Inspection reports


Ofsted reports in science and materials for schools

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Inspectors visit 150 schools each year to inform Ofsted’s subject surveys in English, mathematics and science. Survey visits for other subjects are less frequent but continue to take place from time to time. Our latest science feedback letters can be found on the science subject survey visits page.

Case studies of good practice in science in schools 

Promoting the study of science through links with schools: City and Islington College - 16 November 2011. Teachers at this college stimulate the interest of school pupils in science and other STEM-related subjects, work in schools with teachers and pupils and invite them to the college. The college also hosts a careers convention where pupils meet working scientists and engineers to learn about employment opportunities.

Outstanding curriculum innovation in science: City and Islington College - 28 October 2011. City and Islington College is one of the biggest national providers of science in further education. It has developed a broad range of cutting-edge science provision and established itself as a regional centre of excellence for science.

Making a success of human biology - 28 June 2011. This example explains the re-introduction of A-level human biology while ensuring that students are well aware of course requirements and are properly prepared for a challenging assessment regime. Providing good information about the course, a highly structured programme of study, and plenty of practice in assessment have been key components.

National Lead

Brian Cartwright is the National Lead for Science. Brian studied Chemistry at Imperial College, continuing onto a PhD in Chemical Crystallography, also at Imperial. He then completed four years of post-doctoral research at Cambridge University (The Crystallographic Data Centre), focussing on computer graphics. After completing his PGCE at Cambridge, Brian worked as a chemistry and physics teacher in the East Midlands, then as a senior school leader in Lincoln before taking up secondary headship in Shropshire.

External links

Annual Report 2012/13