There are two big problems with the science curriculum that almost everyone agrees on:
- Too much content The list of what students have to learn in KS3 (11-14) and GCSE (11-14) gets ever longer, and the cognitive demand of the exams is increasing. Hardly any content has been removed to compensate.
- Too little understanding Students can recall what they were taught, but many are unable to apply knowledge if the context of a question is unfamiliar. This is after learning science for 11 years
The solution is better curriculum design. Start with a clear vision of what the curriculum should achieve, and then work backwards by planning how to equip students with the knowledge, skills and cognitive processes they need over 5 years. See how Blueprint does this.