We support practical science lessons

The Society has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its Practical Experiments in School Science Lessons and Science Field Trips report. Through its Education Board and the Standing Committee on Pre-Tertiary Education, the Society recommended that "doing" is an important aspect of any science course.

The British Psychological Society explained learners have seen their scientific experiences hindered as a result of a decline in practical work in psychology, while such a pattern has meant students are less prepared when heading into Higher Education in any science subject.

A reduction in practical lessons can result in people having less opportunity to develop a range of necessary skills, such as data collection, working in groups and problem solving.

The Society - which will celebrate its 110th anniversary later this year - concluded: "Less practical work means that the courses will provide a more impoverished introduction to science and also a less engaging programme of study."