APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE |
The Select Committee is concerned at the decline
in the number of A-level entries in the sciences, and at the impact
this may have on the future skill levels of the UK workforce.
The inquiry will therefore focus on the role of teachers and teaching
methods in physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics from Key
Stage 3 to A-level in state schools.
The current situation
- The numbers of teachers in physics,
biology, chemistry and mathematics, including the numbers teaching
outside their specialism.
- Regional variations in the supply of specialist
- The retention levels for science teachers.
Attracting science teachers
- The incentives that exist to attract
new graduates and those from other professions.
- Other measures that could be taken to increase
- The effectiveness of teacher training in science
- The adequacy of professional support
for science teachers.
- The effect of changes in the curriculum on attracting/retaining
- The impact upon teaching of schemes designed
to help generate enthusiasm in young people for science subjects.
- The effect on learning of class size or teaching
to single-sex classes.
- The role of the practical in teaching science.
- Variations between schools in
the teaching of science, including specialist schools, academies
and CTCs; procedures for exchange of best practice.
- The condition of school labs, and provision and
use of lab technicians and teaching assistants.
- Links between schools, universities and industry,
to facilitate science teaching.