The role of the practical in 9:1 GCSE A teacher's perspective
Issue 269 | Page 16 | Published Sep 2017
The abolition of controlled assessment from GCSE science has led to much discussion around the role of practical work and how it will be assessed. Science is, after all, a practical subject. The practical is one of the things that most excites a new Year 7 (age 12) cohort eager to experience the Bunsen burner, and I always feel a responsibility to the scientific community to produce scientists who are capable of carrying out experiments safely and competently (maybe because of my experiences of working in a lab).
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