Primary science: is it missing out? recommendations for reviving primary science
Published in September 2014 this report details the findings and recommendations of a study carried out by the Wellcome Trust on the deployment of science and maths leaders in primary schools. The study carried out in 2013 explored how science and maths expertise is currently used in schools and looked at understanding the strategic drivers behind the different models of deployment. Research consisted of: *an online survey completed by 209 schools in England with primary age students *follow-up interviews with 21 of the schools that completed the survey *detailed case studies of science provision and leadership in three of the schools followed-up. Finding that very few schools have access to high levels of science expertise and that strategic leadership for the subject is weak, the report discusses the concerns about the status of primary science and the accountability systems in place for it.
Following on from this report Wellcome Trust began a primary science campaign from 2017, which is to run over 5 years. The reports from this campaign can be found in this resource: https://www.stem.org.uk/rxesew