This document, published by SCORE (Science Community Representing Education), provides guidance to primary schools on the resources needed to carry out practical work, to ensure that all children receive a well-rounded science education. The benchmarks show the levels of resourcing that SCORE considers necessary to provide effective and inspirational practical work in science.

The benchmarks can be used to:

* identify resources to support the teaching of the school’s science curriculum

* review science resources (equipment and consumables plus outdoor space) and identify topics for which there is a lack of appropriate resources.

* compare their resources with a national benchmark, to support a rationale for increased funding for science in their school (or cluster of schools).

* plan for a rolling programme of resource replacement.

* work with the senior leadership team on the science aspects of the school development plan and forecast future needs.

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