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


SCORE believes that science should continue to have a central place in the core curriculum in both primary and secondary schools. The science curriculum taught in schools should be engaging and authentic, enabling children to develop scientific understanding and knowledge. They should also have the opportunity to experience a range of practical and outdoor activities to enhance their learning.

National Curriculum Review

In January 2011, the Secretary of State for Education announced a Review of the National Curriculum in England. New Programmes of Study are being developed, and will be in schools in 2013, for first teaching in 2014. SCORE has been involved throughout the Review.

Practical work in science

Practical work is an intrinsic part of studying the sciences, and good quality practical work promotes the engagement and interest of students, as well as developing a range of skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding. SCORE has been concerned for some time about the extent and quality of practical work being carried out in schools, and is carrying out research to investigate.

Enhancement and enrichment

Enhancement and enrichment activities can be very valuable, providing students with new ways of learning about science beyond the curriculum. SCORE believes that all schools should have access to good quality activities, and that research should be carried out to establish the benefits that such activities can have on learning.

Scientific enquiry

SCORE has published a report of a SCORE workshop on scientific enquiry, held on 19 September at the Royal Society. The report - Scientific enquiry and its place in the National Curriculum -  summarises the main issues raised and describes the views of the participants. The report does not represent SCORE policy.

Contact us

For further information please contact at the SCORE Secretariat.