Science Learning Partnerships receive Â£12.1 million investment
The government this week announced a £12.1million investment in Science Learning Partnerships (SLPs) until 2019 to support the teaching of science in schools. St Clement Danes, led by Mrs Quinton, leads our local Science Learning Partnership and we are delighted with this news. The multimillion pound package will enable SLPs to provide continued professional development for science teachers, support schools to share best practice and offer tailored in-school support. The programme will also support schools to encourage more teenagers to take GCSE triple science – physics, chemistry and biology.
This announcement comes as new data in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015 report showed very positive headline results, including the facts that by age 15, students in the United Kingdom perform above the OECD average in science and that UK boys and girls are equally likely to score at level 5 or 6, the highest levels of proficiency, in the subject.
Mrs Quinton said: “We are delighted with the results from this report and with the funding for Science Learning Partnerships. We lead the Science Learning Partnership for the West Herts, South Bucks and Hillingdon area, providing professional development to support teachers, technicians and support staff from local schools and colleges to deliver a world-leading science education for all young people. We focus on the specific needs of this area to make a real difference to the teaching on offer to our young people.”