Science Network leading the way

During December, fifteen OAT academies came together to create a newly formed ‘Science Network’ to share best practice on the impact of attainment and progress of students in Sciences.


The meeting took place at Ormiston Shelfield Academy and everyone was given the opportunity to share examples of best practice about their teaching practices and resources, offering solutions that could be used by others teachers across the network, quickly and easily.

Examples of best practice included:

  • Tenbury High Ormiston Academy – significant impact of oracy and the attainment of boys (closing the gap between boys and girls)
  • Ormiston Forge Academy – use and impact of google documents on streamlining standards for Science progress for GCSE, KS3 and KS5 improvement
  • Ormiston Forge - use of question level analysis and the impact it has on meaningful intervention

Within a very short time the network had already agreed some common practices which included using the same scheme of work and one standard AQA examination board for qualifications.



Maria Mincher, Vice Principal at Ormiston Forge Academy said:

"There have always been unresolved issues with progress and attainment within science, if setting up a collaborative group like this works, it will be the catalyst needed to make a difference to all of our students across the OAT network.

"It was really positive to see and hear from the academies who joined the science network so I am pleased we have started on the journey to develop resources and improve science delivery for the benefit and support of all involved."

Julie Bloor, Regional Director (Central) and Executive Principal said:

"At the Science Network’s first meeting it was clear from the outset that sharing best practice and utilising solutions that have already worked across the network was such a simple idea but one that works. In the very near future and building on the success of the Science Network our aim is to extend this collaborative model to other subject areas with Maths next on the agenda."