The Secondary and Further Education Group - previously known as the Curriculum and Assessment Group - is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.
To promote and develop the teaching and learning of chemistry, both academic and work-based, to 11-19+ year olds in secondary schools and 6th form/FE Colleges.
How to Join
RSC members can join the Secondary and Further Education Group by updating their details in the “My communities and subscriptions” tab of the online RSC membership area. Please click here to login and add to your list of Interest Groups.
Forthcoming events organised by the Secondary and Further Education Group.
Contact the Secretary
For further information on the Secondary and Further Education Group you can contact the Secretary, Mr Peter Calder MRSC.
Support for interest groups
Useful information and resources for all RSC interest groups.
Secondary and Further Education Group Website
Find out more about our activities on our website
Find out more about the past Secondary and Further Education Group conferences by downloading conference reports and proceedings.
Resources to promote chemistry - a report by Dr Joanna Buckley
Dr Julie Hyde CChem FRSC
Dr Julie Hyde started her chemistry career as an Analytical Chemist working for a large chemical company for several years, she also studied part-time on day-release courses to achieve entry qualifications for University. She studied full-time for her first degree in pure Chemistry at Queen Mary College, University of London.
After graduating, Julie moved into lecturing/teaching Chemistry in Further Education (FE), and during her final 5 years at college, she was Head of Department for Dental, Science and Animal Care. Whilst teaching in FE, Julie studied part-time study for a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and Crystallography at The University of Sheffield, which she finished after 9 years.
In 2007, Julie joined The University of Sheffield Chemistry Department as a University Teacher and was promoted to Senior University Teacher in 2014. Julie manages the Schools Liaison Outreach Team, is the Course Director for Chemistry with Study in Industry, and is the laboratory manager for the joint BSc with Nanjing Tech University where she teaches in China for 3 months each year.
Julie’s involvement with the RSC started whilst at University. After graduation, she became MRSC CChem and by 2001 FRSC. She has been a committee member for the Sheffield and District local section for many years holding various positions both locally and nationally; she is currently Chair. Julie spent 6 years on the RSC National schools and colleges committee and 5 years on the NERED committee where she was involved in putting on national and regional meetings for teachers.
After being on the Curriculum and Assessment Group for a number of years, Julie was concerned that there was no place for chemistry teachers nationally to network. Working with the RSC and the group committee, as Chair, Julie started the Secondary and Further Education Group (SaFE) which was launched in 2015. Currently having three successful National Conferences in Sheffield and Birmingham, this group aims to do more to support teachers.
Mr Peter Calder MRSC
Peter, now retired, was a Chemistry teacher for over 40 years. He studied Chemistry at Bangor University before working overseas. For the first six years he worked overseas in Uganda, Tanzania, and Lesotho finishing off with twelve years in Papua New Guinea as a teacher, headmaster and curriculum advisor. Back in the UK, he worked at Leek High School and Newcastle Under Lyme school. He was a professional mentor for Keele (Science and Psychology) and for MMU (Science). Whilst at Leek he ran a very successful Millennium Group with Staffordshire WI running two science conferences for three years.
He is an active member of the RSC and has contributed to North Staffordshire local section at all levels, was Chair of the Midlands regional group, and sat on the national Networks committee for 4 years. He was a Gatsby fellow and is a member of Miranda Net. Other pastimes include walking and travel, particularly to the Australian outback.Contact the secretary
Dr Peter Hoare MRSC