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Research and analysis

Science teaching in schools: strengths and weaknesses

Ofsted survey report evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of science in primary and secondary schools and colleges inspected between June 2007 and March 2010.

Documents

Successful science

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Successful science

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Successful science: report summary

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Successful science: report summary

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This Ofsted survey report found that there has been an improving trend in the quality of science education over the period of the report, especially in secondary schools, but there are areas that need further improvement, especially in primary schools.

Schools that showed clear improvement in science subjects had more practical science lessons. The development of the skills of scientific enquiry were key factors in promoting pupils’ engagement, learning and progress. The report identifies outstanding teaching and describes how to move from satisfactory to good or outstanding practice.