Practical science experiments ‘squeezed out’ at schools

Practical science lessons are being squeezed out by exam pressures on schools, says a science advisory body.

The Council for Science and Technology is writing to the education secretary to warn about the loss of such laboratory experiments.

The advisory body wants experiments to be protected in a shake-up of GCSEs and A-levels in England.

The council says that without practical lessons, science is “like studying literature without reading books”.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “The Council for Science and Technology rightly notes that our reforms ‘will give teachers space and freedom’ to conduct more experiments and practicals.”

The council, which provides strategic advice to the prime minister, says that cramming for exams is restricting the opportunities for practical learning.

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