Research and analysis

Successful science: strengths and weaknesses of school science teaching

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

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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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Detail

This Ofsted survey report found that there has been an improving trend in the provision 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.

In schools that showed clear improvement in science subjects, more practical science lessons and 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.