National Strategies: Science

In 2002 the UK Government launched the Key Stage Three National Strategy for science – a school support programme involving locally employed consultants to work with science teachers and departments to raise standards in Key Stage Three science across England (students aged 11-14).

From the introduction to Framework for Teaching Science: Years Seven, Eight and Nine: "The National Strategy for Key Stage 3 is part of the Government’s support for schools as they strive to reach their targets. It began in schools in September 2001 with the introduction of two strands: English and mathematics. Three other strands – science, information and communication technology (ICT), and teaching and learning in the foundation subjects (TLF) – will be introduced in 2002–03.”

The initial approach taken was based around the acronym EPET, that is, to try and raise Expectations about students' learning; focus on Progression through the keystages; to use teaching methods that Engage students more readily; and on Transformation of the teaching profession at Key Stage Three – to build the capacity of teachers. This was all underpinned by ‘frameworks’ which were produced in two versions (2002 and 2008) as the demands of the National Curriculum and the remit of the programme changed.

Education consultants were employed by Local Authorities and trained in the delivery of centrally produced classroom and teacher training materials – central development being undertaken under contract by CfBT and (later) Capita consultants. These materials were then interpreted by the Local Authorities consultants for the local secondary school setting, and used for training and coaching purposes. Materials were often also distributed electronically via the internet.

The Key Stage Three Strategy for science became part of the Secondary National Strategies, with a broader remit than just 11-14 year old students.

The whole National Strategies programme ended in 2011.



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Exploring the Development of Effective Provision for Able Learners in Science

This booklet from the National Strategies is an abridged version of the science-specific quality standards with the addition of extracts from a teacher e-module. It is designed to give an introduction and overview of the structure and use of the Classroom Quality Standards (CQS) in science. It is based on the...

Identifying Gifted and Talented Learners - Getting Started

This guidance booklet from the National Strategies aims to support schools in developing good practice in identification, particularly in relation to under-achieving, gifted and talented learners, and those groups who are not traditionally well-represented in gifted and talented populations.

The resource...

Teacher Guidance with Additional Notes for EAL Learners

These guidance notes, from the National Strategies, are designed to help teachers address aspects of the science curriculum for students whose first language is not English. The guides provide strategies to ensure progression to level six and beyond, explaining clearly what characteristics and skills the students...

Working Together: Teaching Assistants and Assessment for Learning

The materials in this National Strategies resource help teaching assistants to develop their role in supporting assessment for learning (AfL) in the classroom by promoting and embedding good practice in partnership with teachers.

Throughout the resource, teaching assistants reflect on and evaluate their role...


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