John Spellar MP has great chemistry with scientists in Parliament

Warley MP John Spellar showed a passion for chemistry this week when taking part in science experiments to mark the 175th anniversary of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

At the parliamentary event on 24th February he heard about the importance of good science teaching in primary schools in Warley and took part in some loud and colourful chemistry experiments performed by children’s presenter Fran Scott and her team from Great Scott! science shows.

John witnessed the whizzes and bangs of chemistry first-hand as Fran and her team created dry ice bubbles, colourful flaming salts and hammered MPs’ hands protected with non-newtonian goo. But behind the colourful chemicals and exciting explosions, the event was an opportunity to discuss the importance of excellent science teaching in primary schools. 

Rt Hon John Spellar MP said: “I enjoyed learning more about chemistry and taking part in the experiments. It was also good to speak to the Royal Society of Chemistry about the important work they do in promoting excellent science teaching across the nation’s primary schools.”

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chief Executive, Robert Parker, said: “Science is an important part of a child’s primary education, and plays a key role in shaping their long term attainment, aspiration and interest in the subject. Unfortunately, in some primary schools, science is not seen as a priority, and too few teachers have a background in the subject. In our 175th anniversary year, we want to see a new emphasis from Government to make primary science inspiring, engaging and relevant”.

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