Practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips

Inquiry and Reports

The Committee agreed on 30 March 2011 to launch a new inquiry examining practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips. The Committee published its report on 14 September 2011.

The Government and Ofqual's responses to the Committee's Report will be published on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

Terms of Reference

Practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips inquiry terms of reference

Oral evidence

Monday 4 July 2011
David Knighton, Reporting inspector, Ofsted, Kevin Myers, Deputy Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive, Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards, OfQual, and Nigel Thomas, Director, Education and Skills, Gatsby Foundation; Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, Department for Education

Wednesday 29 June 2011
Paul Cohen, Director Initial Teacher Training Recruitment, Training and Development Agency, Annette Smith, Chief Executive, Association of Science Education, Dr Phil Smith MBE, Co-ordinator, Teacher Scientist Network, and Dr Steve Tilling, Field Studies Council; Beth Gardner, Chief Executive, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Professor Graham Hutchings FRS, Chair, SCORE, Sir Roland Jackson, Chief Executive, British Science Association, and Steve Jones, Director, CLEAPSS

Wednesday 15 June 2011
Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, National Union of Teachers, Dr Stuart Hitch, Earth Science Teachers’ Association affiliated teacher, Greg Jones, National Union of Teachers affiliated teacher, Professor Chris King, Earth Science Teachers’ Association, and Darren Northcott, National Official (Education), National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers


The Committee, in cooperation with the Student Room, opened an e-consultation to hear views from students regarding their school science practicals experiences. The e-consultation ended on 8 July 2011 and can be found at the following website: