The Nuffield Foundation’s curriculum work began in 1961 with a decision to develop teaching materials starting at age 11 and leading to O-level in biology, chemistry and physics. 

This arose from an approach from the Science Master’s Association (which soon turned into the Association for Science Education). The activists in the ASE had built up a consensus that there was an urgent need to change the content of the science curriculum and how it was taught. Much work had been done in the late 1950s to draw up modern syllabuses and they were now looking for development funds. 

So from the start Nuffield worked closely with teachers.

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