My daughter and her science class, which are due to take the 3 GCSE individual sciences have been let down by not having a consistent science teacher for the last 2 years. The teacher was ill but the achool did not provide a qualified science teacher to replace her so science was not taught. They now have a new teacher, once the previous teacher left but htis new teacher has only 2 terms to cover 3 science GCSE curriculums. The ‘struggle’ that the children and the teacher have are shown in their PPE results, where although the students were targeted to get 7/8 grades, most got 4/5 grades. These students worked hard to be chosen to take the 3 GCSEs in year 9 and many want to continue with science in the future. The new teacher came in to teaching from a scientific career as she wants to get more people, specifically women into science and she has been giving alot of extra time to the students.
The rumour is that the school could not afford to replace the teacher while the previous teacher was signed off ill.
The teacher has also commented that the text books are not complete for the science curriculums.