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Innovation – the centre of corporate strategiese
Lord Sainsbury, UK Minister for Science and Innovation
British Innovations
On the road again
Christopher Macgowan, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Fossil Fuels – An Energy source for the Future
Greg Lewin, President, Shell Global Solutions
Chain of success
Kenny McKay, Director, and Will Wright, Manager, Restructuring practice at KPMG
Innovation and the Patent Office
Lawrence Smith-Higgins, Head of Awareness Information & Media The UK Patent Office
Benefits of association
Dr Michael Moore, CEO, PIramed Ltd
Innovation and strength in the UK biotech sector
Aisling Burnand, Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association
Simfonec: Helping make good research BIG business
Heron Evidence Development: Successful deal of missed opportunity
Springwell Ltd: Match-maker for Innovative Technologies
Korn/Ferry International: Pharmaceutical companies desire to break the mould
A quality core interface
Dominique Kleyn head of BioPharma Business Development, Imperial College London
Evolutec Group: Creating a range of commercial options
Moving forward
Dr Ceri Williams, Senior Manager, Science and Innovation at Yorkshire Forward and Dr Danielle Hankin, Bioscience Cluster Manager
Oxitech: Revolutionising SIT Programmes
Oxford Expression Technologies: Meeting the needs of the post-genomic era
Business Services
Innovating business related services
Norma Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association
BT: Innovation Strategy and Innovation Continuum
UK Film Council: How the UK wins in the international film industry?
On the defence
Major General Alan Sharman CBE, Director General, Defence Manufacturers Association
ProEtch: Precision parts of quality
Wallop Defence Systems: Aircraft Countermeasures and the Dual Spectral Threat
Education, Education, Education
Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills
Applied Sciences at Wolverhampton - Innovation in Higher Education Professor Trevor Hocking, Associate Dean, International Development
Wind energy
Marus Rand, Chief Executive, British Wind Energy Association
Vital energy
Ian Leitch, Commercial Director, Energy Industries Council
Waterman Group: Solutions to solve climate control legislation
Winning the war against germs
Dr Ron Mitchell, Managing Director, GB Environmental
Show me the money! Funding for innovation – who can help?
UK: Innovation Nation?
Launching the “Innovation Nation?” initiative
Innovation in the 21st Century
Gemma Harman, Director of Strategy & Media, BT Chief Technology Office
UK Manufacturing - a driving force for innovation
Andrew Manly, Director General, Manufacturing Technologies Association
Waterman Group: Single project model 3D
Renishaw: Achieving global manufacturing competitiveness in the UK
Yorkshire Forward
The European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
Del Stark, Chief Executive, European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
University research drives a new wave of innovation
Omar Cheema, Nanotechnology Business Development, Imperial College London
Oxford Instruments: Enabling nanoscience and nanotechnology
Semefab (Scotland): A real driver of change
Metal Nanopowders: New products that meet your needs
Regional Development
London Development Agency: One jump ahead
91Advantage West Midlands: At the heart of it all 95


Education, Education, Education

Innovation in industry starts with well-educated young people who grow into a highly skilled workforce. Education and training in the UK provide young people with the knowledge skills, work skills and creativity to achieve their full potential. Education creates opportunity, releases potential and achieves excellence, which also benefits and serves the needs of both UK and international organisations.

Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills

Ruth Kelly

We have a clear purpose in our reform of the education sector ? a comprehensive, high-quality education system which will help each and every child fulfil their potential. Gone is the era when whole generations missed out on an education because they were too poor, disengaged or felt they weren?t able to achieve. Our great achievement has been to reinvigorate education and improve the life chances of every child born in Britain.

The challenge for all of us is now is to continue to create a comprehensive and tailored education system within schools, colleges, universities and through vocational learning for every young person. Importantly, we are talking about a system which educates children from the ages of three to 19, making the most of those early years and instilling a real love for learning throughout people?s lives.

We can?t do it alone, and it is the enthusiasm and support from every teacher, every parent and student who shares our aim which keeps us focused on the end goal. Improving education for everyone taps into a wealth of ambition and purpose which will shape our country?s future.

Challenges ahead ? future funding

Our reform of the education sector is radical, because it has to be. Yesterday?s education system is simply not suited to today?s world. But our reform is underpinned by serious investment. By 2007/8 we will have school funding at twice the level it was in 1997. Crucially there are now more teachers in schools than at any point in the last 20 years ? 35,000 more than in 1997 and 130,000 new support staff.

We know that to keep improving, school leaders need to review their use of resources which will include thinking creatively about how they organise their schools; the school day and lessons; how best to take advantage of advances in By focusing on improving the basics we have seen what Ofsted has described as a ?transformation? of literacy standards in primary schools. This is because of our teachers, who have led the charge towards renewed professionalism and striving to provide the best education possible.

Setting high standards

Now is the time to be relentless about driving up standards ? and not resting on our laurels. But make no mistake, creating the best education system in the world This is because we believe that pupils should be at the heart of the education system. Every child should have the chance to achieve the best they can, whatever their talents or background, and their education should be tailored to their individual needs, interests and aptitudes. That?s good for children, good for parents, good for schools and good for future of our country.

One of the biggest changes we want is to ensure that all our young people stay in education or training until the age of 18. We all have a role to play in achieving this ? to make education relevant, purposeful and fulfilling for each pupil.

At the moment, 16 is the age when pupils decide to stay on or drop out. I want the expectation to be that people continue in education, effectively raising the school leaving age to 18.

Tackling bad behaviour

One of the biggest hurdles we have faced is behaviour. We have adopted a zero tolerance approach to poor discipline and it?s working. Teachers and other pupils should not have to put up with constant disruption in the classroom ? it undermines everything we?ve worked hard to achieve. There are many victims of bad behaviour and we have taken this issue very seriously. We want to give head teachers all the tools they need to make the right decisions and for parents to take their responsibilities seriously.

Together we can push bad behaviour out of schools ? and we are always welcoming new ideas of how to tackle bad behaviour. In many ways it is an exciting area where new and innovative methods are yielding real results. We will champion those examples to ensure that bad behaviour cannot remain the bad egg of our education system.

Every child should have the chance to achieve the best they can, whatever their talents or background

Here to stay

Finally, our reforms aren?t just about change for change sake. We have real purpose. Fixing what could be better doesn?t mean throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We are already getting some things right. We have listened to parents and employers. We know they have faith in performance tables and external examinations, for example, and we will be retaining them within the educational system. And I want to say clearly that GCSEs and A levels are definitely here to stay. They are what parents and employers want. They are tried and trusted. Far from diluting GCSEs and A levels we will strengthen them and getting top grades will challenge our most able children.

Getting the basics right, raising standards, creating opportunities, keeping children at school, creating real vocational options, and stretching the most able, will give us an education system that offers real opportunity to every child. That?s my priority. And I believe that working together with pupils, parents, teachers and industry means we can make it happen ? and make school days the best foundation for life and the world of work.

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