Tag: knowledge

  • Recognition for unsung heroes of research?

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    When we think about the people involved in research our minds automatically think first about established leaders, then maybe PhD students or post-docs but rarely – if ever – do technicians and other non-faculty staff feature. Yet all of us who work in bioscience know how vital these roles are and how much the individuals in these roles contribute to keeping the UK’s science world leading. […]

  • Practical school science is vital

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Last week I was very disappointed to learn that Ofqual had recommended the downgrading of practicals in the new A and AS level syllabus.

    The reasons given for this were primarily that:

    • Predictable assessments have led to narrow teaching, students getting similar results and assessments that don’t give exam boards evidence
    • Marks that don’t reflect students’ overall ability

    I don’t feel that the reforms are the way to address these problems. Predictable assessments, a lack of differentiation of students and the marking of tests should be better addressed by redesigning the practicals rather than removing their contribution to the final grade. […]