SCORE is a partnership of science organisations. It aims
to improve science education in schools and colleges in England by
supporting the development and implementation of effective
The SCORE committee works on these priority areas of 5-19
Qualifications and assessment
The school and college workforce
The wider learning experience
SCORE believes that:
- All young people in all schools, should be entitled
to study a broad range of science up to the age of 16, including
biology, chemistry and physics
- The National Curriculum for science should include
a requirement for pupils to be taught about the nature and process
- Science is a practical subject and school science
departments need to be properly and safely
- The qualifications system needs further
- All secondary schools and colleges should have
specialist teachers in biology, chemistry and
- Encouraging the development of subject specialists
in primary schools.
The SCORE committee meets eight times a year to discuss key
issues on science education and identify common policy areas to
work together on. SCORE provides advice to Government, its agencies
and other organisations on the issues outlined above.
The member organisations undertake collaborative projects to
inform their policy advice, conduct joint studies, develop common
evaluation procedures and share best practice. SCORE also seeks to
engage the wider science community in the issues in science
education, through conferences, calls for evidence, task and
finish groups, workshops and regular news bulletins.
SCORE was established in 2006 to bring organisations
together to tackle long-term issues such as: the decline in numbers
of young people taking A-level physics and chemistry and the
unacceptable shortage of specialist teachers in these subjects. The
SCORE member organisations are the Association for Science
Education, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society, the Royal
Society of Chemistry and the Society of Biology. The Science
Council was also a founding partner of SCORE.
The member organisations believe that
the key to maximising their impact on Government lies in a greater
degree of collaboration.