Research and analysis

Improving science with the Lab 13 project

Ofsted good practice example showing how Irchester Community Primary School has improved science as part of a whole-school journey to good.


In responding to earlier Ofsted inspection recommendations, school leaders at Irchester Community Primary School realised that a focus on science could help to develop pupils’ overall skills of questioning, provide scope for them to find out answers for themselves and improve their understanding through, for example, practical investigations.

The school appointed a full-time professional scientist in residence to enhance the practical delivery of science. This has enabled all teachers to confidently incorporate scientific enquiry into science lessons. The science provision captures all the elements of the new science national curriculum and reflects much of the good practice set out in the 2013 Ofsted report ‘Maintaining curiosity’.