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ITT ‘fails to give trainees the skills to teach science’

NQTs claim training courses left them unprepared for assessing pupils’ progress in the subject

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We know that science is squeezed out by English and maths in primary schools, but now research shows that it is also “often the poor relation” in primary initial teacher training courses, too.

A previously unreported study from the Wellcome Trust raises particular concerns about courses in which trainees do not formally observe science lessons, and from which they start their careers unprepared for assessing how their pupils are doing in the subject.

The findings echo some of the experiences of Cheryl Hillyard, an NQT at West Earlham Infant and Nursery School in Norwich.

“We had only two ...

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