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Working with big ideas of science education

This publication follows five years after Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education, in response to concerns that many students did not find their science education interesting or see it as relevant to their lives. The original report identified ten big ideas...

Questions for governors: a framework to facilitate discussions between governors and school leaders

The questions in this framework can help governing bodies identify areas to celebrate or challenge in their schools, enabling them to work with their senior leaders to drive improvement. This framework aims to enable governors to perform at their best, exemplifying an approach which could benefit all curriculum...

Principles and Big Ideas of Science Education

This report, edited by Wynne Harlen in 2009 sets out the principles that should underpin the science education of all students throughout their schooling. It argues that students should be helped to develop ‘big ideas’ of science and about science that will enable them to understand the scientific aspects of the...

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...

The Development of Students’ Understanding of Physical Characteristics of Air, Across the Age Range 5-16 Years

This report was intended to provide a longer term perspective on changes taking place in students’ understanding over the compulsory school years. The topic of air was chosen on the basis both of its importance throughout school science and its accessibility to students across the entire school age range.

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Primary School Science Assessment

This report summarises the discussions from a seminar held at the Nuffield Foundation on 18th September 2012. It was held in response to the publication in July 2012 of a report written by a working group of primary science specialists entitled Developing policy, principles and practice in primary...

Differentiated Primary Science

This book provided by Anne Qualter, discusses the provision of different experiences suited to the needs of individual children. The introduction of the National Curriculum brought new challenges for teachers in respect of ensuring opportunities for all children to learn and focused on different conceptions and...

Continuing Professional Development for Teacher of Mathematics

Provided by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), this resource was written in 2002. It includes recommendations on the steps to be taken, at that time, to raise the quality of mathematical provision in schools. Concerns regarding the poor uptake of students continuing to study mathematics at Post...

Science and Mathematics Education 5-14

This report, produced by the Royal Society, has a triple purpose:

• to provide a summary of the quantitative information that is available on attainment and the workforce in respect of 5–14 science and mathematics education across the UK

• to explain the factors considered to have been influential in...

Key Stages One and Two of the National Curriculum 1995

This version of the National Curriculum for primary schools was published in January 1995 for implementation later that year. Programmes of study and attainment targets are set out for each of the subjects taught at Key Stages One and Two - English, mathematics, science, design and technology, information...

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