CCEA represented at No. 10 Downing Street roundtable discussion
On Friday 11 August, Elaine Lennox, CCEA’s Science lead, attended a roundtable discussion, led by the UK Space Agency at No. 10 Downing Street on the theme of ‘Harnessing the Inspirational Nature of Space’. Elaine was joined by representatives from across the education sector, relevant Government bodies, members from the space industry and academia.
The UK Space Agency wanted to demonstrate how the topic of space can be more effectively covered in UK curricula as an inspirational context to demonstrate real-world applications and how government could better support this through funding and policy.
Myles Stacey OBE, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, chaired the meeting with the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State at the Department for Education, also in attendance.
Space is prescribed content on the CCEA Entry Level Science, GCSE Single Award Science, GCSE Double Award Science, GCSE Physics and GCE Physics qualifications. The flexibility within the NI Curriculum supports progression towards understanding and exploring core ideas related to the concept of space. As such, Elaine made the case for further support for teachers, including further advice and guidance on contemporary knowledge, skills development, and pedagogical strategies to make the topic of space more accessible, interesting, and relevant to learners.