In my commentary in our recent report Quality and improvement in Scottish education: Trends in inspection findings 2008/11 I said that we would continue to publish occasional reports on the findings of targeted and specific areas of provision. This report on the sciences 3-18 is one such report and the first in a series designed to present a picture of what it is like to be a learner in Scotland today from the ages of 3 to 18. Over time, it is anticipated that this series will enable us to measure the impact of Curriculum for Excellence on the experiences of, and outcomes for, children and young people.
Although we have much to celebrate in sciences education in Scotland, there is clearly room for improvement. We still have much to do to ensure that experience of the sciences for all children and young people is as good as it can be. There are numerous examples of highly effective and, indeed, outstanding practice which demonstrate what is possible. This report and the related follow-up activities marks the determination of Education Scotland to work with practitioners and the wider scientific community in Scotland and beyond to make sure that our children and young people achieve the best they can in the sciences.
I hope you find this report useful and I invite you to join with us in addressing the development points identified.
Visit the Education Scotland website to access The Sciences 3-18 Curriculum Impact Project report, the Summary for Children and Young People and the Summary of Key Strengths and Aspects for Development.