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New and continuing perspectives - a Vice Chancellors view Professor Les Ebdon CBE, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive University of Bedfordshire.

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1 New and continuing perspectives - a Vice Chancellors 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 Peoples 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 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 UKs 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 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


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