Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tests make science dull - Ofsted

Teaching can be weak where teachers lack knowledge and understanding. Many were too concerned with meeting narrow test requirements ... Ministers should also provide more funding to help teachers develop their knowledge and understanding of science.

Damn right. As the parent of a child sitting a GCSE science exam today, I can tell you that the standard of science teaching they have received since entering secondary education has been appalling in comparison to other disciplines such as humanities and languages. The constant testing doesn't help, but it's not the root of the problem.