Every child has the right to a brilliant science education. How can we overcome the challenges undermining the science curriculum?
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the news that the Government is not going to make maths compulsory for 16- to 18-year-olds.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, representing over 160,000 staff in a variety of educational institutions, believes that its members' working lives are affected as much by education policies as by pay and condition decisions. The government determines what teachers teach, how they teach, and how learning is assessed, which together form the heart of a teacher's everyday working experience.
The Department for Education (DfE) piloted the phonics test in approximately 300 schools in June 2011.