Science in the primary classroom is beneficial

Here at the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, we were very interested to read Ofsted's Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments this month on the study of science in primary schools.

He emphasises the lack of science teaching in primary schools, and the variable quality of the teaching. Our organisation covers cross-curricular CPD with the aim of getting more science in to the classroom and we are being referred to in a recent BBC report to justify the Government’s actions on this.

A Department for Education spokesman said:

"We are also investing millions to raise the quality of teaching in languages and science through initiatives like the Science Learning Partnership, which benefited more than 2,600 primary schools last year alone.

Our independent studies suggest 86% of teachers confirm impacts on pupils, including better engagement, increased motivation to study science and improved progress and attainment.” 

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