A new science curriculum is to be introduced in England’s secondary schools, putting the emphasis on “science for citizens“.

The new issues-based core curriculum, to be tried out in 50 schools from this autumn, will focus on such things as pollution, cloning and genes.

The experts behind it recommend that it should lead to a single science GCSE, alongside which most students would opt for a second vocational or academic qualification, depending on their intended paths after the age of 16.