Posted by: John Colby | Saturday May 3 2008

Invitation to speak

I have been invited to speak in June on the issues faced by universities over incoming students’ mathematical abilities. This is at what is certainly the most prestigious building I’ve ever spoken in public – Burlington House, in Piccadilly – at the Royal Society of Chemistry. The audience consists of members of the Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences network.

A previous blog post gives some of my concerns over the apparent decline in the pass marks for GCSE maths in this country, and naturally others share these worries. I’m extending this research into other subjects, English, Languages, Sciences, ICT, History, Geography in order to see just what is happening in schools. It’s all very well saying that pass rates are improving – but as I see it the pass marks are dropping at a faster rate.

Expect more rants on this subject as we get nearer the date



  1. Kudos to you for the speaking engagement. Look forward to hearing more about it.

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