Dr Carly Brooke MChem PhD PGCE (Secondary Chemistry) QTS
Co-founder, Director and Tutor
Carly has been teaching Chemistry for a number of years, and is currently Head of Key Stage 5 Science at a well respected Liverpool School. The results for her latest cohort were outstanding, and an impressively large percentage of the cohort chose to study chemistry at university. During a recent OFSTED inspection Carly's teaching methods were used as an example of how lessons were 'engaging and inspiring learners and invigorating teaching'. She is a very experienced tutor of both GCSE and A-Level chemistry, and has received outstanding feedback from previous students.
Carly graduated from the University of Liverpool with a First Class Master of Chemistry degree; her final year research project was largely organic synthesis with applications in physical chemistry. As part of her degree she undertook a one year industrial placement in medicinal chemistry at GlaxoSmithKline, where she worked on novel antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia.
Upon completion of her Masters degree Carly embarked upon a PhD in Molecular Electronics. Her project was multidisciplinary, although she focused on organic synthesis and analysis, her studies incorporated aspects of electrochemistry and physics. Some of the work Carly completed during her PhD studies has been published in internationally recognised journals (see publication list below). Upon completion of her PhD Carly spent 6 months working as a post-doctoral researcher in organic chemistry, synthesising chiral examine N-oxides and resulting in a further publication in the RSC journal Chemical Communications.
During her PhD Carly worked as a university demonstrator, teaching undergraduate students in workshops and laboratory sessions. She also supervised many third and fourth year undergraduate students during their research projects. It was Carly's enjoyment of her teaching and supervision activities that led to her involvement in various University Outreach activities, most notably the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) initiative. Carly was involved in designing the workshop materials for this latter project, and delivered it to several schools across the Liverpool region. This initiative is still running, and is currently managed by ChemEducation's co-founder Cate.
Carly's involvement in teaching and Outreach cemented her decision to move into chemistry education permanently, and she accepted a place on a PGCE course at Liverpool Hope University. She graduated with a Distinction, and started her first post as a chemistry teacher in one of her placement schools. Carly has subsequently moved on to her second post, where she is currently Head of Key Stage 5 Science. With an A/AS level cohort of approximately 130, she teaches A Level extensively. Carly also works with AQA as a Science Practical Adviser, a role which sees her travel to schools across the country to advise A Level Science teachers and share best practice on the delivery of the Practical Endorsement aspect of A Level Sciences.