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Westminster Education Forum Event - Reforms to Science at GCSE and A-level: content, delivery and practical skills

Date: Thursday 17th July 2014

Time: 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Location : Venue tba, Central London

Cost : Concessionary school rates available

This seminar will focus on reforms to GCSE and A-level Science qualifications.

Guest of Honour: Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Delegates will discuss the content of the new A-level science qualifications to be taught from September 2015 and the new GCSE in science, to be taught from September 2016. Sessions also consider implementation issues around the new qualifications including the removal of modules, as well as concerns raised by learned societies about the lack of assessment of practical skills in the new qualifications. Delegates at this seminar are also expected to discuss the topics to be covered at Key Stages 4 and 5, and how well the new qualifications will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for Higher Education and employment in science-related areas.

Key Speakers

A senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar and

ASE's Marianne Cutler, Director, Curriculum Innovation will also be talking at the event - Delivering Science across Key Stages 4 and 5 ‐ practical experiments, industry involvement and utilising technology .

Other Speakers

Dr Newman Burdett, Head, Centre for International Comparisons, National Foundation for Educational Research; Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive, The Society of Biology; Josh Hillman, Director of Education, Nuffield Foundation; Professor Jim Iley, Executive Director, Science and Education, Royal Society of Chemistry; Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, Co-Director, Rutherford Schools Physics Project and Educational Outreach Officer, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge;Sarah Jones, Head of Education and Exams, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry;Professor Peter Main, Director, Education and Science, Institute of Physics and Dr David Read, Principal Teaching Fellow and Head of Education Group (Chemistry), University of Southampton have also agreed to speak.

This seminar is supported by AQA

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