Reforms to science at GCSE and A-level: implementation, practical science and support for teachers and learners

5 July 2016 09:00-13:00, London, United Kingdom

Delegates will discuss the content and the implementation of the new GCSEs, including the implications of removing modules, having a greater focus on scientific knowledge and the inclusion of mathematical content, ahead of the teaching of the qualifications in September 2016.

Further areas of discussion will include the role of practical assessment in science education, including the likely impact of proposed reforms to science practical assessments at GCSE and A-level. Delegates will discuss the implications posed by the use of written exam questions in place of controlled assessment at GCSE and A-level on the development of practical science skills and the delivery of practical activities in schools.

Sessions will also focus on the new A-level science qualifications towards the end of the first year of teaching and whether they will effectively prepare young people for Higher Education and careers in science. Steps that could be taken to further encourage industry involvement in science education and address the gender imbalance in the uptake of sciences at A-level and beyond will also be considered.

We are delighted that Dr David Cameron, Education Programmes Manager, The Institute of Physics; Lucy Rimmington, Senior Manager, Strategic Relationships, Ofqual; Rebecca Rylatt, Lead Policy Adviser for Science, Department for Education and Kim Knappett, President, ATL and Science Teacher, Forest Hill School, London have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this conference.

Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director, ScienceGrrl; Dr Marianne Cutler, Director, Curriculum Innovation, The Association for Science Education; Stephen Diston, Head of Sciences and ICT, OCR; Professor Yang Gao, Professor of Space Autonomous Systems, Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey; Pauline Hoyle, Associate Director, National STEM Learning Centre and Network; Dr Sarah Jones, Head of Education and Academic Liaison, The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI); Caroline Jordan, Headmistress, Headington School, Oxfordshire and President, Girls' Schools Association; David Lakin, Director of Programme Development STEMNET; Jim Langley, Member, Institute for Outdoor Learning and Director, Nature’s Work; Sharmila Metcalf, Programme Head, Nuffield Research Placements, Nuffield Foundation have also agreed to speak.

Michelle Donelan MP, Member, Education Select Committee and Lord Hunt of Chesterton, Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have kindly agreed to chair sessions at this seminar.
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