A report into science education which outlines how secondary teachers in post-16 schools and colleges have improved or maintained a high standard of teaching in the subject has been published by schools watchdog Ofsted.
Drawing on inspections of 18 colleges in spring 2011, Improving Science in Colleges: a survey of good practice offers recommendations for future improvements of science provision.
Science departments with a team of well-motivated secondary teachers who had developed a range of quality resources were identified as major contributors to quality science education provision.
Schools and colleges whose departmental staff worked together to form a joint approach to assessment and student support were also commended in the report.
Ofsted chief inspector, Miriam Rosen, said: "The best colleges had a full range of well attended science enrichment activities including visits to industry and employers and field trips to stimulate interest and broaden students' perspectives on their studies."
The survey report found that colleges collaborating with nearby universities to provide courses which fed into degree programmes were particularly successful.
Virtual learning facilities which allow students to submit work online and access resources from home were highlighted as a positive factor contributing to success also.
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