SCORE research and policy
Key stage 4 - time for a re-think?
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
Changes to the assessment of A-levels in the sciences - guide
for admissions officers
- 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.
Principles for routes into teaching the sciences at secondary
- 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
Principles for the assessment of practical work
- SCORE has published a document in which the SCORE principles
for the development of effective assessment schemes for practical
work in the sciences are explained.
Resourcing Practical Science in schools reports
- The Resourcing Schools Science project was initiated to provide
SCORE with robust and rigorously analysed evidence on the current
resourcing of practical work in the sciences across primary and
secondary schools and sixth form colleges in England.
- The Resourcing Practical Science in schools, primary and
secondary, reports summarise the evidence gained through this
research project and highlight SCORE recommendations for the
improvement of practical work across schools in the UK.
Mathematics in Science
- The overall objective for research in Mathematics in Science at
A-level was to provide evidence on the type, extent and difficulty
of mathematics assessed in science A-levels and to establish
whether the current assessments reflected the mathematical
requirements of the sciences.
- Details of the research findings and SCORE's policy advice on
Mathematics in Science at A-level are reported in the Mathematics
within A-level science 2010 examinations reports.
Subject specialist teaching
- In 2011 SCORE conducted a research project that considered the
imbalance of subject specialist teachers in the sciences in
maintained sector schools.
Progression routes in STEM
This research developed from a need
within the STEM community to develop more accurate and accessible
advice for young people, relating to subject choice, entry
requirements (for higher education) and progression in STEM.
This research focused on only one of
the possible progression routes for young people - progression from
post-16 education in schools and colleges into STEM degree
programmes in higher education.
GCSE Science 2008 Examinations
Examinations - relative difficulty
- This report was commissioned in order to address whether the
relative difficulty of different subjects can be compared.
- A summary of the main conclusions was published in July