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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA CNU/ALPS
Title
NUFFIELD FOUNDATION SCIENCE TEACHING PROJECT: A-level in Physical Sciences
Date(s)
1955-1974
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
45 boxes, 1 file

Context

Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College, Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

Administrative / Biographical history

The Nuffield Foundation A-level Physical Science course was planned as an alternative to sixth-form physics and chemistry. The exercise was initiated in 1965 under the control of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project and was organised by Dr John E Spice, Senior Chemistry Master at Winchester College. The first meeting of the Physical Sciences Group with physicists and chemists from the trials schools to discuss the content of the course and form of examination was held in March 1966. Members of the Group, who worked part-time, were responsible for planning and writing the course. The course began in sixteen 'trials schools' (Atlantic College; Bletchley Grammar School; Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School; Cardinal Hinsley Grammar School in Bradford; Christ's Hospital; City of London Girls' School; Cleveland Grammar School in Redcar; Dauntsey's School; Dudley High School; Eastbourne Grammer School; Elizabeth College in Guernsey; Gordonstoun School; Marlborough College; Seaford College in Petworth; Watford Grammar School; and Winchester College) in September 1966 and the first candidates were examined in June 1968.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were transferred to King's College London Archives from the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project at Chelsea College.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records, 1955-1974, of the Nuffield Foundation A-level Physical Science (ALPS) course, comprising draft proposals for the A-level in Physical Sciences and contents of the course, 1966-1971, including report on general entry requirements to universities, 1967, progress report, 1968, information for pupils, 1968, and papers relating to course content, 1969-1971; Nuffield Foundation administrative papers relating to the A-level in Physical Sciences, 1964-1973, mostly correspondence; working party papers, 1965-1968, relating to structure of the course; papers relating to meetings and conferences, 1964-1970, including meetings of the Joint Committee on Physical Sciences and the Physical Sciences consultative committee and correspondence with the GCE (General Certificate of Education) Liaison Committee and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate; papers relating to trial schools, 1966-1968, including question papers, correspondence concerning admission to universities, and summary of comments received; correspondence with schools, Local Education Authorities and colleges of further education, 1965-1974, the subjects including different kinds of schools, feedback, and teaching materials; newsletters, 1967-1971, including information on the teacher's guide and student's workbook; schools questionnaire, 1971; papers relating to examinations, 1966-1971, including details of candidates, sample papers, result sheets and requirements for university entrance; papers on projects submitted by candidates, 1967-1971; papers relating to apparatus and scientific developments for the A-level in Physical Sciences, 1966-1971; correspondence with universities, polytechnics, and UCCA (later the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), 1965-1972, including acceptance of ALPS for entry; introductory teachers' guides and course contents, 1967-1970; publications and articles, 1965-1971, including correspondence with publishers of textbooks and other materials; miscellaneous papers, 1955-1968, including correspondence with the Civil Service Commission and the armed forces concerning acceptance of ALPS candidates for entry; papers written by members of the Physical Sciences Group, 1965-1968 and undated, on various scientific topics, including preparatory material on their drafting; teachers' guides and papers prepared by teachers in trials schools, 1966-1967 and undated, on various scientific topics, with introductory sections and questions and answers.

System of arrangement

Arranged in series as outlined above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

List available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds the records of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project (NFSTP), 1949-1993 (Ref: CNU), the other sub-fonds comprising general papers, 1961-1974 (Ref: CNU/STP); the Secondary Science Education Programme, 1965-1974 (Ref: CNU/SS); the Junior Science Project, 1960-1974 (Ref: CNU/JSP); the Combined Science Project, 1964-1970 (Ref: CNU/CSP); Physics A-and O-level, 1963-1972 (Ref: CNU/PAL, CNU/POL); Chemistry O-level, 1962-1974 (Ref: CNU/COL); Chemistry A-level, 1962-1974 (Ref: CNU/CAL); Biology O-level, 1962-c1973 (Ref: CNU/BOL); Biology A-level, 1963-1972 (Ref: CNU/BAL); records relating to publications, also including material on NFSTP administration, 1949-1992 (Ref: CNU/PBN); published texts, 1960-1993 (Ref: CNU/TEXT); film loops and accompanying teaching notes, 1966-1978 (Ref: CNU/BOL/FL, CNU/COL/FL, CNU/BAL/FL, CNU/CAL/FL, CNU/PAL/FL, CNU/SS/FL, CNU/CSP/FL). It also holds records of the Schools Council Integrated Science Project (based, like the NFSTP, at Chelsea College and inspired by the Nuffield Combined Science Scheme), 1968-1984 (Ref: C/SCISP, C/SC, C/SCPT, C/SCI5-13).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: list at King's College London Archives.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2001, revised Mar 2001

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Corporate names

  • Civil Service Commission
  • Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
  • Universities Central Council on Admission
  • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

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