RSC - Advancing the Chemical Sciences

Science Activities


Surely that's banned?

31 October 2005

There have been concerns nationally about the effectiveness of some of the science currently being taught in some secondary schools, especially to pupils in the period of statutory teaching.

The RSC is concerned about the teaching of practical science and in particular that:

  • there are a number of myths and misunderstandings about presumed bans on particular chemicals, activities or procedures in school science: and
  • much effective teaching of practical science is being inhibited on the spurious grounds of health and safety     

It asked CLEAPSS (a national advisory body supporting the teaching of practical science) to investigate whether these concerns are justified in secondary schools across the UK. 

The report below indicates that the RSC's concerns were justified.

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