Westminster Education Forum

The future for Mathematics education post-16 - quantitative skills, new A-Levels and teacher development

Morning, Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders from across the education sector to consider the next steps for improving the quality of post-16 Mathematics, and increasing participation. Delegates will consider the recommendations of Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s review into mathematics education for 16 to 18-year-olds in England, including his call for the GCSE resit policy to be reviewed. They will also discuss priorities for ensuring a high quality of quantitative skills provision in the new T-levels, and the future for functional skills qualifications, in light of the Department for Education’s consultation on the content of the reformed qualifications and Ofqual’s consultation on their regulation.


Further sessions include discussion on:


  • The implementation of the new Mathematics A-levels - looking at the initial reception and the likely impact of the linear structure, and altered emphasis and content;
  • Further action for increasing participation in Core Maths - including the potential use of online courses;
  • Improving quantitative skills across the ability range and the roles colleges, industry and employers can play moving forward; and
  • Options for tackling ongoing recruitment and retention issues in Maths, following the announcement of new bursaries to attract and retain Maths teachers and funding to extend Maths hubs to challenging areas.


Guests of Honour

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS

Vice-Chancellor, University of London and Lead, 16-18 Mathematics Review

Will Longhill

Team Leader, Maths Strategy, Department for Education

Emma Leary

Associate Director of Vocational and Technical Qualifications Policy, Ofqual

Alison Tonkin

Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual

Guests of Honour

Emma Leary

Associate Director of Vocational and Technical Qualifications Policy, Ofqual

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS

Vice-Chancellor, University of London and Lead, 16-18 Mathematics Review

Alison Tonkin

Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual

Keynote Speaker

Will Longhill

Team Leader, Maths Strategy, Department for Education

Chair

Lord Lucas

Speakers

Mike Ellicock

Chief Executive, National Numeracy

Professor Emma McCoy

Member, Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education, Royal Society and Professor of Statistics and Vice-Dean (Education), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London

Catherine Sezen

Senior Policy Manager, 14-19 and Curriculum, Association of Colleges

Sue Southwood

Head of English and Maths, Professional Standards and Workforce Development, Education and Training Foundation

Will Hornby

Subject Adviser, Mathematics, OCR

Mick Blaylock

Mathematics Education Consultant and former Head, Core Maths Support Programme

Professor Paul Glaister

University of Reading and Chair, The Joint Mathematical Council of the UK (JMC)

Nick Groves

Associate Director (3Ts Service Modernisation) & Trust Workforce Transformation Lead, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rose-Marie Rochester

Maths Hub Lead (Secondary), Archimedes NE Maths Hub, Carmel College, County Durham