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Science: Teaching Methods

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to support Wizz Bang multi-media science and technology presentations to encourage the take up of science and related subjects in schools. (169773)

The Government are already doing much to encourage young people to take up science and related subjects in schools. This includes the Science and Engineering Ambassadors scheme whereby practising scientists and engineers go into schools to support teachers and engage and enthuse pupils to continue studying science. We are also in the process of commissioning a programme of careers support and guidance, and a communications campaign both with the aim informing young people more about the varied and exciting opportunities that exist in science in pre and post-16 education and beyond.

The Government have no plans to support Wizz Bang multi-media science and technology presentations. It is for schools to decide whether they engage with this type of initiative as they are best placed to know the specific needs of their pupils.