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DfE’s sample test shows science achievement plummeted

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22nd Jan 2020

Amanda Spielman launched Ofsteds Annual Report 2018/19   review today. The news about Primary science made grim reading. See what she had to say below; 

For example, the latest PISA findings show that England has made some gains in maths and reading. That’s good news. But we should not ignore stagnant outcomes in science. And this may come back at least in part to what happens in primary schools. Subject-level inspection and key stage 2 science tests were removed 15 years ago and 10 years ago, respectively. We know from the DfE’s sample test that key stage 2 science achievement has plummeted since these control levers were removed. And more recently, our own primary curriculum work has shown us that subjects outside the core of maths and English are often weak, and that includes science. Secondary schools are now having to teach most children science from a lower starting point.

 This news will probably come as no surprise to science subject Leaders out there, as feedback from you, often illustrates the lack of time devoted to science in your schools and lack of CPD funding available in this area.

Education Guru is offering a discount on all its training carried out in February and March 2020 to help you address these issues occurring in many primary schools. Get in touch if you would like to host some training at your school at the discounted price. 

To read the full speech click on the link and to download the Annual Review click on the folder.

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