Pilot school experiences
Reports from teachers who taught the pilot courses
Here are reports from individual teachers and schools who have taught the pilot courses, grouped geographically. Below are some highlights.
"My staff have said that they feel invigorated by the course, and believe that it is what we should be teaching." Bluecoat School, Oldham
"Higher Tier students enjoyed the challenge of some of the more difficult concepts in Additional Science, such as electrolysis of solutions." Settle High School, North Yorkshire
"The Applied Science is much more motivating for lower ability students. 'I like this sort of science, Miss!'" Belle Vue Girls' School, Bradford
"The courses give young people the opportunity to think for themselves and attain informed views and opinions." Westhoughton High School, Bolton.
"The pilot Science course has been stimulating and rewarding as well as very hard work." Manningtree High School, Essex
"A-level uptake has been sustained and in the case of Biology doubled. We have detected no problems with transition to A-levels in any of the three sciences." Settle High School, Yorkshire
"Students have a sense of ownership. ... The greatest challenge has been taking the risk! - organising the course and finding resources." Oakwood Technical College, Rotherham
"All staff are working hard to make it a success." Tabor High School, Essex
"The parents tell us that their kids are coming home and talking enthusiastically about what they've been doing in science." Lutterworth Grammar School, Leicester
"The overall A-C grades for all the three courses was 75%, a significant (substantial) improvement from previous results." North Chadderton School, Oldham
Many centres reported that the pilot materials needed more differentiation. This has been rectified in the materials for September 2006.
There are lots of practical activities in all the courses, though the purpose is different in each one.