Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for science at secondary level - STEM skills, participation, the teaching profession and reformed GCSEs

Morning, Monday, 9th October 2017

Central London


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.

Guests of Honour

Sarah Old

Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual

Yvonne Baker

Chief Executive, National STEM Learning Centre

Guests of Honour

Yvonne Baker

Chief Executive, National STEM Learning Centre

Sarah Old

Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual


Baroness Sharp of Guildford


Marianne Cutler

Director, Curriculum Innovation, The Association for Science Education

David Shakespeare

CPD and Education Consultant, Square 2 Learning

Charles Tracy

Head of Education, Institute of Physics

Heidi Faure

Principal, Rosedale College, Middlesex

Peter Finegold

Head of Education and Skills, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Neil Wade

Lead Subject Advisor, OCR

Julie Belanger

Research Leader, RAND Europe

Joanne Gogerly

Operations Manager, Siemens Professional Education, Siemens

Charlotte Avery

Headmistress, St Mary’s School, Cambridge and President, Girls’ Schools Association