SCORE

  • SCORE is a partnership of organisations, which aims to improve science education in UK schools and colleges by supporting the development and implementation of effective education policy. The partnership is chaired by Professor Julia Buckingham and comprises the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology.

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Latest News from SCORE

News on A-level reform in the sciences

Read the SCORE press release in response to Ofqual's announcement on A-level assessment changes in the sciences 9 April 2014

In ongoing discussion with Ofqual SCORE has reiterated the concerns surrounding negative consequences to students and schools in separating the mark for practical work in the sciences from an overall A-level grade.

Read most recent correspondence with Ofqual Chief Regulator (March 2014)

See below for SCORE's formal output in 2013-2014 on the issue of A-level assessment reform in the sciences:

SCORE letter to The Times urges Ofqual not to separate practical marks from core A-level grades. Read the full statement from SCORE. Wednesday 26 March 2014

SCORE responded to the Ofqual consultation on A-level regulatory requirements. The consultation is to be read in conjunction with the SCORE response to the Department for Education consultation on A-level subject content in biology, chemistry and physics (below).

Read the SCORE response to the Ofqual consultation on A-level regulatory requirements

In December 2013, SCORE joined other partners in the science education community to express deep concerns surrounding the proposals presented in the Ofqual and Department for Education consultations in a letter to The Times.

SCORE responded to the Department for Education consultation on A-level subject content in biology, chemistry and physics. The consultation response forms part of wider SCORE activities on A-level reform, and refers to SCORE's forthcoming response to the Ofqual consultation on new A-level regulatory requirements. Read full response and appendices here:

On 16 September Julia Buckingham wrote a letter to Chief Regulator at Ofqual, Glenys Stacey. The letter expresses SCORE's concerns over the A-level reform process, and the way in which SCORE was reported as a contributor to Professor Smith's report on A-level content.

Read the Ofqual response from Glenys Stacey, received on 7 October here.

The National Curriculum key stages 1-3 has been published by the Department for Education. On 8 August SCORE wrote a Letter to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare on National Curriculum review process and submitted a response to the final consultation review. Read the SCORE response here.

SCORE has released a statement on A-level reform. This press release outlines SCORE involvement in the A-level reform process to date, and presents the SCORE view on announcements made by the Department for Education and Ofqual on 6 September 2013. Read the statement.

SCORE has written a letter to the Telegraph newspaper regarding practical work in science education. The letter supports concerns raised by the Council for Science and Technology on practical assessment and reiterates the SCORE position towards practical work.

SCORE has submitted a response to the Ofqual consultation on GCSE reform. (3 September 2013)