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    Do you teach chemistry to A Level, Higher or Leaving Certificate students in the UK or Ireland? If you do, we need your help with a short survey about your students' degere choices. We're seeing a downward trend in applications to study chemistry at university that isn't fully explained by any change in entries to pre-degree qualifications. We'd like ... more...
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    As a professional body, we encourage all of our members to develop their technical and professional skills by undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). This can take many forms including formal, structured training courses. To help our members decide on valuable and appropriate training for their needs, we started a programme to ... more...
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Archive for June, 2017
We would like to invite you to participate in a unique and important piece of research into practical work in science in England and Scotland.

This exciting three-year national study, part of an on-going programme of work by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation, is now in its final year. Preliminary findings from the first two years of the study are proving extremely interesting, giving a detailed insight into the impact of changes taking place in practical science.

The study would like to hear from heads of science, science teachers and science technicians from a wide variety of teaching environments to help develop a greater understanding of what practical work in science means in today’s schools and colleges.

Access the survey at It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and to thank you for participating, everyone who fills in the survey is offered a chance to win one of five £100 Amazon gift vouchers in a prize draw at the end of July.

Please ask as many colleagues as possible to complete a survey, so responses are gathered from as many heads of science (including heads of individual sciences), science teachers and science technicians as possible within each school.

Find out more information about the study here:

This study is led by Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) and School of Education and is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, with a contribution from the Wellcome Trust. The project is part of an on-going programme of work by Gatsby, Wellcome and the Nuffield Foundation to understand and improve practical work in science education.
Posted by Stephen Hessey on Jun 2, 2017 10:28 AM BST