Good practical science

How do England’s secondary schools and sixth form colleges measure up to Gatsby’s draft benchmarks for ‘Good Practical Science’? The Gatsby Charitable Foundation asked us to find out and to try to understand how senior staff interpret and use the benchmarks.

The survey, of senior contacts and heads of science in schools and colleges, achieved over 400 completions – a solid sample of ten percent of secondary schools in England. The results were supported by twenty in-depth interviews.

All data were comprehensively analysed to determine trends between school types and statistical tests ascertained significance. Our analysis and reporting of the survey constitutes Appendix 4* of Gatsby’s Good Practical Science report.

[*] Appendix 4

The full report and appendices are at: www.gatsby.org.uk/GoodPracticalScience.

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