On Wednesday 3rd February 2021, between 14.00 – 17.00, UCL Institute of Education will host a national online conference on the outcomes of the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) in England.
This conference offers the opportunity to explore the TIMSS 2019 findings and implications. It will include both presentations and panel discussions and will be of interest to researchers, policymakers, members of the teaching profession and those who want to know more about international testing.
The conference features Dr Mary Richardson and Dr Tina Isaacs from UCL, who co-wrote the national TIMSS report for England, Dr Grace Grima from Pearson (which led on the testing), Charlie Stripp from the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and Vanessa Kind, Professor of Education at Durham University and former chemistry teacher.
This year England’s pupils performed above most other countries, significantly improved in mathematics at year 5, but declined significantly in science at year 9. There were gender differences in attitudes toward mathematics and science (although no differences in average achievement by gender) and pupils at the lower end of the socio-economic scale performed less well than their more well-off peers. Conference contributors will explore the reasons behind these, and other, results and we look forward to you joining us.
Delegates are very welcome to join and leave at any point during the conference.
14.00 – 14.15: Welcome
14.15 – 15.00: Key findings from TIMSS
15.00 – 15.20: Panel Q&A
15.20 – 15.30: Break
15.30 – 15.50: The implications of TIMSS for England’s science curriculum and pedagogy
15.50 – 16.10: The implications of TIMSS for England mathematics curriculum and pedagogy
16.15 – 16.45: Panel – Open Q&A
16.45 – 17.00: Closing remarks, policy implications and next steps