Call for Views

The Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy of Science, is undertaking an ambitious new project to set out an evidence-based vision for a future world-class, high-performing 5–19 education system, particularly with respect to science and mathematics.

Using international comparisons, the ‘Vision for science and mathematics education 5-19’ project will help ensure the UK has a scientifically and mathematically literate population as well as sufficient numbers of scientists and mathematicians to help solve the many challenges the world will face in the coming decades. It will take a fresh approach to tackling concerns widely held or expressed by governments, employers and the science and mathematics communities about the UK’s future economic competitiveness and individuals’ future prospects.

Five specific areas for inquiry have been identified, all of which are essential considerations for establishing and sustaining a high-performing and well-respected science and mathematics education system:

• teachers (and the wider workforce);
• leadership and ethos;
• skills, curriculum and assessment;
• infrastructure;
• accountability.

This Call for Views covers each of these areas. We would welcome views and evidence from all organisations and individuals, particularly from those with educational expertise and an especial interest in improving science and mathematics education. We want to know what needs to be done to help ensure that all young people have an inspiring introduction to science and mathematics, and that those who wish to pursue these subjects further are enabled to do so.

Please send us your submissions to this Call for Views by Friday 16 March 2012 at the latest to: . We would particularly welcome any robust data or other evidence to support your views about improving the science and mathematics aspects of the education system and would be grateful if you would reference this fully so that it can be followed up.

Notes for completing the Call for Views

1. Please do not feel a need to answer every question.
2. Where appropriate, please cross-reference your responses.
3. Personal information will be treated as confidential and will only be used for the purposes of the Call for Views.
4. Submissions, or extracts from them, may be published on our website or in other outputs we publish. Please inform us if you do not want to be identified in anything we publish or highlight clearly any particular aspects of your submission that you would wish to be anonymised.
5. If you are submitting a response on behalf of an organisation, please make this clear and include details of the relevant person to contact should we wish to discuss issues raised in your submission.

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