SKE Lead

Sophie Barrass

I am Sophie Barrass, the subject knowledge enhancement lead for Chemistry. I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (HONS) in Chemistry in 2017 and went on to train with GORSE SCITT, gaining a PGCE from the University of Sunderland. Beginning my career at Bruntcliffe Academy in 2018 and moving to The Stephen Longfellow Academy allowed me to demonstrate my engaging and enthusiastic approach to teaching science. Here, I developed ways of explaining difficult concepts by ensuring students understood the fundamentals, whilst addressing misconceptions and planning effective intervention.

In September 2020 I joined Boston Spa Academy as Assistant Leader of Science, I lead KS5 science, including, the student experience, student recruitment and student outcomes across KS5. I enjoy the complexity of teaching A-level chemistry as well as pushing and stretching year 11 students to achieve exceptional progress and showing them they’re good enough to go on and study A-level Science. In 2022 the average grade year 13 students achieved in Chemistry was a grade B. I am passionate in the belief every student receiving quality first wave teaching no matter which classroom they walk in to, which is why I value the experience of mentoring trainee teachers and Early Career Teachers.

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Programme Structure

The chemistry SKE consists of 5 modules dependent on the programme length chosen. All participants will study an 8-week fundamental module on KS4 GCSE content. This will enable participants to understand the core knowledge needed to teach up to the highest grade and will also cover the basic chemistry topics that are taught in key stage 3 as part of the national curriculum.

The 12-week programme will cover triple chemistry content and look at how to really stretch GCSE students so that they feel prepared for and want to study chemistry at A-level.

The 16-week programme will include the fundamentals of teaching chemistry. This will delve into delivering required practicals, how to answer extended response questions, the extended responses in science require students to write a method, form a comparison, evaluate information, or explain a phenomenon. We will also go through all the mathematical skills required for GCSE chemistry.

The 20-week programme will teach the fundamentals of year one A-level Chemistry.

The 24-week programme will teach the fundamentals of year two A-level Chemistry.

Delivery and Assessment

Delivery will be a blended approach of interactive online tutorials each week backed up with at home actives which will include but are not limited to, reading, exam style practice and developing resources that you can use in your future classrooms.

Assessments will range from practice papers, online quizzes and the development resources as well as analysis of topics. All of which you will receive feedback on.

“ The GORSE SCITT SKE in Chemistry really helped my understanding of the way the Chemistry Curriculum develops from key stage one all the way through to key stage five. ”

Modules

Module one – 8 weeks (KS3 and KS4)

This module prepares participants by boosting or refreshing their subject knowledge to higher combined science GCSE level.

This module will be split into 7 units:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Structure and bonding
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry from primary to A-level

This module will take 200 hours to complete.

Module two – Triple chemistry

This is an enhanced GCSE course designed for participants who would like to boost or refresh their knowledge all the way to triple chemistry level.

This module will be split into 4 units:

  • Polymers and Nanotech
  • Transition Metals and Titrations
  • Enhanced Quantitative
  • Chemical Cells and Identification of ions

Module three – How Science Works and Exam Technique

This module will take the subject knowledge developed in earlier modules and look in closer detail at how we teach this content.

This module will be split into 3 units:

  • Required Practicals
  • Extended responses
  • Mathematical skills

Module four – A-level year one

This module will introduce post-16 teaching. We will look at the subject knowledge involved in year one as well as practical knowledge and laboratory techniques required within the first year.

This module will be split into 3 units:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Module five – A-level year two

This module will focus on teaching the second half of chemistry A-level. We will look at the subject knowledge involved in year two as well as practical knowledge and laboratory techniques required within the first year.

This module will be split into 3 units:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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