Key Points
  • Encouraging STEM Amongst Young People
  • Delivering new T-Levels and the Role of Vocational Education in Bridging the Skills Gap
  • Ensuring a Pipeline of Higher-Level STEM


Overview

This event takes place in the context of the Government reaffirming it's commitment to develop new T-Levels and deliver a 'skills revolution' and following the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which included boosting STEM skills as one of its ten pillars. In addition, it is timed to take place six months on from the publication of the Commons Science and Technology Committee report in April: Industrial Strategy: science and STEM skills, which called for the Government to complement its raft of initiatives to increase STEM skills, this event will bring delegates and policymakers together to discuss the current state of STEM provision in the UK and how to ensure the future generation of scientists and engineers.

Changing Attitudes, Support for Teachers and Expanding Specialist Provision

This forum will discuss what can be done to achieve the Government’s aim to make Britain the best place in the world to study maths, science and engineering, looking at how STEM is currently delivered in schools and how it can be improved, particularly looking at the free school and specialist school models, building on high-performing examples such as the King’s College London Mathematics School. Sessions will assess what can be done to ensure more young people become engaged with STEM from an early age, with a focus on changing attitudes amongst young people and raising awareness through better careers advice of the opportunities and benefits associated with studying these subjects, particularly in the context of the Government’s ambition to see a 20% increase in the number of Maths and Science A level entries from young women by 2020. Delegates will also discuss the current teacher supply situation, including assessment of the Government’s ongoing initiatives to attract highly skilled STEM graduates into teaching as well as how to best support existing teachers and the role organisations like Maths Hubs, Science Learning Partnerships and others can play in providing support and professional development.

Developing ‘T-Levels’, the Implementation of New Institutes of Technology and Alternative Routes into Employment

In light of the Government’s pledge in the recent Industrial Strategy to set aside £170 million in funding for the creation of new Institutes of Technology, aimed at delivering high-level qualifications in STEM, alongside the commitment to put technical and vocational qualifications at the heart education policy, sessions will assess the role of alternative routes into employment in tackling the shortage of STEM skills. Delegates will consider how the new Institutes will work in practice, as well as the challenges of delivering the new T-Levels by the current target of 2019. Attendees will also assess the recommendations from Sir Adrian Smith’s study into the feasibility of compulsory maths study, expected shortly, including how to bridge the gaps in current provision and identify new pathways, and how to apply them to other STEM subjects.

Improving Degree Provision, Funding for Research and Engaging with Employers

In the context of Brexit, and with a slight drop in the number of students taking A levels in STEM subjects in 2016, the forum will look at how to ensure a pipeline of talent for these sectors and encourage more young adults to enrol in STEM degrees. Being held a little over a year on from the Shadbolt and Wakeham Reviews, sessions will also assess how much progress has been made in improving degree provision in STEM subjects to ensure that graduates have the necessary skills required by employers. Delegates will consider how to improve engagement between academia and industry in order to highlight potential future skills shortages and develop successful work experience programmes. Attendees will also discuss the potential impact of the recently allocated £300 million to fund support for STEM PhD places and further research talent, as well as the wider role of HEFCE and other Higher Education bodies in funding and supporting teaching and research in STEM subjects.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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09:05 - 09:30
Addressing the Skills Shortage in UK STEM

 

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Dr Ajay Sharman Regional STEM Ambassador Liaison Lead - London & South East, National STEM Learning Centre and Network

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09:30 - 10:30
Encouraging STEM Amongst Young People - Changing Attitudes, Support for Teachers and Expanding Specialist Provision

 
  • What action needs to be taken and built upon to encourage students to have an understanding of science from an early age?
  • To what extent should the Government collaborate with learned societies and national academies to continually assess what is the best practice to sustain the interest of young people in STEM and how to share this knowledge and influence young people?
  • What is the latest thinking on how the new T-Level should be effectively promoted to young people when it comes into place?
  • What particular action needs to be taken to realise the Government’s ambition of a 20% increase in the number of Maths and Science A level entries from young women by 2020?
  • In what ways can more STEM graduates be encouraged to enter the teaching profession?
  • How can a higher level of competence, confidence and collaboration in the existing STEM teaching and training workforce be developed to increase the retention of new teachers and tutors?

Speakers

Andrew Denford Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools

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Dr Richard Churches Programme Director, Future Teaching Scholars Programme, Education Development Trust

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Peter Finegold Head of Education and Skills, Policy & Research, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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10:30 - 11:00
Addressing the Skills Shortage in UK STEM

 

11:00 - 11:05
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

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Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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11:05 - 11:30
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:30 - 11:35
The Chair’s Welcome Back

 

11:35 - 12:20
The Role of Vocational Education in Bridging the Skills Gap - Developing ‘T-Levels’, the Implementation of New Institutes of Technology and Alternative Routes into Employment

 
  • What steps do the Government need to take to ensure the introduction of T-Levels is a true collaboration between education providers and the business community – what form is the DfE summit with businesses in the autumn to start developing the T level curriculum expected to take?
  • How far are T-Levels expected to meet the current envisaged timescale of coming into effect in 2019 – to what extent is this now sufficient time to develop the necessary content?
  • To what extent is the £15 million announced by DfE sufficient to ensure there are enough qualified teachers and adequately resourced FE colleges to deliver the new T levels?
  • What is the latest thinking on how to encourage large numbers of employers to run three-month work placements for T-level learners and to what extent will financial incentives for employers be needed?
  • What progress has been made on the creation of the New Institutes of Technology as announced in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper?

Speakers

Dr Fiona Aldridge Assistant Director for Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute

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Andy Walls Head of Vocational Policy, Joint Council for Qualifications

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12:20 - 12:55
Ensuring a Pipeline of Higher-Level STEM - Improving Degree Provision, Funding for Research and Engaging with Employers

 
  • What are the options for encouraging more A-Level students to enrol in STEM degrees?
  • What should be done to address the shortage of STEM skills by increasing the take up of advanced mathematics: A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics, and Core Maths students?
  • What is relevance of advanced mathematics qualifications to HE and subsequent employment?
  •  How much progress has been made in improving degree provision in STEM subjects to ensure that graduates have the necessary skills required by employers since the publication of the Shadbolt and Wakeham Reviews?
  • How can engagement between academia and industry be improved in order to highlight potential future skills shortages?
  • How is the £300 million announced in the Spring Budget in part to support 1000 new PhD places and fellowships focused on STEM subjects expected to be allocated?



12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

 

End

Speakers

Dr Fiona Aldridge Assistant Director for Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute

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Dr Richard Churches Programme Director, Future Teaching Scholars Programme, Education Development Trust

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Peter Finegold Head of Education and Skills, Policy & Research, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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Baroness Garden of Frognal Officer, All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

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Professor Paul Glaister University of Reading; Chair, Joint Mathematical Council

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Dr Ajay Sharman Regional STEM Ambassador Liaison Lead - London & South East, National STEM Learning Centre and Network

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Andy Walls Head of Vocational Policy, Joint Council for Qualifications

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Andrew Denford Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools

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Attending
  • Ascentis
  • BAM
  • Bournemouth University
  • Braintree District Council
  • British Pharmacological Society
  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Education Development Trust
  • Education Scotland
  • Frontier Economics
  • Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • Harlow College
  • IFF Research
  • Innovate UK
  • L3 ASA
  • Malvern Instruments
  • MBDA
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Newcastle University
  • Open University
  • Ricoh
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Shell International Trading and Shipping
  • The Brilliant Club
  • Think Up
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • University of Brighton

Venue details

Park Plaza County Hall London 1 Addington St Lambeth London SE1 7RY

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