Next steps

On the basis of this report, ERO recommends that schools:

  • use the self-review questions and science teaching indicators in this report to review the quality of science education for students in Years 5 to 8; and
  • review the quality of their assessment of science in Years 5 to 8 and the usefulness of the information for reporting to:

a) the board of trustees to use in making their decisions; andb) parents about their children’s achievement and progress in science.

ERO also recommends that providers of pre-service education for primary school teachers should review the way science and other compulsory areas of the curriculum are taught in their teacher education programmes.

Comments on this report from school personnel and others are welcome. A report feedback form is included as Appendix 3.