Education: Science with a bang

A new GCSE aims to make science more appealing, writes Victoria Neumark

Some are worried that the emphasis in this popular science course is more on pop than science. Peter Cotgreave, director of Save British Science, says: “It’s all very well using topical issues to attract pupils but there is a risk of neglecting the transfer of scientific skills. In 10 years’ time, will we still be talking about Dolly the sheep?”

But for now the sceptics are in a minority. Government advisers are desperately hoping that the topical cutting-edge formula — expected to roll out nationally in 2006 — will lure students back to science. If we are to have any scientists at all, something must be done, warns Martin Hollins at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Full article on The Sunday Times