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Reforms to Mathematics qualifications: new A-levels and the future of Mathematics provision post-16

Timed to follow the publication of Sir Adrian Smith’s review into the potential for improving the quality and increasing the scale of the study of mathematics from 16 to 18, this seminar will consider next steps for reforming maths qualifications post-16.

Delegates will discuss issues including whether maths should be made compulsory for students until the age of 18 and ensuring that the future workforce has appropriate mathematical and quantitative skills. They will also consider steps that need to be taken to overcome barriers to increased provision and take-up of Mathematics post-16, including teacher supply and financial constraints. 

The implementation of the new Mathematics A-levels will also be discussed, following the publication of specifications and ahead of the start of teaching in September 2017. Attendees will assess the impact of the new linear structure of the A-levels, as well as their altered emphasis and content.

Further sessions will consider measures to tackle the ongoing recruitment and retention issues in maths teaching, highlighted by the recent AoC and TES survey and the additional demand on the profession posed by the proposals for students failing to achieve a ‘good pass’ at GCSE to retake the exams. 

We are delighted that Dr Vanessa Pittard, Assistant Director, Curriculum Standards and Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor, University of London and Lead, 16-18 Mathematics Review have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Robert Barbour, Chair, ACME Expert Panel on the Professional Development of Teachers of Mathematics; Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG); Jocelyn D’Arcy, Trustee, Association of Teachers of Mathematics and Head of Mathematics, Warwick School; Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive, National Numeracy; Professor Paul Glaister, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Reading; Member ALMAB, ALCAB; Consultant, CMSP; External Expert, Ofqual and Chair, Joint Mathematical Council UK (JMC); Mark Heslop, Head of Mathematics, Altricham Grammar School for Boys and Member, Mathematics A-Level Content Advisory Board; Will Hornby, Maths Subject Specialist, Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR); Professor Tom McLeish, Chair of Education Committee, The Royal Society and Professor of Physics, Durham University; Charlynne Pullen, Head of Workforce Data, Education and Training Foundation; Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager, 14-19 and Curriculum, Association of Colleges; Charlie Stripp, Chief Executive, Mathematics in Education and Industry and Director, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics; Alison Tonkin, Senior Manager, Standards, Ofqual and Susan Trigger, Headteacher, Bitterne Park School, Hampshire have also agreed to speak.

Lord Broers and Lord Lucas have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

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Event Details

Event Date 25-04-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 25-04-2017 1:00 pm
Individual Price £210.00
Location London