Keynote 3 - Professor Les Ebdon, Vice Chancellor University of Bedfordshire

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Keynote 3 - Professor Les Ebdon, Vice Chancellor University of Bedfordshire

  1. 1. New and continuing perspectives - a Vice Chancellor’s view Professor Les Ebdon CBE, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive University of Bedfordshire
  2. 2. <ul><li>‘ the best place in the world for our children and </li></ul><ul><li>young people to grow up’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ed Balls </li></ul><ul><li>John Denham </li></ul><ul><li>Foreword to NCEE report October 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. NCEE Report <ul><li>4 strands </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>17 recommendations </li></ul>
  4. 4. Business <ul><li>business-education partnership </li></ul><ul><li>member of leadership team to be responsible </li></ul><ul><li>focus on schools in the National Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>promote good practice </li></ul><ul><li>include in every Children and Young People’s Plan </li></ul>
  5. 5. Higher education <ul><li>more IAG, Ofsted benchmarked </li></ul><ul><li>every primary school pupil to visit HE </li></ul><ul><li>provision of better STEM skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information Advice and Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>- senior member of staff responsible </li></ul><ul><li>- HEIs provide advice </li></ul><ul><li>- better advice on 14-19 choices </li></ul><ul><li>- inform about selective universities </li></ul><ul><li>- publicity to highlight advantages of HE </li></ul><ul><li>comprehensive widening participation strategies </li></ul><ul><li>open, accessible admissions policies </li></ul><ul><li>review data on A* before using it </li></ul>
  6. 6. Partnerships between providers <ul><li>High performing initiatives to support others </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist Schools strengthen partnership to raise standards </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding leaders to support (or lead) others </li></ul><ul><li>Inspection to reflect partnership work </li></ul><ul><li>Independent and maintained schools and LAs to work together </li></ul>
  7. 7. Parents <ul><li>‘ place high quality parental engagement at the heart of the </li></ul><ul><li>system through effective support for professionals’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. HE Ambassadors Group - monitored implementation <ul><li>WPSAs  </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions  </li></ul><ul><li>A*  </li></ul><ul><li>Schools engagement  </li></ul>
  9. 9. STEM remains a major challenge <ul><li>Royal Society report </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The UK’s science and mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>teaching workforce’ 2007 </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Government statistics under-estimate problem </li></ul><ul><li>Need better recruitment and retention data </li></ul><ul><li>Targets missed but these may be too low too </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Need for inspirational teachers </li></ul><ul><li>More practical work </li></ul><ul><li>This means more support </li></ul>
  12. 12. The elephants in the room <ul><li>16-19 reforms </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated science </li></ul><ul><li>Connexions </li></ul><ul><li>Fair access versus widening participation </li></ul>
  13. 13. The mastodon in the room <ul><li>- Purpose of education </li></ul>
  14. 14. The growing elephant in the room <ul><li>- Reductions in public expenditure </li></ul>
  15. 15. Some especial challenges in teacher education <ul><li>TDA quotas </li></ul><ul><li>Government requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Ofsted </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging demography </li></ul><ul><li>Supply side problems </li></ul><ul><li>Poor workforce planning </li></ul><ul><li>Constraints on internationalisation </li></ul><ul><li>Rising expectations, e.g. BSF </li></ul>
  16. 16. Key role of teacher education <ul><li>Our supply chain </li></ul><ul><li>CPD challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>‘ A teacher affects eternity’ </li></ul><ul><li>Henry Adams </li></ul>

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