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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA CNU/PAL, CNU/POL
Title
NUFFIELD FOUNDATION SCIENCE TEACHING PROJECT: Physics A- and O-level
Date(s)
1963-1972
Level of description
Sub-fonds of Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
17 boxes

Context

Name of creator(s)

Chelsea College, Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

Administrative / Biographical history

The Physics Project of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project was initially designed for pupils between the ages of 11 and 16, and ended with examination at O-level. Work on the project was controlled by the joint organisers, Dr P J Black and J M Ogborn. The first trials of the course began in September 1968 in 24 schools, a total of 500 students. The first trial A-level was set in June 1970. Physics A-level trial schools included Mill Mount Grammar School, York; Monks Park School, Bristol; Ormskirk Grammar School; City of Portsmouth Highbury Technical College; Repton School in Derby; La Retraite School, Bristol; Royal Belfast Academical Institution; Rugby School; St Malachy's College, Belfast; Sale Grammar School; Surbiton County Grammar School; Teesdale School; William Ellis School, London; and Worcester Royal Grammar School.

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, 1963-1972, of the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project Physics A-level (PAL) and Physics O-level (POL) courses, comprising papers and correspondence relating to PAL examinations, apparatus and publications, 1963-1972, including development of the course, teaching materials, recognition of Nuffield Foundation PAL by examining boards, requests for information, trial schools, examination papers, 1970-1972, and returns from ex-students in higher education evaluating the course, 1971; POL correspondence files, 1963-1970, covering universities and trials schools, questions, teaching materials, training for teachers, and comments on examinations; papers relating to POL examinations and apparatus, 1964-c1968; correspondence with schools concerning the Physics Project, 1963-1967, including some details of pupils.

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); A-level in Physical Sciences, 1955-1974 (Ref: CNU/ALPS); 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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Subjects

  • Curriculum
  • Educational administration
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational institutions
  • Educational publications
  • Equipment
  • Examinations
  • Physics education
  • Schoolchildren
  • Schools
  • Science education
  • Scientific equipment
  • Secondary school students
  • Secondary schools
  • Student evaluation
  • Students
  • Teaching materials

Corporate names

  • Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project

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