In Search of Lost Time: How science departments are adapting to the new specifications

In Search of Lost Time: How science departments are adapting to the new specifications

When speaking to science departments about teaching the new GCSE specifications, I always hear the same question: “where do we find the time?”. Not only has the volume of content to deliver increased, but exams now place a greater emphasis on testing knowledge application. Without changing the status quo of the course delivery, departments will increasingly find that time for consolidation and practising application will simply run out.

Demystify Maths for Science

Demystify Maths for Science

The 2016 specifications for Science have only increased the sheer volume of content students are expected to memorise and understand for their GCSEs.

At Doddle, we’ve now created 540 new resources (and counting) for Science to address the deficit between teaching capacity and the vast amount of knowledge students must learn, retain and apply.

The myth of easy revision

The myth of easy revision

All teachers have been there. You’re outside the exam hall, the day of the exam has finally arrived and up walks one of your beloved students, looking awful. Bleary eyed, hair all over the place, often clutching a large coffee or energy drink in one hand and pages of highlighted key facts in the other. Uh oh. Proudly he will announce: “I was up until 4:30 last night re-reading my notes, I’m so ready.” Disaster.

GCSE Science: Supporting students with the required practicals

GCSE Science: Supporting students with the required practicals

Last September, the Good Practical Science report was released. After surveying both international schools and almost 400 schools in England, the report concluded that “in the countries we visited, practical science is alive and flourishing” while in England “the intense pressure to perform in written exams” means “practical science is at risk” with many schools “making too little use of their often excellent practical science facilities.”