Royal Society of Chemistry
graduate scheme

Teacher Training Scholarships

Job description

If you’re passionate about chemistry and inspiring the next generation then we would love to help you on your way to becoming an inspirational chemistry teacher. One way that we are doing that is awarding £28,000 tax-free funding to talented individuals entering chemistry teacher training in England.

Teaching is an exciting, challenging and hugely rewarding career. No two days will ever be the same, but every day you’ll be sharing your passion for science and making a real difference to children and young people. It won’t always be easy, your patience and determination will both be tested, but if you become one of our scholars then we will support you through your training and beyond, with a range of fantastic benefits, as you grow into the excellent teacher we believe you can become.

We are offering up to 130 Teacher Training Scholarships to the very best graduates entering chemistry teacher training in September 2020.

In addition to £28,000 tax-free funding from the Department of Education each of our scholars also receives:

  • mentoring by an expert chemistry teacher
  • chemistry specific training meetings with other scholars
  • free classroom materials including books, posters and a lab coat
  • free online courses on key concepts in teaching chemistry
  • opportunities to engage with the Royal Society of Chemistry beyond the scholarship year

They also get free membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for two years, which includes:

  • Education in Chemistry bimonthly magazine, with news, reviews and opinions written by teachers for teachers
  • access to Talk Chemistry, our online forum for teachers to share lesson plans, innovative resources and teaching ideas
  • access to national and regional networks for chemistry teachers and trainee teachers
  • up to a third off books from top scientific publishers.

In addition to all of the above, any chemistry teacher starting Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in 2020/21 will also be eligible to receive three early-career payments of £2,000 each (or £3,000 each, if teaching in local authority areas identified as having high need for teachers) in their second, third and fourth years of teaching.

What we are looking for

  • An excellent understanding of chemistry
  • An appreciation of the importance of chemistry education for learners and society
  • A realistic understanding of teaching as a career
  • A willingness to engage in reflective professional development
  • A committed intention to teach in state-funded schools in England, once qualified
  • Effective interpersonal skills (including communication and skills for productive working relationships)
  • The empathy, respect and humility needed to relate well to pupils, colleagues and parents/guardians
  • An ability* to explain complex chemistry ideas effectively for secondary school pupils
  • An ability* to inspire secondary school pupils to take an interest in chemistry

* ‘An ability’ means our assessors are looking for the candidate to show some emerging skills in this area, and takes into account these will develop during the candidate’s teaching career

If you are not sure that you have suitable subject knowledge to apply for secondary chemistry teacher training in England, you might be able to improve your knowledge through a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. Find out more about SKE courses

Qualifications

Scholarships are available to graduates with at least a 2.2 degree and an excellent understanding of chemistry at school level. They will be awarded to talented individuals who impress us during a two-step application process.

Accepted degree subjects

  • health sciences
  • chemical engineering
  • chemistry
  • pharmacy and pharmacology
  • environmental science and ecology

Additional job details

Number of vacancies
130
Location
UK wide
Salary
£28,000

How to apply

We are still actively recruiting for our Teacher Training Scholarships and are currently reviewing our face to face assessment process in light of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Apply now to be considered at our next shortlisting committee. Before you apply please check that you match our eligibility criteria.

We run a rolling application process, with application deadlines staggered throughout the academic year. Click Apply to start your application now.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 26 July 2020

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Closing date:  26 July 2020

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