People we work with.

PsyChem has it's name from  the partnership between a Psychologist (Terry) and a Chemist (Margaret).
Dr Terry Clayton  has worked as a Local Authority Psychologist for more than 25 years and also with Dyslexia Action for 10 years and is now retired.
Margaret Clayton has taught chemistry for 38 years and has developed her own Liquid Nitrogen Show which combines fun with theory.
Terry helps Margaret with the Liquid Nitrogen show.

Combining 'Fun with Theory'
Scientist in School Day at
South Wilts Grammar School.


The Three Demonstrations
Solids, Liquids and Gases
This is suitable for Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils.
The arrangement of particles in Solids, Liquids and Gases will be demonstrated in such a way that these particles become real in the child's imagination.  As ideas become clear to the pupils they will be able to answer SATs questions and will be challenged with concepts of of density, expansion and contraction.  Pupils interested in chemistry will be sparked by their participation, facilitating later understanding of the subject.  This demonstration can be adapted for children with Special Educational Needs.
The Kinetic Theory
This is suitable for Key Stage 3 and GCSE pupils.
Over 40 demonstrations will be used to illustrate clearly the theory that all material is made up of particles and that the arrangement of these particles is responsible for the physical properties of the material.  In addition, percentage composition of the air, chemical and physical properties of gases, and other interesting facts will be demonstrated in a safe, exciting, interactive way using Liquid Nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius.
Pupils will also be introduced to some of the ideas that they will be taught later, in their GCSE Science course.
"Family Learning" Sessions
I have been able to provide integrated and interactive family learning sessions to quite large numbers of adults and children, (approximately two hundred).  The demonstrations are tailored very much to the aims of the particular event, bearing in mind what the pupils have experienced during the day.  The children have been delighted to share knowledge with their parents and the parents have been amazed to see how many chemistry facts their children have absorbed.  Parents have also taken away information about educational and career opportunities.


A single lecture lasting approximately 60-75 minutes costs £300. Second and third lectures, on the same day and at the same venue, each cost £100.  Arrangements can be also be made to share costs with a nearby school if appropriate.  A Family learning evening can be discussed, say two sessions of three quarters of an hour at a cost of £300.  Sometimes lectures are supported by DSTL, RSC, grants, a local business or a chemical firm.  

For venues of over 20 miles from home an additional charge for travelling will be made.

Once a booking has been made, this should be confirmed by sending a £150 deposit to Mrs Margaret Clayton.

e-mail: meclayton100@btinternet.com   

Tel: 01980 862286