Nuffield Science 13 to 16

The Nuffield 13 to 16 project grew out of an investigation set up by the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project in 1974. This was CESIS: Curriculum and Examination Systems in Integrated Science. The main finding was that what teachers needed was a project to help them make the best use of all the resources already available and to help them tailor resources to fit their own pattern of school organisation. From the start of the scheme until the material was prepared for publication, the units were tried in schools and modified accordingly.

A modular approach to integrated science 

As the work developed during the 1970s, the project team decided to develop a ‘comprehensive’ integrated course drawing together ideas from SCISP and Nuffield Secondary Science. To make the resources as flexible as possible, the published scheme consisted of 44 short units, each with a student booklet and a teachers' guide. The ‘Teachers’ Handbook’ included a formidable network chart that showed the interconnections between the Units and the possible routes through the scheme.

The students 

Nuffield Units were written primarily for pupils of average ability. In this context, ‘students of average ability' meant those who were potential candidates for the Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE). This in itself provided a pretty wide spread, but students outside this range were provided for, to a limited extent, by extra worksheets in the teachers' guides.

The publications 

Nuffield Science 13 to 16 booklets were published by a low-cost method. The booklets for students were more like workbooks than textbooks. Each chapter usually corresponded to an hour or so of class time. The units, for a three year course to age 16, were presented in four groups:

  • B Units for Year 3 in secondary schools (now Year 9) – 15 shorter units
  • S Units for a single-certificate Science course – 11 units
  • D Units for double-certificate Further Science course – 10 units
  • X Units as extras to be used selectively to supplement the certificate courses – 8 units

Resources

Nuffield Science 13 to 16: B Units

The 15 Basic ('B') units for year three (now year nine) of Nuffield 13 to 16 each included enough material for six double periods. Schools were expected to cover five units in a term.

The booklets for students were supplemented by worksheets, to be found in the middle of most teachers’ guides. These could be...

Publication date:
1970 - 1979

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Nuffield Science 13 to 16: S units

The 11 Science ('S') units in the Nuffield 13-16 programme each included enough material for eight double periods. Together they covered the content of a single-certificate Science course when combined with two X units. Schools were expected to cover two and a half units in a term.

The booklets for students...

Publication date:
1980 - 1989

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Nuffield Science 13 to 16: D units

The 10 Further Science ('D') units in the Nuffield 13-16 programme each included enough material for eight double periods. Together they provided for a double-award in science by covering the content of a second Science course when combined with three X units. Schools were expected to cover about two and a half...

Publication date:
1980 - 1989

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Nuffield Science 13 to 16: X units

The eight Science ('D') Units in the Nuffield 13-16 programme each included enough material for eight double periods. Together they provided some choice for teachers who could select two of the units to complete the Single Science course and a further three units to complete the Further Science course. The booklets...

Publication date:
1980 - 1989

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