How ACME works
ACME has built its reputation since
2002 as an authoritative committee that provides credible and
coherent advice on mathematics education policy. ACME works
closely with various mathematical bodies, including the Joint Mathematical Council
of the UK (JMC), learned societies and professional bodies, as
well as the subject associations. Many of the projects take the
form of 'active dialogues' between ACME and the relevant bodies and
ACME is an expert committee that identifies and addresses
issues in mathematics education policy.
ACME undertakes evidence-informed analysis, harnessing and
reflecting the expertise of the mathematics community.
ACME provides authoritative
and considered advice on high-level, cross-cutting issues in
ACME influences policy directly
and by enabling constructive partnerships between the
Government and the mathematics community.
How does ACME provide advice?
ACME's policy work is balanced between four modes:
- Generating new agendas
- Anticipating emerging agendas
- Consolidating work strands, e.g. post-16
mathematics, professional development. The
agenda is set by ACME.
- Responding to existing and ongoing political and
policy agendas, informed by ACME's priorities.
ACME provides advice in a range of different ways, meeting with
stakeholders from the
Department for Education and its agencies, the
Department for Business and Innovation, parliamentarians and
representatives from the mathematics education community and the
ACME's outputs include:
ACME also convenes a
range of events, including meetings, round
tables and conferences for the mathematics education community.
These are used as a way of stimulating debate, as well as shaping
mathematics education policy advice.
Where is ACME based?
ACME is a Royal Society
committee and the ACME Secretariat is based within the Science Policy
team at the Royal Society.