Improving primary science

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By Julie Smartfreelance education writer

An evaluation of science education in England, published by Ofsted in early January 2011, highlighted a lack of confidence and expertise among primary school teachers

Children science lesson

Ofsted: ‘More science training needed’

Primary school teachers need more training in science for standards to improve, says Ofsted. But given that inspectors also see lack of local authority support as an issue, where can schools go for help?

Ofsted’s report, Successful science , highlighted the valuable role of Science Learning Centres (SLCs) in providing high-quality professional development. It also praised the success of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM), a scheme that aims to raise the profile of science and promote a commitment to excellence.

Science Learning Centres

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