Science in schools report card - ‘Must Do Better’

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 @ 9:20AM

This week, The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish Science Education published a report on the state of science teaching in schools - its findings should be a wake-up call for the Scottish Government and its education secretary Mike Russell.

Less spent per pupil in both primary and secondary in Scotland than in England; 82% of secondary schools worried about resources for practical work in the next two years; 98% of primary and secondary schools reporting that they have to find external funding sources to support practical work, with parents and teachers having to contribute funds; schools with problems providing sufficient equipment to support new Curriculum for Excellence courses that require more up-to-date equipment …

It is a report card chock-full of ‘must do better’.

And when you consider that, according to some reported figures, by 2030, over 7 million jobs in the UK will require science skills, these figures go beyond uncomfortable reading, they’re downright alarming - does the education secretary realise that the high-skilled science graduates we’ll need in 2030 are already at school?

My science teachers drilled in to me that Speed = Distance / Time. Michael Russell needs to hurry up because with the distance he has to travel, time is fast running out.

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