SCORE's Evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry on practical work
01 May 2011
The SCORE response covers the following:
- The importance of practical work in the teaching of the sciences to the 5-19 cohort. Good quality practical work develops a range of skills, science knowledge and conceptual understanding and it promotes the engagement and interest of students - all of which is likely to impact positively on learner progression in the sciences, both into higher education and careers. This is vital in meeting the growing demand from employers for STEM skills, and in maintaining the UK economic competitiveness.
- The enablers of practical work in the sciences for the 5-19 cohort. Appropriate teacher and technician support, resourcing and assessment are essential if science departments and primary teachers are to use good quality practical work in the teaching of the sciences.
- Improving the quantity and quality of practical work in the sciences. It is suggested this is through: evidence based research to inform the design, assessment and resourcing of practical work; accountability to ensure all young people have access to good quality practical work; and the promotion of good practice and resources.
Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry on practical work
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