Memorandum by Emma Drewery
Due to incentives we now seem to be getting
ex-industry workers who find it difficult to relate to "today's
student". Science ITT students in particular have a discipline
(Chem, Phys, Bio) and are often very poor at teaching outside
The professional support for science teachers
is limited and the majority of courses run are expensive and not
within our geographical region, which makes travelling expenses
high. This means that our school is reluctant to send us out for
The changes in the curriculum are good for the
students, but has meant that teachers have to adapt to the new
specifications very quickly, and with little or no support, resources
Practical sessions are the reason why students
enjoy science, but rising class sizes have meant that practical
sessions can be potentially dangerous. Why can't science have
a recommended maximum class size, like Technology?
Our labs are too small, and with no "guidelines"
our principal does nothing about the fact that we are trying to
teach 30+ students in a lab that was designed for 16 students
20 years ago! Our technician time is insufficient, but the "Senior
Management Team" just see them as glorified "washer-uppers"
and do nothing. We have one teaching assistant in our department,
bearing in mind that eight classes could be on at the same time.
Overall, Science comes in a poor fifth to English,
Maths, I.C.T and Technology!