Science policies (primary)

Use these examples of science policies for inspiration if you're reviewing your own policy. Find examples from maintained primary schools and primary academies.

Last reviewed on 28 September 2023
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  1. Maintained schools
  2. Academies

It's not a statutory requirement to have a science policy, but many schools choose to have one. 

See how other schools approach this policy in the examples below, and read our article on how to develop a school policy if you need more guidance.

Maintained schools

Wattville Primary School in Birmingham has a science policy that includes:

  • The role of the subject leader
  • The scientific knowledge to be taught
  • How to work scientifically
  • Equal opportunities and inclusion
  • Safety considerations
  • Parental involvement

Marsh Lane Primary School in Derbyshire has a science policy that covers:

  • Curriculum planning
  • Teaching strategies 
  • Assessment
  • Teaching resources
  • The responsibilities of the subject leader
  • Health and safety considerations


Buckland CofE Primary School in Oxfordshire has a science policy including:

  • Curriculum planning and teaching approaches
  • How pupils will be taught to work scientifically
  • Equal opportunities and how pupils' individual needs will be met
  • The use of ICT
  • How to work safely

Ashperton Primary Academy in Herefordshire has a science policy covering:

  • How children will work scientifically
  • The types of enquiry children will pursue
  • The use of knowledge organisers and ICT
  • How science will be assessed
  • Additional opportunities for children

The science policy from Hartpury CofE Primary School in Gloucestershire covers:

  • Cross-curricular links and skills
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Health and safety
  • Assessment and marking
  • The role of the subject leader

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