1 Planned practical science

Every school should have a written policy that explains why teachers use practical science, the outcomes they expect from it and how they achieve those outcomes. The process of producing the policy is as important as the policy itself.

  • The policy should be produced as a team effort by teachers and technicians across the science department.
  • The policy should explain the differences in practical science between different age groups.
  • The policy should say how special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are accommodated.
  • The policy should include any use of opportunities for practical science outside the school, in universities, employers, science centres etc.
  • The policy should be annually reviewed against practice.
  • There should be a member of the senior leader team who will act as a ‘sponsor’ for practical science among senior leaders.