Committee takes evidence on school science experiments and field trips

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04 July 2011

The Science and Technology Committee today takes evidence on the state of practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips.

The meeting will take place at 4.10pm, Monday 4 July 2011 in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.


  • David Knighton, Reporting Inspector, Ofsted
  • Kevin Myers, Deputy Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive
  • Dennis Opposs, Director of Standards, OfQual
  • Nigel Thomas, Director, Education and Skills, Gatsby Foundation

At 5.00 pm

  • Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, Department for Education


The Science and Technology Committee has noted press reports that the number of practical experiments in science lessons in schools and science field trips may be in decline.

The Committee is carrying out an inquiry and examining a number of issues, including the importance of practical experiments and field trips in science education, what part health and safety concerns play in preventing school pupils from performing practical experiments in science lessons and going on field trips, and whether examination boards adequately recognise practical experiments and trips.

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