I took a chemistry GCSE – and got a great reaction

Pupils took delight in coaching their deputy head, Alistair McConville, to pass his exam. Now, a teachers-as-learners revolution has been sparked in the staffroom…

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Regular readers may recall an article by a holiday-fuelled, and possibly sun-affected, teacher recklessly proclaiming that he would study for chemistry GCSE in a year with his Year 11 students. He had been deprived of almost all scientific knowledge by his earlier education, which focused more on Latin than lithium.

Eighteen months on, a retrospective…

There were numerous days when the undertaking seemed distinctly rash. It turns out that there’s really quite a lot to learn in a chemistry GCSE. Especially when your foundational knowledge is electron-sized and you think “atom” is an Egyptian ...

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