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Science has a vast impact on the lives of everyone and all pupils need to be included in learning about this.
At times, important features such as health and safety considerations, access arrangements for pupils with physical disability or highly technical language and complex concepts can appear to place obstacles to pupils’ learning. Within the resources available to a school, it is important that every effort is made to help pupils access experiences in science that they find engaging and meaningful. Clearly, decisions about the level of support pupils may need should be made on an individual basis.
Inclusion in science can also extend beyond the classroom. Some schools have introduced ‘science sacks’ for young children which provide a useful science resource [e.g. book, video, small piece of equipment] to be shared with family at home. Some councils now organise science festivals and summer schools for pupils. Partnerships with science centres, universities and business can widen the opportunities for pupils to learn about science in an exciting and enjoyable manner. These opportunities can help some pupils learn in a way that they cannot learn in school and are an important and helpful complement to what happens in the classroom.
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