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Training And Development Agency Review Of Outdoor Science Teaching

EDM number 472 in 2009-10, proposed by Phil Willis on 15/12/2009.
Categorised under the topics of Science and Teachers.

That this House welcomes the Government's decision to ask the Training and Development Agency to review the Qualified Teacher Status standards; notes that the number of school students choosing to study physical science subjects post-16 has fallen over the last 25 years and that many studies have indicated a major decline in positive attitudes from students towards science; further notes the report, Initial Teacher Education and the Outdoor Classroom produced jointly by the Field Studies Council (FSC) and the Association for Science Education (ASE) and its recommendations, commonly known as the Malham Protocol, which seeks to reverse this trend; recognises that outdoor learning helps young people learn about assessing and managing risk and is an inspirational approach to teaching science; further notes with concern that there are currently a number of barriers to improving fieldwork, including Initial Teacher Training, which is not working effectively enough to help produce sufficient numbers of high quality teachers with the confidence, competence and commitment to teach outdoor science to the next generation of children and young people; further notes with concern that Qualified Teacher Status standard 30 only requires that trainee teachers should be able to identify opportunities for out-of-school learning, with no requirement for trainees to plan, organise, take part in, and lead outdoor learning activities; congratulates the FSC and the ASE on their work to improve teacher training; and calls for Qualified Teacher Status standard 30 to be strengthened in order to provide an incentive for fieldwork to be used as a teaching method.

This motion has been signed by a total of 34 MPs.

Phil Willis15/12/2009Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratProposed
Robert Key15/12/2009SalisburyConservativeSeconded
Andrew Miller15/12/2009Ellesmere Port and NestonLabourSeconded
Lindsay Hoyle15/12/2009ChorleyLabourSeconded
Lynne Jones15/12/2009Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSeconded
Andrew George15/12/2009St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Harry Cohen16/12/2009Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Stephen Williams16/12/2009Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
John Leech16/12/2009Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Betty Williams16/12/2009ConwyLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley16/12/2009Worthing WestConservativeSigned
John Battle16/12/2009Leeds WestLabourSigned
Mike Hancock16/12/2009Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Dismore16/12/2009HendonLabourSigned
Martin Caton16/12/2009GowerLabourSigned
Colin Breed16/12/2009South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Iddon16/12/2009Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Michael Clapham05/01/2010Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Mark Williams05/01/2010CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer05/01/2010KeighleyLabourSigned
Nick Harvey06/01/2010North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Chris McCafferty06/01/2010Calder ValleyLabourSigned
John McDonnell06/01/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Mark Hunter06/01/2010CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Dai Davies06/01/2010Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Andy Reed07/01/2010LoughboroughLabourSigned
Alan Simpson07/01/2010Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
David Drew07/01/2010StroudLabourSigned
Willie Rennie07/01/2010Dunfermline and West FifeLiberal DemocratSigned
Kelvin Hopkins11/01/2010Luton NorthLabourSigned
Rudi Vis13/01/2010Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins14/01/2010TamworthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington19/01/2010Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Eric Illsley27/01/2010Barnsley CentralLabourSigned

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