Aims of the programme

The programme runs for five years and follows pupils from year 8 to Year 12. Additional support will be offered to year 13 students prior to them moving on to higher education or employment.

There are several sessions run throughout the 5 years under the themes of enrichment, enhancement, motivation, aspiration and careers. Sessions include career talks, STEM ambassador visits, STEM and CREST club support sessions; Campus based events, Drama events and a whole host of other activities. There will also be online resources that students are able to access to help with their learning and increase their enthusiasm for Chemistry.

From years 1 to 3, each half term there will be an activity taking place at the school facilitated by the project team. This will be enhanced with an annual visit to the university to engage in more extended activities.  There will also be supplementary engagement such as STEM and CREST clubs. In years 4 and 5 emphasis will be placed on additional engagement with university events to aid in the process of helping post-16 pupils make decisions about further studies after school.

We believe that this multi-faceted approach is the best way to deliver the programme to maximise the scope of our aims and the students learning.

Support for chemistry education from the Royal Society of Chemistry

This following information provides a summary of some of the resources and services provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry that may be of interest to the schools and students involved in Chemistry for All.

Our Education Coordinators are the first point of contact for queries relating to education support, networks and outreach activities in your area of the UK and Ireland. They organise and run events for students to promote chemistry education and careers. They also give talks about the support we offer, organise local teacher network meetings and work with our local sections.

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The Learn Chemistry Partnership is a free programme to ensure schools make the most of the Royal Society of Chemistry activities and resources. It includes:
• information about new resources and benefits through a monthly e-newsletter
• printed copies of Education in Chemistry magazine, written by chemistry teachers for chemistry teachers
• The Mole student magazine
• discounts on products and services.

One main contact registers their school and becomes an advocate for chemistry education, sharing the information and resources with colleagues. After you register your school, you will be offered complimentary personal membership for one teacher per school.

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The Learn Chemistry website has hundreds of downloadable activities and interactive resources to support learning. The teaching section features chemistry demonstrations, assessment tools, handouts and worksheets, from primary age to HE.

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The Royal Society of Chemistry supports teachers throughout their teaching career with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

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Royal Society of Chemistry STEM Ambassadors are our members who volunteer their time through the STEM Ambassador programme to enthuse and inspire young people. Activities range from giving a careers talk, to helping with school events, clubs, competitions and science fairs. Schools can request a visit from a STEM ambassador.

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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase gives secondary school students hands-on experience of spectroscopy. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques. This activity is suitable for 10-30 students at a time.

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Chemistry at Work is run for groups from primary school to post-16 students. Events take place over a period of one to three days, and can be hosted by any appropriate venue, including schools, universities and science centres. A number of local organisations or companies based in the chemical sciences are invited to attend the venue and deliver presentations regarding their work and industries to school students of differing age groups. We currently provide materials and resources to support Chemistry at Work events and organisers can apply for funding up to £1,500 per day.

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I’m a Scientist is a free online X-Factor style competition for scientists, where students are the judges. Students read the scientists’ profiles, ask them questions and have live online (text) chats with them. Students vote for their favourite scientist to win £500 to spend on science communication. Teachers can sign up their classes to take part here.
There is a range of chemistry competitions for students of all ages.

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The Outreach fund provides financial support to individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences. Through the fund we can support our members, and other advocates, to engage with different audiences, and provide people with an entry point into the chemical sciences.

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