Maths Memos

ACME conference, 12 July 2016


It is a great honour to chair the ACME conference on Tuesday 12 July, my first major event with ACME since I took on the role of Interim ACME Chair. The title of the conference is Influences and impact: policies for high-quality mathematics education. We hope to provide the opportunity to discuss in a constructive and forward-looking way the collaborative action needed to improve mathematics education for all.

We are delighted to welcome Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools to the Royal Society to give the opening plenary. A panel chaired by Dr Simon Gallacher (Nuffield Foundation) will look at some of the pressing policy issues in mathematics education. We are sure to hear fascinating discussions from panellists including Dan Abramson (King's College London Mathematics School), Claire Dockar (College of Teaching), Professor Terezinha Nunes (University of Oxford) and Professor Adrian Smith FRS (University of London).

Please get in touch by email or on Twitter using @ACMEmaths if you have questions for our panellists. Questions submitted so far cover the post-16 mathematics review, changes to the mathematics curriculum, education research, teacher supply and more.

We also have a great range of workshops led by ACME members, covering initial teacher education, professional development, mathematics to 18 and primary assessment. You may want to get up to speed on these issues before the conference and our Maths Snapshots are a great place to start!

Dr Vicky Neale (University of Oxford) will round off the day with an engaging mathematics keynote on prime numbers, which will remind us of why mathematics is so important to all young people.

I look forward to meeting many of you there. Do sign up if you haven't already. If you cannot make it on the day, a conference report will be published. The 2015 conference Mathematically Thinking, at which I gave the opening speech, was a really insightful day and this conference looks set to be equally engaging. The conference report will give you a flavour of the day.

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