Nuffield Science 13-16 1979

Organiser and general editor: Beta Schofield

Nuffield Science 13-16 provided a modular approach to integrated Science. It was mainly for pupils of average ability in comprehensive schools and lead primarily to CSE rather than O-level.

The project grew out of an investigation set up by the Nuffield Foundation in 1974. This was CESIS: Curriculum and Examination Systems in Integrated Science.

Nuffield Science 13-16.

The main finding was that what teachers needed was a project to help them make the best use of all the resources already available and to help them tailor resources to fit their own pattern of school organisation. The resources were to be a back-up to other integrated science courses, particularly SCISP and Nuffield Secondary Science.

The programme underpinned school-based curriculum innovations in Hampshire and Hertfordshire but was not widely adopted elsewhere. It was significant as an early attempt to devise a common science curriculum offering both scientific literacy and a preparation for more advanced study.


From the start of the scheme until the material was prepared for publication, the units were tried in schools and modified accordingly. There were 44 short modules, each with a student booklet and a teachers' guide. The handbook for teachers included a formidable network chart showing interconnections between the modules and possible routes through the scheme.

Nuffield Science 13 to 16 was published using the low-cost method adopted for Working with Science. The booklets for students were more like workbooks than textbooks. Each chapter corresponded to an hour or so of class time. 

Also on the web

Download the publications from the STEM Centre website. See particularly the first chapters of the Teachers’ handbook.

Nuffield Science 13 to 16

See also SCISP