Next steps for science at secondary level - implementing reformed GCSEs, priorities for the teaching profession and increasing participation

9 October 2017 09:00-13:00, Central London, United Kingdom


Introduction
This timely seminar focuses on science at secondary level in England.             
Timed to follow the completion of the first full year of teaching the reformed GCSE science qualifications, delegates will share latest thinking on the new key stage 4 curriculum and assessment patterns rolled out in September 2016.
They will also discuss key issues for the science teaching profession and how to further increase interest in science careers, in light of Government’s December 2016 announcement of a £12.1m investment into science teacher training and Continuing Professional Development.
Further sessions look at science careers and preparation for university, as well as how schools might further increase participation in science to tackle the productivity gap and drive growth in the UK economy - following the £170m investment into higher level technical education in STEM subjects announced in the Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy and in light of the Science and Technology Select Committee’s ongoing inquiry into closing the STEM skills gap.
Overall, areas for discussion in the agenda include:
Reformed science GCSEs - lessons learnt from the initial year of teaching;
The future position of practical science in reformed qualifications;
The assessment and regulation of newly reformed science exams;
Priorities for the science teaching profession - recruitment and retention including specialist science teachers, and Continuing Professional Development for science teachers;
Increasing participation in science, diversity and progression towards science at university and as a career; and
Case studies in innovative science teaching.
Speakers
  • Yvonne Baker Chief Executive, National STEM Learning Centre, United Kingdom
  • Marianne Cutler Director, Curriculum Innovation, The Association for Science, United Kingdom
  • Heidi Faure Principal, Rosedale College, United Kingdom
  • Sarah Old Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual, United Kingdom
  • Charles Tracy Head of Education, Institute of Physics, United Kingdom
  • David Shakespeare Education Consultant, Square 2 Learning, United Kingdom
  • Charlotte Avery Headmistress, St Mary’s School, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Peter Finegold Head of Education, Institution of Mechanical Engineering, United Kingdom
  • Joanne Gogerly Operations Manager, Professional Education, Siemens, United Kingdom

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