The National Curriculum states that the purpose of science education is to provide a foundation ‘for understanding the world’ and that it is essential for ‘the world’s future prosperity’. It can safely be argued that these aims, whatever is thought of them, cannot be met within the confines of a school classroom or lab, but they do highlight the importance that is placed on students experiencing a really high-quality science education. This in turn can only be achieved through exceptional teaching.
We have a very clear vision of what that teaching should look like, from the crucial point of view of the pupils. Exceptional science teachers are those: (more…)