Professor Sir John Holman, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, says: "We are pleased to see the Department for Education continuing their goal to attract the best graduates into teaching. We are excited to continue our partnership with them, supporting and recognising chemistry specialists as they go through their initial teacher training programme.
"I had the pleasure of personally welcoming more than 140 scholars onto our programme for the 2017-18 teacher training year, at our welcome reception in August. These scholars are inspirational people who we hope will ignite a spark in the next generation of scientists across the UK.
"We need young people to appreciate what a diverse, interesting and important area chemistry is, so that they will choose to study it at university, or take a technical route or apprenticeship into the chemical sciences. That begins with good teaching and I hope that we will be able to support just as many talented trainee teachers in the 2018/19 academic year as we have this year."
Quotes from our 2017/18 teacher training scholars:
“There are all the books that you get, particularly the misconception books, and some of the strategies for the higher ability students. That’s always hard, even in sets of mixed ability, finding a way to pitch the lessons, so that’s been useful. Things like microscale chemistry support, which is something I didn’t know about before and actually not many schools know about, isvery useful. I introduced it into my school and they really loved it. All the support you get from the mentors is really good as well.”
“I really enjoy the CPD days. It’s nice networking with people, hearing different people’s ideas; even things that you’ve heard of but a new way to do it in your class.”
“The financial support is obviously very beneficial and then all the hands-on practical support and the mentor meetings really help a lot. They gave me strategies for how to tackle some of the difficulties. We did a session on active learning – reducing the amount of time the teacher talks and letting the students engage in the activities. I used the techniques in my lessons and it turned out amazingly!”
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Applications for our scholarships will open on 6 November and are assessed on a rolling basis at different points throughout the year. Register for updates on our scholarship website here.