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27 January 2012
A galaxy of leading lights including two previous Secretaries of State for Education, two scientist-media stars and a Nobel Prize-winning academic have been brought together with leading teachers and educationalists by the Royal Society to create a new vision for the future of science and mathematics education.
The new project, Vision for Science and Mathematics Education 5-19, launched by the Royal Society (the UK’s national academy of science) will produce an evidence-based vision of a future world-class, high-performing education system for science and mathematics.
Sir Martin Taylor FRS, Chair of the Vision Committee, said: “Young people today recognise that science and mathematics lie at the heart of their future - and the future of the UK – and are starting to flock to these advantageous and inspiring subjects. We must provide them with an exemplary education system that supports their ambition and nurtures the great minds of the future. The Royal Society’s new project aims to do just that.”
The Vision Committee members are:Sir Martin Taylor FRS (Chair) – Warden of Merton College, University of Oxford and Professor of Pure MathematicsProfessor Julia Higgins DBE FRS FREng (Vice-Chair) – Former Chair, Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education (ACME)Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE - Professor of Physics, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, EPSRC Senior Media Fellow, University of SurreyMrs Linda-May Bingham - Headteacher, Britannia Village Primary School, LondonProfessor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore - Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College LondonProfessor Sally Brown FRSE - Deputy Convener on the RSE Education Committee, The Royal Society of EdinburghThe Rt Hon Charles Clarke - Former Secretary of State for Education Oct 2002 – Dec 2004Professor Raymond Dolan FRS - Director, Wellcome Trust Centre For NeuroimagingProfessor Athene Donald DBE FRS - Chair, Education Committee, The Royal Society andProfessor of Experimental Physics, University of CambridgeMr Michael Gernon - Principal, The RSA Academy, Tipton, W. MidlandsSir Tim Hunt FRS - Principal Scientist, Cell Cycle Control Laboratory, Cancer Research UK London Research InstituteDr Ian Jones – Education Research Fellow of The Royal Society at Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough UniversityProfessor David Philips FRSC CBE – President, Royal Society of ChemistryThe Rt Hon Baroness Shephard of Northwold – Former Secretary of State for Education July 1994 – May 1997Mrs Joan Sjovoll – Headteacher, Framwellgate School, DurhamProfessor Lord Winston Hon FREng FMedSci - Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College
Sir Martin added: “The project will respond to concerns expressed by governments, employers and the science and mathematics communities about the UK’s future economic competitiveness. We want to provide a blueprint for ensuring that the UK will continue to have scientifically and mathematically literate citizens, as well as sufficient numbers of scientists and mathematicians to help solve the many challenges the world will face in the coming decade.”
The project has identified and will focus on five specific areas that are seen as essential components of a high-performing school and college science and mathematics education system: Teachers and the wider workforceLeadership and ethosInfrastructureSkills, curriculum and assessmentAccountabilityAs part of the project, members of the public are being asked to submit their views of these key areas via the Royal Society website. More information about the project and how to submit your views can be found here.
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