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Association for Science Education
Institute of Physics
Royal Society
Royal Society of Biology
Royal Society of Chemistry


July 2015

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 further discussion.

May 2015

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.

March 2015

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 here.

February 2015

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 for Education 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.

Consultation responses


Policy reports

Press releases and media coverage