Education Policy

The RSC seeks to influence the Government on issues relating to chemical science education by commissioning reports to submit as evidence to Parliament and responding to consultations.  The RSC is actively campaigning for interim funding to secure the immediate future of chemical science departments and for long-term strategic investment in science education.

The RSC is a member of SCORE which aims to improve science education in UK schools and colleges by supporting the development and implementation of effective education policy.

Latest RSC policy work in education

Find out about the latest work the RSC is doing in education policy across all age groups


Impact of UK immigration law on international chemistry students

21 February 2014

Evidence submitted by the Royal Society of Chemistry to the House of Lords inquiry into UK immigration law and international STEM students


Impact of the UK Points-based Immigration System on STEM Higher Education and Research

01 March 2013

The RSC's position on recent changes to the UK's tiered immigration policy as it impacts on higher education and research in STEM subjects


EPSRC Centres of Doctoral Training

30 August 2012

RSC position upon the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Centres of Doctoral Training


Evidence on attracting, training and retaining the best teachers

14 October 2011

DfE consultation on qualifications for 14-16 year olds and performance tables

30 September 2011

The Global Frameworks for Chemistry Education Project

27 September 2011

Joint IOP-RSC-SB response to the BIS consultation on the Higher Education White Paper

22 September 2011

RSC Response to Research Excellence Framework 2014

15 September 2011

SCORE Evidence to the UK Statistics Authorities consultation on the DfE publication 'School workforce in England

01 June 2011

SCORE's Evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry on practical work

01 May 2011

SCORE response to the Department for Education's call for evidence on the review of the National Curriculum

14 April 2011

RSC Response to the Scottish government consultation on the Future of Higher Education

25 March 2011

SCORE response to the Education Committee's call for evidence on the English Baccalaureate

07 March 2011

SCORE response to Lord Bew's review of testing and accountability at Key Stage 2

17 February 2011

SCORE response to the Ofqual consultation on the strategic regulation of awarding organisations and qualifications

31 January 2011


RSC response to the National Assembly for Wales, Enterprise and Learning Committee consultation on STEM skills in Wales

12 November 2010

SCORE Evidence to the Education Select Committee inquiry on the role and performance of Ofsted

01 October 2010

Ofsted Generic grade descriptors and draft supplementary subject specific guidance for inspectors

09 August 2010

RSC Response to the HEFCE Consultation of the Review of the Teaching Funding Method

12 July 2010

RSC response to the Wolf Review of 14-19 vocational education

29 October 2010

RSC offers exam advice to Education Secretary

10 June 2010

SCORE response to the Ofqual consultation on the regulation of qualifications, examinations and assessments

08 March 2010

Postgraduate Review Response

11 January 2010


RSC Response to ACME Paper

14 December 2009


Future support for teaching enhancement and widening participation

11 November 2008

Evaluation of the Chemistry for Non-Specialists Training Programme

16 September 2008

Guidelines for excellence in school science accommodation

23 July 2008

Planning for Success - Good Practice in University Science Departments

14 July 2008

High Level Skills Consultation

07 July 2008

RSC Response to QAA on the framework for higher education qualifications

14 June 2008

Research Excellence Framework Consultation

14 February 2008


RSC Response to the HEFCE consultation on withdrawal of funding for equivalent or lower qualifications (ELQs)

06 December 2007

Supporting the career development of researchers

18 September 2007

Post-16 Skills Training

18 January 2007

14-19 Specialised Diplomas

18 January 2007


RSC Evidence: The Future Sustainability of the Higher Education Sector, Purpose, Funding and Structures

18 December 2006

RSC Evidence: The Bologna Process

18 December 2006

An evaluation of the Royal Society of Chemistry careers materials

30 November 2006

Improving School Laboratories?

12 October 2006

Reform of higher education research assessment and funding

11 October 2006

RSC evidence on science teaching schools for the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology

05 July 2006

GCE AS/A Level Criteria: Consultation Response

23 March 2006

RSC Response to the Review of the Teaching Funding Method

13 January 2006

Representation of Ethnic Groups in Chemistry and Physics

08 May 2006


Surely that's banned?

31 October 2005

Written Evidence to the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee on the Work of Ofsted

19 October 2005

Future of Aimhigher: Consultation Response

27 June 2005

LEITCH Review of Skills: Consultation Response

16 May 2005

Sustainable development in Higher Education: Consultation Response

05 April 2005

Chemical Science Spin-outs from UK Universities

26 March 2005

Gateways to the Professions: Consultation Response

04 March 2005

The Economic Benefits of Higher Education Qualifications

28 February 2005

Strategic science provision in English universities

15 February 2005

A Framework for Achievement: Consultation Response

04 February 2005


Good Practice in University Chemistry Departments

28 December 2004

The Evaluation of RSC Materials for Schools and Colleges

14 September 2004

Working Group 14-19 Reform (The Tomlinson Report)

23 June 2004

The Right Chemistry: The choice of chemistry courses and careers

16 May 2004

Laboratories, Resources and Budgets: Provision for science in secondary schools

04 April 2004

Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration

04 March 2004

Chemistry Teachers Supply: Report by the Centre for Education and Employment Research

04 March 2004


Enterprise Committee inquiry into the impact of England's university fees on Scottish Higher Education

30 September 2003

Evaluation of Education Policy 2003

31 August 2003

Recruitment and Retention of Women in Academic Chemistry

28 January 2003

Education Issues

Summaries and information on topical issues in education

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RSC Education Policy Summary
Summary of RSC policies related to chemical science education at all levels
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Contact and Further Information

Education Department
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: 01223 432221