HE STEM Achieving Curriculum Coherence


HE STEM Support for University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

A series of seminars and colloquia by The Royal Academy of Engineering and the HE STEM Programme

A national colloquium on 14-19 engineering education

Achieving curriculum coherence: project and problem based learning and assessment

May 28th 2012 - 10:30am - 3:30pm

Programme - Sir Kirby Laing Room

10.00 am - Arrival and coffee

10.30am - Welcome

Les Jones Seminar + Colloquium Series Project Leader and Professor Matthew Harrison, Director, Education, The Royal Academy of Engineering

10.40 am - Achieving curriculum coherence: constructive alignment of assessment criteria within project and problem based learning approaches to 14-19 engineering education

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director, Education The Royal Academy of Engineering, London

11.25 am - Mapping Assessment Criteria for the Principal Learning in Engineering against professional engineering competences

Dominic Nolan Manager, STEM Curricula The Royal Academy of Engineering

12.10 pm - Achieving and sustaining deep employer engagement in teaching and learning

Richard Earp Education and Skills Manager, National Grid.

1.00 pm - Lunch and networking

1.30 pm - Examining Groups

Dianne Gomery, Strategic Partnership Manager, Pearson
Mike Deacon Principal Standards Verifier for Engineering, Pearson
Bryan Williams. Chair of Examiners for Engineering AQA
Allan Macdonald Product Specialist, EAL
Geoff Holden, Senior Policy Advisor City and Guilds

3.00 pm - Achieving Coherence: Final Discussion of day and next steps

David Harbourne Baker-Dearing Educational Trust, Les Jones Royal Academy of Engineering.

3.30 pm - Tea and Departure

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Les Jones Professor Matthew Harrison Dianne Gomery Mike Deacon Geoff Holden

Speaker Biographies

Dianne GomeryDianne Gomery

Dianne is Pearsonís Strategic Partnership Manager working with emerging schools and school groups e.g. the University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools. She has gained a wealth of education experience in her numerous Pearson roles and has previously held the posts of Academy Project Manager, Edexcelís National Manager Functional Skills, Trident North Manager (Work Experience) and Curriculum Development Manager.† Dianne has over thirty years experience of working in education, as a Lecturer in Further and Higher Education, as a Curriculum Manager with responsibility for Quality Assurance and as a Dissertation Supervisor. She has an abiding interest in Curriculum Modelling and Assessment - particularly in the range of assessment methods employed to capture learnersí skills both during their learning process and the evidence they present.† Dianne was a Secondary School Governor for six years and her ongoing interest centres upon 14-19 Vocational Education.

David HarbourneDavid Harbourne

David Harbourne is Director of Policy and Research at the Edge Foundation, which champions technical, practical and vocational education. He is also Senior Education Adviser to the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which is helping to build a new network of University Technical Colleges throughout England.† David started his career in the civil service. He was later Director of the National Association of Master Bakers, Chief Executive of the Hospitality Training Foundation and Executive Director of North Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council.

Professor Matthew Harrison?????????Professor Matthew Harrison

Director of Education, The Royal Academy of Engineering

Matthew Harrison is a chartered engineer, an academic, an experienced leader of 14-19 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and†is Director of Education at The Royal Academy of Engineering.

He leads, on behalf of The Royal Academy of Engineering:

  • The engineering component of the LSIS STEM Programme, the national programme for subject-specific professional development for STEM teachers in the FE & Skills sector.
  • The engineering component of the HEFCE / HEFCW STEM Programme which strengthens teaching and learning in STEM subjects taught in universities in England and Wales.
  • The BIS-funded FE Data Project which is mapping out STEM provision in the FE & Skills system for the first time.
  • The Baker-Dearing Educational Trust work on technical curriculum options for 14-19 University Technical Colleges

Matthew has led the London Engineering Project in its work to widen participation in engineering higher education in the Capital since 2005. He was Chair of the Southwark & Lambeth Engineering Diploma Partnership for three years and now chairs the National Committee for 14-19 Engineering Education. He is Secretary to the Technician Council and a founding member of Education for Engineering. He is a member of a number of scientific advisory committees, including those at the universities of Southampton, Loughborough and London.

Matthew maintains a teaching and student supervision load at Cranfield University and has recently been appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education. He is a regular commentator on STEM education in the media as well as a regular contributor to STEM education conferences in the UK and overseas.

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Geoff HoldenGeoff Holden

Senior Policy Advisor City & Guilds

Iíve spent most of my working life in education and after a number of years teaching in England and Europe joined City & Guilds in 2000.

I started out in assessment, working on engineering and motor vehicle qualifications. I then moved on to qualification development- mainly in the same fields.

I worked on the development of all the Diplomas, sitting as one of the awarding body representatives on the QCA committee which oversaw the work of the DDPs and was asked to join the Diploma Curriculum Advisory Group to support their introduction. More recently I joined the Nation Policy team where my role involves working with stakeholders, regulators and the Departments of Education and Business. I am currently working on the redesign of our 14-19 portfolio to support our wider progression strategy.

Les JonesLes Jones

Les is an experienced head teacher and scientist. His teaching covered eight secondary schools in the state and independent sectors. In Cheshire, in 1999, he founded a new 11-18 community school which became one of the first specialist schools of Engineering in England and he secured the same status in his second headship in Tyne and Wear six years later. During this time he was Chair of the National Engineering Head Teachersí Steering Group and South Tyneside Secondary Headsí Association. Uniquely, he has overseen the building of three new schools including the BSF/PFI Wave 1 exemplar scheme. He was a founding member of the Engineering Diploma Development Partnership and The Royal Academy of Engineeringís National Committee for Engineering Education.

He founded Solutions 4 Schools Ltd. and The Engineering Company (Europe) Ltd. in 2009. †Both support Engineering and Education development. Current projects and involvement in the UK include The Royal Academy of Engineering, Cambridge University, several English specialist schools of Engineering and UTCs. Europe-wide, he has advised the state education department of Hamburg, several Gymnasia in the same region and The Technical University in Harburg, Hamburg. In Italy he has developed a programme for Engineering students in Venice and he is an adviser to politicians, head teachers and schools in Naples and Sorrento in the south. He works with several Liceo, specialist art, science and hospitality and catering schools and a TV Company in the region. He is primarily based in North Yorkshire.

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