The Education Policy team aims to influence policy changes in government. The team works across a range of education topics, including the benefits of a broad and balanced curriculum, the importance of experimental science, key themes in mathematics and computing education, and how we can improve the use of education research itself.
The Policy team gathers evidence through commissioned and in-house research, publishes reports, drafts briefings, and holds round-tables with key stakeholders to ensure that Ministers and government departments are as informed as possible when making policy decisions.
They also regularly seek to engage with teachers and school leaders to help understand the key challenges facing the teaching profession.
The Schools Engagement team runs CPD sessions in collaboration with Education Policy for primary and secondary teachers, and details of these session are highlighted via the monthly email newsletter to the Network and on the Schools Network website.
Ofsted inspection framework consultation
We have sought teachers' feedback via the Schools Network to help inform consultation documents on the latest Ofsted education inspection framework. The Society's response highlights the importance of encouraging all schools to study a broad, balanced and connected curriculum, acknowledging the challenges schools face in achieving this. Read the full response.
Broad and balanced post-16 curriculum – it’s time to have your say
On 12 February 2019 the Education Policy team held a business forum event, focusing on how a broad post-16 education could equip students with the skills needed in a changing world of work as well as exploring how businesses can be involved in broadening the education ecosystem. Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI gave the keynote speech and Sir Venki Ramakrishnan PRS, President of the Royal Society, also addressed the forum calling for a review into post-16 education so that it can better support students in learning the skills they will need for the future of work.
A small number of teachers attended, and you can find a write up of their feedback into their discussion on the Royal Society Schools Network blog