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Science and Innovation Investment Framework

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in implementing the proposals contained within the Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-14: Next Steps; and if he will make a statement. (91329)

We are making good progress towards implementing the commitments. The consultation document “The reform of higher education research assessment and funding” was published on 13 June. We are working with partners such as the Training and Development Agency for Schools, and Science Learning Centres to deliver a range of other commitments. For example, we have commissioned the Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics Network (SETNET) to recruit an extra 6,000 science engineering ambassadors by 2007-08. We have also remitted the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to advise on improving the use of current pay flexibilities and incentives to improve the recruitment, retention and quality of science teachers; and on whether science teachers should receive an incentive to encourage them to complete physics and chemistry enhancement CPD leading to an accredited qualification.