This practical support focuses on science strands with summaries of common issues, challenges and pupil misconceptions. You can also find teaching models and ideas that connect each of the science units.

In this section

  • Science Framework

    This focuses on How Science Works, chemical and material behaviour, organisms behaviour and health, energy electricity and forces, and the environment, Earth and the universe (and includes teaching sequence examples).

  • APP materials and resources

    Examples of marked work (standards files) and downloads to help you make level judgements that use assessment focuses (AFs) when Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP).

  • AfL in Science

    Assessment for Learning (AfL) offers a selection of approaches that you can use to create an interactive, questioning climate that rewards curiosity and inspires enquiring minds.

  • Science Subject Leader Development Materials

    Support for assessing and maximising progression, building How Science Works into the curriculum, narrowing attainment gaps and enhancing lesson plans.

  • Science teaching units

    These publications are based around strands within the Framework. They include a focus on plant nutrition, light, vision, electricity, force, motion, and change processes

  • STEM Enhancement and enrichment

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrichment and enhancement (STEM E and E) focuses on everyday science for future careers and education.

  • Intervention to support GCSE Science

    These key questions, revised specifications and summaries of common issues can help you identify when and how to prepare pupils for assessments and examinations.

  • Effective transition in science

    See how you can work with other schools to support the move from primary to secondary through governance, planning, networking and school visits.

  • Core Plus in Science

    Senior and subject leaders can see how prioritising and peer support leads to long-term improvement in planning, teaching, tracking, assessing and intervention.

  • Narrowing the gaps in science

    Advice on identifying and supporting pupils who need additional support (including ways to track their progress and celebrate their success).

  • Leading effective learning in science

    As a senior leader, you’ll find strategies and advice on planning schemes of work that support the vision and attitude of your school.