The BBC is reporting that suggests science is being squeezed out of English primary schools, with a third not providing the recommended two hours of teaching a week…
The Confederation of British Industry study also suggests science has become less of a priority in many schools.
A third of 260 teachers surveyed said they lacked confidence teaching science.
The government said the report was “nonsense” , and its new curriculum “rivals the best in the world”.
In the report, Tomorrow’s World, 53% of the teachers surveyed by YouGov for the CBI said science teaching had become less of a priority over the past five years.
And 36% of the schools teaching science at Key Stage 2 said they were not providing the minimum recommendation for science education of two hours every week.
Some 20% said they committed over three hours, but 7.5% said they taught less than one hour per week.
CBI director general John Cridland said: “Science education in primary schools is being squeezed out, with over half of teachers believing it has become less of a priority, with too many schools struggling to teach the recommended two hours every week.
“How can we expect to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers if we don’t deliver high-quality and inspiring science lessons at primary school age?…”
The DfE doesn’t accept these findings but they are surely of considerable concern. Anyone acknowledge there might be some truth in what’s being suggested based on their own experiences?
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