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Salters’ Hall, 4 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5DE

A seminar to consider the role and nature of the sciences in the curriculum

The 11-16 curriculum science was last revised in 2015. There is no immediate prospect of change but at some stage the National Curriculum will be reviewed, as it should. The timing presents an opportunity for the science community to prepare itself; to reflect on the purposes of science education, to consider the lessons from past and present practice, and to debate and formulate ideas about where science education should be moving in the future.   

The Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Biology have each established working parties to consider the role and nature of the sciences in the curriculum. At the seminar they will present the outcomes of their work for the first time, opening up the process of wider debate and discussion that needs to follow.  

The discussion will be preceded by a presentation from Professor Jonathan Osborne, of Stanford University, who will speak about the ambitious programme with similar aims that has been developed in the USA; the Next Generation Standards Programme.


The seminar is being jointly organised by the professional bodies and The Salters' Institute, which is hosting the event as part of its Centenary celebrations.

Meet the RSB

Lauren McLeod, head of education policy at the Royal Society of Biology will be attending this invitation only event.


Please direct queries to programme coordinator Corina Priestley at

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