Statistics across the curriculum: are we preparing young people for the data revolution?

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Monday 04 July 2016, 01:00pm - 04:30pm

Location The Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX

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This half-day event shares updates and perspectives on the importance of continued embedding of quantitative and statistical education in secondary schools and colleges, on what is required for effective implementation, and aims to identify opportunities and threats for growing participation in education that improves quantitative skills pre- and post-16. Participants will consider the position of statistics and quantitative skills across school subjects including science subjects, social science subjects, geography, computer science, and maths, with plenty of scope for identifying cross-curricular issues.

To open the discussion, we will set out the policy context of reforms to subject content and qualifications in England. We will then invite views on how to better embed realistic, high quality statistical learning in relevant subject contexts. Speakers will provide updates on initiatives to support teaching of quantitative skills, and will discuss opportunities for this.

Outline agenda and speakers

Chair: Neil Sheldon, Vice President – Education and Statistical Literacy, The Royal Statistical Society

Lunch: 1pm

1.    Policy context: statistics in England’s new qualification landscape 

  • Paul Glaister, Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, University of Reading
  • Andy Noyes, Professor of Education and Head of School, University of Nottingham
  • Alison Tonkin, Senior Officer – Standards, Ofqual

2.    Breakout session

3.    Implementing change: statistics across subjects

  • Chair: Simon Gallacher, Senior Consultant, The Nuffield Foundation
  • Marianne Cutler, Director of Curriculum Innovation, the Association for Science Education
  • Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, The Royal Geographical Society
  • Kathleen Maitland, Senior Lecturer in Computing, Birmingham City University
  • Mick Blaylock, Head of the Core Maths Support Programme
  • Sharon Witherspoon, Acting Head of Policy, the Academy for Social Sciences

The event is free of charge, but we require your registration by Thursday 30th June. To register please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and affiliation.

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