The 2012 Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Science Leaders’ Conference has Achieving Excellence in Science in the New Educational Landscape as its theme.
We will be exploring what we mean by excellence through two themes: leading a science team and managing the curriculum, while placing these themes in the context of a changing educational landscape with new school structures and the review of the National Curriculum.
To start us thinking about what we mean by excellence, here are two videos to watch which describe contrasting systems of education.
The first explores the education system in Finland, consistently reported as one of the leading education systems in the world.
The second video describes a system of education at the other end of the economic spectrum, in which children teach themselves using the internet.
We think that both videos show aspects of excellence. But what do you think? What are the similarities and differences between the systems? What can we learn from them for our science teaching in England? Is there anything in these videos which you think we do better?
We are interested to hear your views both about these videos and about how we reach and maintain excellence in science teaching, so post a comment below in response to the videos and let us know what you think. The best comment will receive a free place at the conference.
The Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Science Leaders’ Conference takes place on 2 March 2012 at the National Science Learning Centre in York. For more information about the conference, and to book your place, visit www.slcs.ac.uk/go/yh/rslc.