Science ‘squeezed out of primary schools’

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?…”

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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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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Is it also because primary schools have so much else to squeeze in to a finite amount of time: Careers, Britishness etc

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Fairly typical of the DfE to ignore, sorry, dismiss the experience of those who actually do the job.

  3. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove One could just paste “A DFE spokesperson put hands over ears and said ‘lalalala..'” at the end of most news.

  4. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove It’s phenomenal the behaviour of civil servants/ministers/bureaucrats who continually ignore real evidence

  5. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Presumably they think we’re too dim to notice their inability to respond sensibly educationgovuk

  6. JaneCo94

    SchoolsImprove Daughter talks of uninspiring science in primary school. Too much report writing.Wonder if emphasis was appropriate.

  7. I was talking with quite a few NQTs yesterday. One NQT told me that Maths and English was all but 2 hours of her timetabled week!  She  worked thematically for 2 hours a week to cover all other curriculum areas very thinly.

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