So how can we create the best environment for our pupils to learn?
We need to:
* refurbish school laboratories even beyond the pound;60 million newly provided;
* enhance science technicians' jobs to attract high quality, well-trained personnel;
* ensure our teaching engages all students.
It is down to teachers to take advantage of whatever support, resources and professional development are available. For example, the key stage 3 strategy, with its emphasis on supported continuing professional development, looks promising.
In the primary sector this is the right time to bring science to the fore in a reconstituted, balanced curriculum.
For more than 100 years the Association for ScienceEducation has worked to help teachers improve scienceeducation and will continueto do so.
For more information about the Association for Science Education visit www.ase.org.uk
Derek Bell is chief executive of the Association for Science Education