In the schools we have inspected, standards in Science are lower than in almost all other subjects. The proportion of pupils who gain grade A*-C at GCSE is increasing, but not as quickly as in Mathematics or English. The number of pupils entered for A-levels in Science has decreased in recent years, whereas the number of pupils entered for A-levels overall has increased.
The quality of teaching in Science is generally worse than in other subjects. There is a shortage of specialist teachers in Physics and Chemistry who have relevant qualifications. The numbers of trainee teachers following Physics and Chemistry courses are low, so this shortage is likely to continue.
Leadership and management in science departments is not adequate, often because heads of department lack the relevant subject knowledge.
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