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Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
Careers from maths – tell the kids!
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Careers from maths – tell the kids!

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A presentation suggesting that quality media communication around the interesting careers should be available in UK schools to encourage more children to study Maths at A level and beyond.

A presentation suggesting that quality media communication around the interesting careers should be available in UK schools to encourage more children to study Maths at A level and beyond.

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  • 1. Careers from Maths – tell the kids! <ul><li>Steve Greenfield, Independent Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Career: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths degree (Edinburgh) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR MSc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government, British Gas, Cap Gemini, Independent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OR in Schools (ORiS) task group member </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>0116 2894451 or 07801 709054 </li></ul><ul><li>www.greenfieldenterprises.co.uk </li></ul>Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 2. Talk outline <ul><li>Problem – insufficient Maths skills in “UK plc” </li></ul><ul><li>One solution - “Careers from Maths - tell the kids!” </li></ul><ul><li>The vision – a big idea </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering the vision </li></ul><ul><li>My daughter </li></ul><ul><li>Your input. </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 3. Problem – insufficient Maths skills in “UK plc” <ul><li>A level candidates: 67k (1996), 56k (2003), though numbers picking up, recently? </li></ul><ul><li>Even worse for Science? </li></ul><ul><li>Declining Supply Chain of Maths Learners </li></ul><ul><li>-> “Mathematics Supply Chain” </li></ul><ul><li>Clear impact on OR profession </li></ul><ul><li>Supply chain problem => an OR problem. </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 4. Problem – insufficient Maths skills in “UK plc” Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 5. “ Mathematics Supply Chain” <ul><li>% learning/doing Maths </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007 Age 0 5 16 18 21 14 11
  • 6. Supply Chain - Inputs and Outputs <ul><li>Inputs = Learners (School-kids etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Outputs = Doers (Those in “Careers from Maths”) </li></ul><ul><li>How to immediately link inputs and outputs? </li></ul><ul><li>-> Tell the inputs what the outputs are doing </li></ul><ul><li>-> Tell the kids about careers from Maths </li></ul><ul><li>(-> And, tell the kids about OR careers) </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 7. Quality “Careers from Maths” media communication <ul><li>How best to tell the kids about careers from Maths? </li></ul><ul><li>-> Make the communication informative, honest and attractive -> Words not enough, nowadays </li></ul><ul><li>-> In competition with “other careers” </li></ul><ul><li>-> Quality media communication on “Careers from Maths” (Video, DVD, web download?) </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to reach all children “of the right age” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. teenagers. </li></ul></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 8. The Vision – a big idea <ul><li>“ Every UK secondary school to have access to quality “Careers from Maths” media communication, that both inform and enthuse children to study Maths a little longer than they might otherwise do.” </li></ul><ul><li>Maths teachers like this vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Far too big? </li></ul><ul><li>Compares with ORiS vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Every school-kid knows what OR is” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also “big”, but the OR Community are doing it. </li></ul></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 9. Delivering the vision <ul><li>How to deliver? Don’t know! </li></ul><ul><li>Many routes…. </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. One discipline first, or overall Maths first? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I.e. via “OR community and outwards” or via the “overall Maths bodies”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tried the latter, haphazardly - no response thus far. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why not via us, the OR Community? -> why I’m giving this presentation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possible Models/Approaches </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 10. Possible Models/Approaches (1) <ul><li>Government take idea on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What “we” do needs to be “professional” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevant company sponsorship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Careers in Science card game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each career card sponsored by a relevant company </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Boots sponsored the pharmacist career card </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>House of Commons Maths reception </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vodafone, City leaders – passed on attached leaflet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>University take idea on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to ORiS initiative, via Jo? </li></ul></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 11. Possible Models/Approaches (2) <ul><li>Selling the idea via Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sir Peter Williams (ACME) –> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gordon Brown (c.f. Government take on) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsorship – other contacts, write a proposal? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prof O’Reilly -> Marcus de Sautoy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Noel Sharkey (Robot Wars judge) – robotics career clip. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A combination of the above, via the OR Community? </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 12. My daughter <ul><li>Louise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aged 14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academically bright </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Maths is boring, and is irrelevant, Dad” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A good singer, ballet dancer, clarinet player </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wants a career in musicals! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loves Saturday evening TV….. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>X factor, Strictly come dancing, Dancing on Ice.. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All quality media, all very attractive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>No quality media around Maths careers. Need to compete! </li></ul><ul><li>Yet is Maths boring? Are careers from Maths boring? Operational Research careers aren’t! </li></ul><ul><li>Your thoughts? (Best one wins a prize!) </li></ul>Careers from Maths – tell the kids! Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007
  • 13. Careers from Maths – tell the kids! <ul><li>Steve Greenfield, Independent Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Career: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths degree (Edinburgh) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR MSc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government, British Gas, Cap Gemini, Independent </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OR in Schools (ORiS) task group member </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>0116 2894451 or 07801 709054 </li></ul><ul><li>www.greenfieldenterprises.co.uk </li></ul>Steve Greenfield OR49 September 4 th 2007

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