Westminster Education Forum

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Next steps for science education in England

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.

The discussion will 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 in schools expected to report in 2022, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the review’s recommendations for best practice, including:

  • coherency within the broader science curriculum
  • work focussed 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

The agenda in summary:

  • Priorities for science education
  • Providing high quality science education - recovering from COVID-19, meeting funding needs, areas for prioritisation, co-ordinating with other subjects, and securing progression, curriculum time, and coherency across disciplines
  • Encouraging careers in science - bringing industry into education, boosting awareness, tackling skills shortages, and working with employers to improve diversity and participation
  • The education workforce - meeting the demand for specialist teachers, improving recruitment and retention, the role of technicians, and priorities for professional development
  • Boosting quality and attainment in science education - insights from international practice
  • Creating a holistic approach to science education - engaging with industry and research, encouraging science careers, and supporting schools


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. 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, is 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

Keynote Speakers

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


Stephen Metcalfe MP

Chair, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick


Hannah Russell

Chief Executive, The Association for Science Education

Amie Hewish

Head of Secondary (STEM Subjects), Oxford University Press

Dr Michelle Saunders

Science Curriculum Lead, St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, Prudhoe

Annette Farrell

Interim Education Policy Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Lynne Bianchi

Director, Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub, University of Manchester

Charles Tracy

Head of Education, Institute of Physics

Jack Worth

School Workforce Lead, National Foundation for Educational Research

Lauren McLeod

Head of Education Policy, Royal Society of Biology