I tutor GCSE science students at several different schools. Most of them tell me they do virtually no practical work. I'm sure there are good reasons for this, I think a combination of poor behaviour and not having proper science teachers. One boy told me they don't do any practicals as the equipment would be stolen. I wondered if this is normal and if so how do schools deal with the practical requirements and the signed statement they have to submit? The GCSE practical science statement There is no practical skills endorsement at GCSE level, unlike that at A-level. Instead, the head of each school or college will need to sign the AQA practical science statement to confirm that reasonable opportunities have been given to ensure that each student has: • completed the required practical activities detailed in the specification • made a contemporaneous record of such work undertaken during the activities and the knowledge, skills and understanding derived from those activities.