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That sums up the image problem these subjects face. Well, look at a recent Ofsted report, into science teaching. It found some great examples of dedicated teachers - but also found some schools where - I quote: Not enough subject leaders analyse why pupils…either continue or stop studying science after Uninspiring teaching was one reason pupils gave…another was not seeing the purpose of what they were studying.
Leaders in schools…accepted the stereotypical choices that students made without asking questions. And listen to the respected Institute of Physics. In general, we find a woeful picture, with the majority of schools failing to counter whatever external factors drive school children to make such gendered choices.
So too often we allow pupils to lose interest, rather than stick with the course. We allow them to drift, rather than decide.
We let them drop maths and science. And other countries have much higher levels of participation and similar performance by girls and boys. So what do we need to do? I think there are 3 things. The value and potential of these subjects has to be more widely appreciated.
We need great teachers - encouraging and enthusing young people to reach their potential - challenging the stereotypes about maths and science. Your life Last Wednesday I launched the Your Life campaignwith the Chancellor, leading businesses and institutions.
Edwina Dunn, a successful businesswoman, is chairing it, leading a group of innovators in technology, engineering, finance and numerous other fields. The campaign treats young people as masters of their own destiny.
It targets students as decision makers about their own career. It is unashamedly aspirational: It pitches them as essential for success in any number of walks of life - because maths is turning our economy inside-out, and the chances of young people earning and living well are higher, if they have a maths qualification.
Sarah Wood, who runs a viral marketing agency. Or engineers like Roma Agrawal, who helped build the Shard.
And that breadth is equalled in the organisations supporting the campaign. Teaching is vital The second change we need - is inspiration.
Teachers are vital for getting students excited about their subjects, and encouraging them to take it up. As Ofsted note, the best teachers link the abstract and the concrete, and are able to explain why the subject is important. These teachers know the importance of practical work in inspiring students - how it can help students understand the content and develop their skills.
Of course, that gives heads a big role. They need to attract and develop teaching talent. The highest bursaries for teacher training are now in maths, chemistry and physics.
Last week, we announced a further programme: These are postgraduate specialists who will go into schools with particularly low progression rates from GCSE to A level maths and science.
These chairs will inject enthusiasm and expertise into the classroom, running master classes, online lesson demonstrations, linking the classroom to business and universities. The first will arrive in schools this autumn, and we eventually expect to expand to hundreds across the country.
They will drive up the quality of teaching, working with schools to share the best ideas for maths teaching - learning from the top-performing places like Singapore or Shanghai. They will link to the science learning centres and programmes like the Stimulating Physics Network - which offer support, materials and training for specific subjects.
And of course, all of this is in a context of a changed curriculum, where science subjects are more rigorous and rewarding. But we want to go further. New transparency measure We need evidence, too.Quia Web. Create your own educational games, quizzes, class Web pages, surveys, and much more!
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