Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for science education and STEM skills provision - participation, teaching and progression to higher level study

Morning, Monday, 9th October 2017

Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ


Science at secondary level in England will be the focus of this conference.

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 the position of practical science in schools, as well as key issues for the science teaching profession and how to further increase interest in science careers, in light of the December 2016 announcement of a £12.1m investment into science teacher training and Continuing Professional Development.

Further sessions look at STEM 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.

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

Keynote Speakers

Lord Winston

Professor of Science and Society and Chair, Science Communication, Imperial College London

Dr Rosalind Mist

Head of Policy, Education, The Royal Society

Dominic McDonald

Head of Education, The Royal Institution


Layla Moran MP

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Education

Baroness Sharp of Guildford


Elaine Skates

Chief Executive, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

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

Cerys Griffiths

Executive Producer, BBC Learning

Professor Nazira Karodia

Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton

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