ISDDE UK Meeting - May 2009

Design and development for science and mathematics education

ISDDE UK May 2009 was intended for all designers, researchers and curriculum leaders who feel affinity with the goals of the society. This meeting brought together outstanding designers, design project leaders and curriculum innovators, together with agencies which commission or support such work. The meeting took place on Tuesday 26th - Wendnesday 27th May, 2009 at the Nuffield Foundation in Bedford Square, London.

Summary reports on some of the presentations are now available - more will follow in the near future.

Many thanks to Angela, Maja and the others at Nuffield for making this event such a success, and to Sarah Codrington for producing the reports on the presentations.

Aims of this meeting

  • To improve communication between science and mathematics curriculum developers, with the purpose of informing each other of current and planned work and to explore potential partnerships and synergies.
  • To explore together two central themes for curriculum developers.
  • To raise awareness of the ISDDE membership, international conferences and electronic journal.

Themes for the meeting

  • Theme 1: How can educational design support assessment for learning and progression?
  • Theme 2: What effective models do we have for bringing about innovation in schools and colleges?


Issues of wider interest from current and planned curriculum projects
Angela Hall Nuffield Foundation Curriculum Programme
Claire Thomson Institute of Physics
Daniel Sandford Smith Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Christine Newton Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Hugh Burkhardt (and others) Shell Centre for Mathematical Education, University of Nottingham
Stella Dudzic & Roger Porkess MEI
Theme 1 How can educational design support assessment for learning and progression?
Paul Black Nuffield Foundation Introduction to theme 1
Geoff Wake University of Manchester Free Standing Maths Qualifications
Brenda Keogh & Jane Turner Millgate House Education Ltd. Concept cartoons
Tony Sherborne Sheffield Hallam University Upd8
Alice Onion Scholars consulting Graded Assessment in Mathematics Project
Tony Gardiner Birmingham University Extension Mathematics
Paul Black Nuffield Foundation Summing up theme 1
Theme 2 What effective models do we have for bringing about innovation in schools and colleges?
Diana Laurillard   Introduction to theme 2
Hugh Burkhardt, Rita Crust, Malcolm Swan Shell Centre for Mathematical Education Improving Learning in Mathematics
Ken Mannion Sheffield Hallam University IP
James Pitt Practical action The sustainable design award
Cris Edgell Nuffield Foundation STEM project
Linda LaVelle Plymouth University The Plymouth Express Model: putting the university into schools
Richard Needham National Network of Science Learning Centres Bringing contemporary science into schools
Jean Scrase Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme Models of departmental CPD
Diana Laurillard   Summing up theme 2
Hugh Burkhardt ISDDE Educational design as a discipline with a community



The International Society for Design and Development in Education was launched in 2005 with the goals of improving the design and development process, building a design community and increasing the impact of professional design expertise on educational practice (see ISDDE is chaired by Professor Hugh Burkhardt, University of Nottingham,

About the Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is an endowed charity set up by the late Lord Nuffield.

The aim of the Nuffield Foundation Curriculum Programme is to explore new approaches to teaching and learning by developing, managing and supporting curriculum projects.

Currently the Nuffield Foundation is developing a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning at key stage 3 based on the STEM subjects, and are setting off to rethink the Graded Assessment in Mathematics (GAIM) resources. In addition the Foundation is, among other things, revising the very successful Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology and Twenty First Century Science for GCSE courses in partnership with the University of York, and running websites providing information about practical work in school for non-specialist teachers of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.