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State of the Nation Report
Primary Science Campaign
Aim for all children to have an exciting, inspiring and relevant science education, which prepares them to progress further and understand the relevance of science in everyday life
Report looks at science teaching and the awareness and impact of the Primary Science Campaign and the nature of that impact
Science Leadership Survery
902 science leaders
Asked about how their school teaches science / heir role as science leader / their views on science
Online survey of 1,010 teachers
Asked about how they teach science / their views on science
1,906 pupils aged between 7 and 11 years
Asked about their attitudes towards science
Findings on Leadership & Teaching Survey
While over 80% said English and maths were very importance to the Senior Leadership Team, only 30% said the same of science.
Participation in the PSQM, the Science Leader having received recent CPD and the Senior Leadership Team viewing science as 'very important' all impacted on the amount teachers felt supported by their school.
Only around 50% agreed that they have adequate resources.
Children are not receiving two hours of science each week
Only 53% of Science Leaders had undertaken external CPD in the last 12 months
30% of teachers said that they did not receive any support
58% of teachers agreed enough time was spent on science and teaching was to a good standard
Around 1/3rd did not rate themselves as being good at science and 36% were not interested in science outside of teaching.
A not insignificant number were concerned about being asked a question they are unable to answer.
Science was included in the development plans for well over half the schools surveyed, with a focus on developing the teaching of science, which is a promising sign.
Findings on Pupil Survey
44% of children said they like science 'a lot' and 15% do not like it
Only 30% were interested in a science related career
87% of children agreed science was interesting and enjoy finding out how things work
Recognised the social benefits of science
Over 1/3rd of children in Year 5 & 6 were interested in a science related career, such as veterinary, healthcare or engineering
But a significant minority saw science as boring and too difficult
Younger years enjoyed science more with 55% of Year 3 agreeing that they liked science 'a lot', steadily decreasing to 50% in Year 4, 39% in Year 5 and 36% in Year 6