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The removal of national curriculum levels has led to some uncertainty about how schools and Science Departments can be confident in tracking pupil progress; assessing pupil performance in a way which is both rigorous and accurate, and using assessment as an effective planning and teaching tool.
Designed to fill the gap created by the removal of National Curriculum Levels,
The Lancashire Assessment Programme for Secondary Science offers schools an assessment model that provides:
Trialled throughout Lancashire schools before its launch, this programme offers the structure and rigour required of schools to track pupils' progress and plot progression in line with expectations at GCSE.
Schools adopting this programme are invited to attend the Assessment without Levels in Science Network meeting scheduled for Thursday 16 March 2017
These networks will support SCIENCE Departments in the application of the programme and offer further standardised exemplars with commentaries to develop moderation in schools: giving departments confidence in the accuracy of their assessment.
National Curriculum proposals|
On the 7th February 2013, Michael Gove published his draft proposals for a revised National Curriculum. He is asking for comments by the 16th April 2013.
The draft programme of study for KS3 and KS4 and a consultation reply slip can be downloaded below.
Ofsted have just published “The acid test: guidance on self-evaluation for science subject leaders”.
It is intended to help science subject leaders implement, monitor and evaluate school improvement.
The guide uses materials from the school inspection handbook, which sets out the grade descriptors and guidance used by inspectors when making their judgements during section 5 inspections.
Performance Tables 2015|
In future, the only non-GCSE qualifications to be reported in performance tables will be those that have been judged to be high quality, rigorous and able to provide the majority of students with access to a range of future study and employment opportunities.
Each qualification will count as equivalent to no more than one GCSE.
A list for science is shown below.
The following qualifications are recognised as good passes in sciences:
Pupils therefore need a minimum of two good GCSE passes in sciences to achieve the English Baccalaureate.
The DfE spokesperson confirmed that BTECs are not accepted as a substitute. GCSE passes in core science and a single separate science (biology, physics or chemistry) are also not accepted.
Double award science has been included in the English Baccalaureate because a few schools still offer it, although most have transferred to core and additional science.
National Science & Engineering Week 15-24 March 2013|
New Hazard Warninmg Lables|
NEW HAZARD WARNING LABLES
The EU has adopted a Globally Harmonized System for classifying chemicals. Chemical will eventually be labelled the same way throughout the EU.