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

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

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

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