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The CASE approach for pupils with learning difficulties

Published in June 2002, this article, by Shirley Simon, looks at applying Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) theory to planning and teaching Thinking Science lessons for students with different needs.

Using Thinking Science with mixed-ability classes can be challenging...

Catering for Dyslexia - how others benefit

Published in June 2002. Dyslexia affects a significant proportion of the UK population and can be a barrier to learning in science for those afflicted. There are a number of techniques teachers can employ to alleviate the problems dyslexic students face with both practical and written work in science. These have...

Children with communication difficulties in mainstream science classrooms

Published in June 2002, this article, by W. and J. Wellington, explores some of the problems that children with communication difficulties face in learning science, its vocabulary, and its own particular language. Practical ideas and strategies are suggested for helping to overcome these barriers in mainstream...

Researching the Use of the i-Book Within the Primary Science Specialist Programme

Published in late 2013, this report contains the findings of a research study which looked into the use of electronic books (e-books or i-books) within continuous professional development (CPD).

The research looked in particular at the way that teachers on the 2013-14 National STEM Learning Centre and...

Evaluation of the impact of a continuing professional development (CPD) course for primary science specialists: full report

Published in April 2015 this is the final report evaluating the impact of a continuing professional development (CPD) science course for primary school teachers. The course was developed by the Wellcome Trust and the National STEM Learning Centre, and was designed to train primary teachers to become primary science...

Evaluation of the Wellcome Trust Primary Science Specialist Programme

Published in 2015, the Wellcome Trust worked with the National STEM Learning Centre and Network to develop an intensive CPD programme for primary teachers with the aim of improving their expertise to become effective leaders of science in their schools. The Trust commissioned the University of York to help them...

Developing great science subject leadership: great ideas for primary science from schools that value science

This leaflet provides support for a Primary Science Leader (PSL), based on good practice in schools that value science. It is aimed at helping PSL’s to  reflect on current science provision and how to plan for improvement. Key areas discussed are:

• looking at, how science is led
• looking at different...

The most able students: examining failure to achieve

Ofsted survey report investigating why many of the most able students from non-selective schools fail to achieve their potential.

Final report of the Commission on assessment without levels

DfE Advice for schools on assessment after the removal of the national curriculum levels system for grading children.

Pages 20-24 cover the principles that underpin assessment policies.

Page 41 recommends what trainees should learn about assessment during their training.  

Page 38 onwards...

Mathematics Enhancement Programme Primary (MEPP) Report

This paper sets out to give an understanding of what was distinctive about MEPP training and teaching, and summarises the findings from a research project to evaluate its effectiveness in improving students' achievement in mathematics.

During the development of the programme the government implemented its...


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