Morning, Thursday, 9th December 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss priorities for delivering high-quality science education in England and what is needed to support the workforce to boost quality and attainment in science education.
Delegates will also consider the recently published research review of science education from Ofsted, which sets out the key factors that enable schools to deliver a high-quality education and identifies areas of concern in current provision.
With a further Government investigation into the provision of science education in schools expected to report in 2022, this conference will be an opportunity to discuss the review’s recommendations for best practice, including:
- coherency within the broader science curriculum
- work focused on content and progression rather than practical activities in isolation
- frequent assessments to monitor learning, retention, and progression
- sufficient curriculum time combined with specific CPD for teachers and technicians
This seminar will also consider priorities for the workforce, including the introduction of the new suite of NPQs being launched in September 2021, The Science Technician Workforce report from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the reforms to the Early Career Framework, as well as priorities for the recruitment of specialist teachers and strategies to encourage early career teachers to specialise in science.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:
- Rt Hon Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair, STEM Learning Board
- Professor Jonathan Osborne, Chair, Science Advisory Group, Programme for International Student Assessment, OECD; and Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
- Hannah Russell, Chief Executive, The Association for Science Education
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the UK Space Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from AQA; Bede's Senior School; Plumcroft Primary School, London; Royal Society of Biology; Sheffield Hallam University; St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, Prudhoe; Stubbin Wood School, Mansfield; The Association for Science Education; University of Cambridge; and Wolverhampton City Council.
A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Satellite Evolution Group.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from schools and teaching professionals, representatives of exam boards, subject associations, trade associations, industry and business, trade unions, local government, universities and colleges, those working in educational resources, museums and heritage sector representatives, scientific institutes, groups representing parents and students, specialist academics, think tanks and charities, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference