Charlotte Santry

‘I can’t work under these (laboratory) conditions’

Study warns mess and broken equipment are leading science teachers to quit – and finds evidence of cheating

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Dirty school laboratories, broken equipment and large classes are driving science teachers away from the profession, according to research findings seen by TES.

A study by Birendra Singh from the UCL Institute of Education has found that turnover among science teachers is having a “devastating impact” on pupils’ education.

It also documents how science teachers were under pressure to inflate grades under the – since abandoned – science practical exam coursework system.

The Association for Science Education is backing the concerns raised about the condition of labs, warning of the impact of ...

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