REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was last week (Monday, 26 May 2016) asked to chair a session of the Westminster Education Forum on the subject of reforming maths qualifications in England – GCSEs, A-levels, core maths and proposals to make post-16 maths compulsory.
Education has always been a very important area of the work carried out by Mrs Lumley and dates back from years before she became a Member of Parliament. She was formerly chair of governors at Vaynor First School, and is now chair of the Redditch West Schools Trust.
The education system both nationally and locally in Redditch has developed and changed considerably in recent years with the introduction of academies and free schools. Redditch has seen changes to the three-tier system of education and this area will continue to evolve and change as best practice helps to achieve the most desirable educational outcomes for young people.
The session Mrs Lumley chaired was in three parts: firstly the issue of compulsory maths provision and raising attainment, then a talk on assessment and the reformed qualifications, and then a session on A-level maths, discussing teaching, how to increase uptake and the impact of ‘core maths’.
Speakers included Mike Ellicock, chief executive of National Numeracy, Catherine Sezen, senior policy manager of 14-19 education at the Association of Colleges, and Jane Holloway, head of reform at Ofqual.
Speaking afterwards, Mrs Lumley said: “The seminar was fascinating, and to see the expertise in the room and the high quality of talks and discussions was a privilege.
“There was a great deal to be learned, and those present cared passionately about young people and the teaching of maths to future generations. I felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in this seminar, and like everyone present came away better informed and excited to learn more as this area progresses.”