Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

Speakers and Panellists

Professor Alex Halliday, Physical Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society is Interim Chair of ACME. He chaired the conference.

ACME members facilitated workshops throughout the conference.

  1. Moving towards a long-term strategic plan for Initial Teacher Education of teachers of mathematics (Dr Sue Gifford and Professor Jeremy Hodgen)
  2. Realising the aims of the National Curriculum in primary assessment (Anne White)
  3. The professional development learning journeys of teachers of mathematics (Robert Barbour)
  4. Mathematics for all to 18? (Dr Mary McAlinden)

Political Keynote Speaker

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools

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Nick Gibb was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in 1997. Nick went to school in Maidstone, Leeds and Wakefield before going on to study law at Durham University. He was formerly a chartered accountant specialising in corporate taxation with KPMG. He served as Shadow Minister for Schools from 2005 to 2010 and as Minister of State for Schools from May 2010 to September 2012.

Question Time Panel

Chaired by Simon Gallacher, Senior Consultant, The Nuffield Foundation and Principal Lecturer, University of Roehampton


Simon Gallacher is a Senior Consultant working with the Nuffield Foundation. Although beginning life as a chemist, since 1992 Simon has immersed himself in the world of education research and policy, working for (amongst other) the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), the Wellcome Trust, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and Teach First. Simon has long-standing interests in the use of data in education research from his early value-added days with the Centre for Evaluation and monitoring (CEM) and also in the development of science and mathematics teachers (as part of the Royal Society 'Vision' project). At the Nuffield Foundation, amongst other projects, he has been conducting a review of the £19.5m Q-Step Programme as it enters its third full year of operation and will be working on a paper on post-16 mathematics in England across in the next few months.


Dan Abramson, Head of King's College London Mathematics School

Dan Abramson

Dan Abramson is the founding Head Teacher at King's College London Mathematics School, which is for students aged 16-19 with a particular aptitude and enthusiasm for mathematics. The school opened in September 2014 and its first cohort have just completed A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Dan studied mathematics at Cambridge University and was Head of Mathematics at Highgate School, where he gained a reputation for curriculum development, for training teachers and as a champion of challenging mathematical opportunities for bright children from all backgrounds.

Lynne McClure, Director, Cambridge Mathematics


Lynne chaired the teams advising ministers on the content of the new English National Curriculum. She was a member of ACME from 2009 to 2013 and remains on the Outer Circle. Lynne is a Chartered Maths Teacher and an invited Fellow of the IMA. She was delighted to be the President of the Mathematical Association in 2014/15, and takes up the position of Chair of ISDDE in 2017.

Lynne's previous role was Director of the prestigious NRICH project (, based in the University's Centre for Mathematical Sciences. She retains links there as she remains PI on the new DfE-funded UndergroundMaths  (, an innovative A-level project. Her current role is as Director of the new Cambridge Mathematics project (

Professor Terezinha Nunes, Professor of Educational Studies, University of Oxford

Terezinha Nunes Professor Terezinha Nunes investigates how children learn mathematics in and out of school. Her work on "street mathematics" in Brazil uncovered many features of children's and adults' informal knowledge, and her subsequent work in the UK investigates how this informal knowledge can be used in education. With her research team, she developed many mathematical interventions under the umbrella of the research programme Reasoning First.

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London

Adrian smith From 1 September 2012 Professor Smith was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.  He was previously Director General, Knowledge and Innovation in BIS. Professor Smith is a past President of the Royal Statistical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to statistics. He is Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority and was appointed Chair of the Board of the Diamond Synchrotron at Harwell in August 2014.

Mathematics Keynote Speaker

Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at Mathematical Institute and Balliol College, University of Oxford

Vicky Neale Dr Vicky Neale is the Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College, University of Oxford. Her role combines teaching undergraduates with work on public engagement with mathematics. She has been a guest on several BBC Radio 4 programmes, and regularly gives talks and workshops in schools around the country and at summer schools for high achieving teenagers.

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