A new policy report by SCORE -
The sciences at key stage: time for a re-think? is
available to read here.
In the report SCORE proposes that there should be a single route
for the sciences at key stage 4. This would help ensure
that opportunities for high-quality study of the sciences are
available to all, on an equitable basis. A single route would
remove the need for decisions to be made at 14 that could
limit students' future choices, and give all students an authentic,
exciting and inspiring experience of the sciences, providing them
with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their future
endeavours, whether or not they decide to pursue the sciences
beyond 16. SCORE hopes this document will act as a spur for
SCORE has produced a
guide for those involved or interested in university admissions
which gives information about major changes to the way practical
work in the sciences at A-level will be assessed from this
September. Skills in working practically will no longer contribute
to the final A-level grade, but passes will be reported as a
separate endorsement in the A-level results published in August
2017 and thereafter.
SCORE fully understand that higher education institutions
will make their own admissions arrangements, but hope this guide
will be useful as admissions officers and academics
decide how to respond to this change.
SCORE has responded
to the Ofqual consultation on GCSE
reform: regulations for science.
A report of a seminar SCORE held to discuss the changes to the
assessment of practical work in the sciences at A-level is now
available to read
SCORE has published
a set of principles for routes into teaching the sciences at
secondary level. This document showcases SCORE's beliefs
on the purpose of initial teacher education, the support
trainee teachers should receive and the measures which should be
put in place to ensure courses are of high quality.
SCORE has responded to the Department
consultation on professional development and a new independent
professional body for teaching, and the Ofqual
consultation on changing the way practical work is assessed in
the sciences at GCSE.
Press releases and media coverage