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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College, Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

Administrative / Biographical history

The Junior Science Project or Section (also known as Primary Science) of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project completed its investigation into the teaching of science in the primary school age group in December 1966. Trials of the materials produced from a team of eight workers seconded from schools and colleges had begun in 1965 in schools drawn from twelve pilot areas set up by the Schools Council. In all areas, local authorities agreed to set up teachers' centres and the Schools Council ran introductory courses for teachers, area leaders and administrators. Links were established with the Nuffield Mathematics Teaching Project. The continuation project, sponsored jointly by the Nuffield Foundation and Schools Council, was established to run from 1967 to 1970. The course was designed for children in the 5 to 13 age group. The organiser was E R Wastnedge.

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, 1960-1974, of the Junior Science Project or Section of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project, including teaching notes and materials, 1960-1967; paper on the teaching of science in primary schools, 1963; draft press announcement on the teaching of mathematics to pupils between the ages of 5 and 13, 1964; correspondence, including staff appointments, 1963-1964; papers relating to invitations to serve on the consultative committee, 1963-1967; papers relating to planning on subjects in the Primary Science project including teaching aids, 1964; correspondence on Junior Science, including textbooks, 1964-1967; pilot project; Junior Science consultative committee meetings papers, 1964-1966, including minutes; consultative committee policy papers and correspondence, 1964-1965; papers on safety procedure and storage of equipment, 1965; mathematics teaching, 1965-1966; report on pilot stage of Junior Science and proposals for continuation project, 1965-1966; correspondence relating to equipment and apparatus, 1965-1967; correspondence relating to publications, 1965-1967; papers relating to the Junior Science film 'Into Tomorrow', 1966-1967.

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


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 Combined Science Project, 1964-1970 (Ref: CNU/CSP); A-level in Physical Sciences, 1955-1974 (Ref: CNU/ALPS); 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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  • Curriculum
  • Educational administration
  • Educational institutions
  • Educational levels
  • Educational personnel
  • Educational publications
  • Government
  • Health services administration
  • Mathematics education
  • Organization and administration
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Personnel management
  • Primary education
  • Public administration
  • Recruitment
  • Schoolchildren
  • Schools
  • Science education
  • Students
  • Teachers

Corporate names

  • Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

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