National strategy for school science

14th September 2001 at 01:00
GSDTo ensure that enough people study science to a standard which will enable Scotland's needs to be met in future, the Science Strategy for Scotland says:

* Learning and Teaching Scotland will prepare exemplar material for teaching science to primary and early secondary school classes;

* a more rigorous assessment of science will be developed across the 3-14 stages to support learning and teaching and monitoring of performance;

* local authorities will be given resources to employ additional teachers as part of the recent pay and conditions settlement. With further targeted resources, these will enable education authorities to support science teaching in primary schools and allow experienced science teachers to take sabbaticals;

* higher education institutions will be responsible for delivering teacher education and training to create additional science teachers for secondary schools;

* the Scottish Executive will consider, as part of general reviews of teacher training and CPD, what changes are needed to delivery high-quality science education and will support initiatives to give science teachers high-quality professional updating;

* the Scottish Qualifications Authority will ensure national examinations test candidates' capacity across the full range of knowledge, understanding and skills, as specified in the examination arrangements;

* Learning and Teaching Scotland will advise on how to enable pupils to cope, as citizens and decision makers, with scientific issues;

* the Executive will work with the science community, the network of Scottish science centres and business and industry to harness practical support for science education and to promote young people's understanding and enthusiasm for science as a career;

* it will also work with authorities to secure the provision of modern accommodation and resources for science education;

* as part of Science Year, it will organise an international conference of science educators. This will consider innovative approaches to teaching science at school and post-school levels, including community education and wider public understanding.

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