MEI House of Lords Parliamentary Reception 2017

Posted: 10/03/2017

On 8 March 2017, MEI held a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords, kindly hosted by Lord Broers, FRS FMedSci FREng. The event was well-attended by a broad range of stakeholders with a keen interest in improving mathematics education.

Following a welcome by Lord Broers, speeches by MEI's Chief Executive, Charlie Stripp, and MEI’s Curriculum Programme, Stella Dudzic, highlighted MEI’s concerns for the future of post-16 mathematics education and called for the support of those gathered to help address them.

The key messages were:

  • The sustained growth in AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics entries has been a great success and we must ensure policies continue to support this, so that schools and colleges can maintain and continue that growth.
  • Greatly expanding Core Maths numbers must be a priority and long term plans and funding must be put in place to ensure this happens.
  • The current policy for GCSE Mathematics re-sit is not working and we must ensure better alternatives are available that meet the needs of students.
  • Teachers of mathematics are a vital resource.  They must be nurtured, and they must have an entitlement to professional development, so that they can provide the mathematics education our young people need and deserve.

MEI’s Chairman, Martin Reed, closed the event, thanking the guests for attending, and reinterring the request for support with this vital aspect of MEI’s work.

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