Praise for Welsh science teaching despite PISA outcomes

Inspectors have praised the quality of GCSE science teaching in Wales but called into question why PISA scores have been at odds with teacher assessment in recent years.

An investigation by Estyn inspectors praised teachers in key stage 4 for “strong subject knowledge” and the fact that they “develop pupils’ scientific knowledge and understanding well” by planning interesting lessons.

The inspectorate acknowledged that science is the highest attaining core subject in Wales and stated that girls consistently perform better than boys.

However, the inspectorate urged caution as it highlighted the fact that GCSE and teacher assessment outcomes contrast with the findings in PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) tests in Wales, and called on teachers to take heed of the PISA findings and the feedback from the latest report to inform planning for improvement.

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