Scientific limits

12th May 2000 at 01:00
WHAT is the point of producing imaginative and exciting courses such as the Salters Horners advanced physics and the Institute of Physics' advanced physics if the teacher's choice is restricted?

In recent months I have heard of heads of science and physics coming under pressure to adopt courses from particular exam boards, whether for financial or adminisrative convenience.

I hope that physics teachers will make it plain to governors and headteachers that selection of courses needs to be on the basis of what is best for the pupil, judged by those with expertise and knowledge of the subject and what each course has to offer.

Chris Butlin

Science education group

University of York

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