On Wednesday 16th January (12.30 -1.30 p.m), Politeia held a seminar with three academic contributors to our education series to consider the principles and structure for a better examination and assessment system.
Professors David Abulafia, Jonathan Clarke and John Marenbon considered some of the problems with the present system and the principles on which reform should be based. Amongst the themes discussed were:
- What principles should guide official assessment criteria. Professor John Marenbon, Trinity College, Cambridge
- GCSEs and A levels – What should we test and how? Professor David Abulafia, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
- How Should We Mark – Absolute or Relative Systems? Professor Jonathan Clarke, University of Kansas
Rt Hon David Willetts MP and Professor Lord Rees debate the impact of policy on higher education.
Wednesday 12th December
Universities Minister David Willetts has inherited and instituted a series of reforms to make higher education fiscally sustainable and institutions more accountable. The aim is to enable British universities to survive and compete in the future, to lead on research and teaching and to do so despite the grave economic and fiscal constraints faced by this country.
However, many of the country's leading academics and scholars are
concerned at the direction of present policy. The leading position of our institutions has rested on the very freedoms now being threatened at a time when rivals, in the US or emerging economies, suffer no such constraints
On Wednesday 12th December, David Willetts debated the issues at Politeia with Martin Rees, FRS, OM, Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics.
As the Education Secretary prepared to introduce a new school curriculum, Politeia published the second in its new Curriculum
Series, with proposals for primary mathematics and an outline curriculum for teachers.
On Thursday 29th November Professor David Burghes,* the author, discussed the problems with the present system, considered the draft proposals on which the DfE is consulting, and suggested how these might go further in 'raising the bar' for teachers and their pupils in primary schools. While welcoming some of the official proposals, he warned that if this country is to make progress in mathematics, it will not only need to find more mathematically educated and competent teachers, but learn the lessons from a number of mathematically high performing countries.
Politeia's 2012-13 Economics Series, Recovery and Growth, considers some of the principles which will guide recovery in the UK and overseas. Levels of public spending, regulatory burdens on business and taxes must all be reduced if the UK is to return to prosperity.
The next speakers in the series will be:
Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise
Prof Sir Gregory Winter, Master, Trinity College, Cambridge and founder, Domantis
Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee
Look out for further details which will be posted on this site in the coming weeks.
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP delivers Politeia's Autumn Address.
23rd October 2012
Michael Gove MP, the Education Secretary, spoke before a packed house at the St Stephen's Club, delivering a wide-ranging speech on his vision for the future of education policy.
The text of the speech can be read here.
A selection of press coverage can be read here.