The Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Good Practical Science report identified what schools should do to achieve good practical science. At the heart of their recommendations is that all schools should have a policy document explaining the purposes, outcomes and methods of using practical science in their teaching. The process of producing the policy is as important as the policy itself.
Download the full Good Practical Science report with its ten benchmarks and ten recommendations for schools, government and policymakers.
The ASE’s Making it happen project supported benchmark 1 (planned practical science) in the report by producing resources for use by science departments to help them consider different aspects of writing and reviewing a policy for good practical science.
The ASE project has produced two resources to support schools who are considering their own written policy:
- Supporting resources for use by teachers, departments and others as professional development to explore different aspects of practical science, with guidance on how to create an effective policy. Each module contains presenter notes, a presentation and supporting materials.
- Case studies of how five very different departments went about creating their policies, and the impact these processes had on their teaching. Each case study includes a copy of their policy.
Case Studies (To download the individual case studies and associated appendices click on the relevant item on the contents page)
The professional development materials have been developed with the support of a number of schools, and the project team wish to acknowledge the enthusiasm and commitment of these schools, including those featured in the case studies.
- Arnold Academy
- Caedmon College Whitby
- Chelsea Academy
- Elthorne Park High School
- George Pindar School
- Great Torrington School
- Helston Community College
- Launceston College
- Nottingham Emmanuel School
- Oasis Academy Immingham
- Scalby School
- Sir James Smith’s School
- Sir John Lawes School
- St George Catholic College
- St Joseph’s Catholic Academy
- Turing House School
- Weatherhead High School
This Good Practical Science project is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation