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Table 7: An interview with a Primary School science

coordinator

Sample interview questions for the


Principal and/or science
coordinator/teacher re: science
provision in the setting.

Responses from the Principal


and/or science
coordinator/teacher re: science
provision in the setting.

Is there a science coordinator and/or


how many specified science teachers
are there in the school?

Yes / 8 teachers

What are the duties/responsibilities


of the science teacher/coordinator?

Coordinator -> planning organizing - overseen the


science program - curriculum
and assessments
Teachers -> design - write update the curriculum assessments - reports

Does she teach any, all students or


just specific year groups?
Teach all students of the year
group
Obtain a teaching schedule and any
schemes of work, lesson plans,
software used etc. from the science
coordinator/teacher.

Yes/ daily plan - weekly plan yearly plan

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Who is responsible for science policy
and provision within the setting?
(Can we obtain a copy of the policy?)

Principal - VP - science
coordinator

3
Online/Blended Learning:
Does the setting have its own
website? If so, what is the URL, who
created it and who is responsible for
managing and updating it?
Is there any online/blended learning
taking place related to science? If so,
how is this delivered?

What ICT resources are used

Yes /
http://www.gemswestminstersc
hool-rak.com/

Yes/ We use education city as a


tool of science learning in
uploading the science materials
for the students
Youtube - google - Education

specifically for teaching science?

city - bitesize - TES

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What science
equipment/manipulatives/resources
can be found the setting? (Is there a
list? Differentiate between the
classroom; the science lab and other
areas in the setting e.g. library)
Is there a budget for materials?

Yes
Edulab
Lab assistance

Who trains teachers and staff in the


use the equipment?
Who manages the equipment and
materials?
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Is/Are there dedicated science labs in


this setting?
If yes, how is it used and by whom?
How is it organised? What equipment
can be found here?

Yes/ all basic science


equipments for primary and
secondary

If no, why not? e.g. lack of funds? No


need? Enough science equipment and
expertise in each classroom?
Yes

Does the setting feel it has enough


specialist science teachers,
technicians and dedicated science
rooms?
Which science resources does the
setting feel it needs or would like to
have to achieve its vision or better
science teaching and learning?
e.g. Science Kits, books, wifi,
manipulatives/models, digital
cameras/camcorders, lab equipment
OR soft materials (consumablescolored paper, glue, popsicle sticks
etc.).

Science kits
Books
Lab equipments
Models

What are the safety rules?

Yes

Are the safety rules posted in the


science setting?

Don't touch animals


Wear safety goggles
Wear lab coat
Wear gloves when necessary
Don't eat at your workstation
Clean up your workspace
Be careful with sharp tools
Wash your hands

Who developed these and are they


mandatory/enforced?

What safety equipment is available


and when is it used commonly?
Is safety equipment available for all
students in the classrooms?

Is equipment cleaned, if so by whom?


Who manages this duty?
Planning for learning- how are the
science lessons planned for in the
setting?
Does the MOE/Zone/KHDA provide
unit plans/lesson plans? (can we
obtain a copy of this?)
Are there weekly planning meetings?
What is usually done in the planning
meetings?

Fume cupboard
Safety room for chemicals
Eye washer
Coat / Gloves / Glass
Lab assistant

Moe - term plan - yearly plan lesson plan


Yes/ planning for the week
lesson
Teachers with coordinator

Who attends the planning meetings?


Yes

1
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Does the school have specific goals


related to science (TIMMS scores
etc.)?
How is learning assessed in the
science classroom?

By activities - projects experiments - digital

Is there an assessment plan for the


semester? What does it include?

Yes / peer assessment /


formative / summative

Do teachers collect student data?


What data, when, and what is it used
for?

Yes / level the students /


differentiation

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1

How do students get feedback so that


they can make improvements?
They get feedback from the
teacher after every
assessment / activity
What science professional
development / training do teachers
currently receive or have recently
had?
How frequently and from whom did
they /are they receiving this?
Yes / Gems PD
Do they have a document that
outlines this PD?
What PD do they think teachers in
the setting still need?

Classroom teaching and


learning