wanting to develop their understanding beyond GCSE chemistry. Indeed, a little more knowledge helps chemistry make sense.


  • Develop a wider understanding of the behaviour of sub-microscopic particles
  • Appreciate that energy considerations are as important in chemistry as the chemicals themselves
  • Make more sense of chemistry by using all the patterns and principles available
  • Consider the essential mathematics that chemistry teachers must now use and identify sources of support for non-specialists
  • Consider different – more effective – ways of teaching basic chemistry and take away resources to help with the next day’s lessons!
COURSE DATES London, Monday 03 July 2017
London, Monday 06 November 2017
WHO FOR?  This course is for non-specialists teaching chemistry at KS3 and KS4
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 – 11.15am: Atoms don’t care!

  • Probability linked to random motion explains a lot of sub-microscopic behaviour
  • The particle model in chemistry and what it explains
  • How theories have developed – atoms, molecules, elements and compounds

11.15 – 11.30am: Break


11.30 – 12.45pm: Chemical Patterns

  • Hook your chemistry to the Periodic Table – it’s all about electrons!
  • Groups and Periods – what do they tell us?
  • Metals and the reactivity series, Acids and bases

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch


1.45 – 3.00pm: Energy Matters

  • Why do chemical reactions occur?
  • Misconceptions around exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Why (and how) do atoms bond together
  • Types of reactions and writing equations

3.00 – 3.45pm: Get Mathematical

  • What are the mathematical demands in GCSE chemistry?
  • How can we get students to understand the mole concept?
  • Plotting and interpreting graphs, analysing data

3.45 – 4.00pm: Depart, final discussions – coffee and refreshments will be available

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.