Westminster Education Forum: Reforming maths qualifications in England


Dr Vanessa Pittard, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Standards, Department for Education 

Anne Watson, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Oxford

Will Hornby, Subject Specialist - Maths and Technical, Oxford Cambridge and RSA

Date: 23 May 2016 Venue: Central London - address to be confirmed
Type: Seminar Fee: £210 + VAT

This seminar focuses on challenges for implementing reforms to maths qualifications at GCSE and A Level. 

Delegates will discuss how schools are preparing to deliver the new mathematics A Level qualifications ahead of their first teaching in September 2017. They will also consider what can be learnt so far from the introduction of the new more rigorous GCSE maths and the 'core-maths' qualifications in September 2015, as well as whether these will effectively prepare young people for Higher Education and careers in maths. 

The seminar takes place in the context of recent OECD analysis suggesting that England’s maths curriculum is too broad and that some students are falling behind due to a shortage of qualified teachers. Sessions assess the Government’s decision to make students that do not achieve a Grade C in maths continue to study maths and the likely implications of making the majority of students continue to pursue the subject until the age of 18 - as well as how to improve teacher recruitment, retention and professional development provision. The conference will bring together Parliamentarians and senior officials with key stakeholders including school and college leaders, local authority representatives, teaching unions, awarding body representatives, education publishers, education consultants, academics and representatives from industry and subject associations.

Will Hornby, Subject Specialist - Maths and Technical, OCR, will speak and be part of a panel discussion about A Level maths looking at the increasing uptake and the impact of 'core maths'.