Sixth-formers will have to learn how to make alcohol and dissect a shark under plans for new revamped A-levels announced by one of the country’s biggest exam boards.
A-levels should be scrapped and replaced with a new baccalaureate-style qualification with compulsory maths and science up to the age of 18, a report by science and education experts warns today.
A shake-up of A-Level science may lead to schools and colleges concluding practical experiments are irrelevant to getting into university, according to the former head of the National Science Learning Centre.
Exclusive: Sixth-form colleges face closure because of deep budget cuts, with courses in languages, maths and science also being chopped
Sixth form colleges are under threat with several facing closure this year because of deep cuts to their budgets, claims a new study by the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA). A survey of England’s 93 sixth form colleges reveals that more than one in three colleges have already had to axe their language courses – while more than one in five have scrapped courses in the Stem science and maths subjects.
Teaching is often likened to fire-fighting by those who think it can be just an exercise in controlling pupils.
Mentors could encourage girls to take up science careers in a campaign established by the new president of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).