Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Pass Science Tests, but Lack Understanding

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Pass Science Tests, but Lack Understanding

Article excerpt

CHILDREN are being "drilled" to pass science exams which leave them without a true understanding of the subject, a study has found.

Pressure on schools to achieve good results means teachers are forced to focus on "drumming the required facts into pupils' heads", according to a report by The Royal Society.

It says that England's high-stakes testing system leaves little time for practical lessons, and is turning children off science, and maths.

The Society's "state of the nation" report assessed the current state of maths and science education in the UK for five to 14-year-olds.

The study found that testing in primary schools became high-stakes when it began to be used by central government to compare and drive up schools' performance.

But this focus on targets has had "little effect" on pupils science and maths results, it says.

Any improvement is more likely to be down to "teachers becoming increasingly adept at, and focused on teaching to the test". …

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