Science and mathematics report
26 February 2010
The Science and Learning Group has published its investigation into the teaching of mathematics and science in schools and colleges.
Sylvia McNamara, QCDA's director of policy implementation, said: "Sir Mark Walport's report makes a valuable contribution to the debate around the critical role of science and maths in developing thinking and problem-solving skills."
"We are introducing more stretch and challenge in these subjects and this is reflected in recent changes to the design of qualifications."
"This summer, A level students will sit the new style exams which demand a more broad understanding and will better prepare young people for higher education and employment."
"The A* grade will recognise and reward exceptional performance and offer better discrimination between higher performing students."
She continued: "At QCDA, we recognise the need for greater involvement when designing curriculum, assessment and qualifications. Input from teachers and lecturers, awarding bodies, subject specialists and the learned societies all played a vital role in the recent revisions to mathematics and science GCSEs, as well as the new Science Diploma for 2011."
"We are always looking at ways to encourage greater contribution from higher education, professional bodies, employers, teachers and of course parents, who can all help us develop a curriculum and range of assessments which give young people the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential."
The Science and Learning Expert Group is one of five Expert Groups set up during 2009 to take forward the UK's Science and Society strategy.
It was asked to consider pre-19 science and mathematics learning in schools and colleges, to note where this is currently working well and to recommend how it could be improved.
It was also asked to consider how to stretch and challenge the most able pupils and ensure that all those with the aptitudes to study the STEM subjects - sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics - at university are given the best opportunities to succeed.
Read Science and Learning Group report.
Last modified: 31 Mar 2010