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 …[read more]

## Maths Memos

## Archive for tag: Math

## Farewell from Steve

**Professor Steve Sparks give his reflections on his term
as Chair of ACME.**

In this post I reflect on my time as Chair of ACME over the last three years. I started in February 2012 at a time of frenetic educational reform. I was initially told that the mathematics community needed to present a cohesive voice on mathematics education policy and this had been one of the main reasons for ACME being set up in 2002. I found, in fact, that the community was suppor…[read more]

## ACME Conference

### Are you interested in mathematics education policy issues? Do you want to discuss them with the great and the good?

ACME is holding its conference on **9 July
2015**. The theme of this year's conference is
'Mathematically Thinking'. During the conference delegates
will be encouraged to discuss the policy changes needed in the next
5 years.

The…[read more]

## The implementation of the 2014 English National Curriculum

ACME members Sue Gifford and Jennie Pennant reflect on the mathematics curriculum landscape as discussed in ACME's 'Maths Snapshot', '…[read more]

## Maths for all to 18

**ACME member Richard Browne reflects on some of the
key issues in the post-16 mathematics landscape as discussed
in ACME's 'Maths Snapshot', 'Maths for
all to 18'.**

It is not long since discussions about the importance of all students studying mathematics post-16 could be ended by …[read more]

## International comparisons and maths education

As a geologist, I have been lucky to travel to countries all over the globe. Seeing what is being done elsewhere, experiencing different cultures and learning new approaches always offers opportunities to learn. This is no different in education. Politicians and the media frequently compare what is happening in other countries with what is happening in England. Indeed, in recent years England's mathematics performance has often been portrayed as below par and it is compared with cou…[read more]

## Early years mathematics: how to create a nation of mathematics lovers?

If we want to create more positive attitudes and higher achievement in mathematics, what better place to start than in the early years?

This was the thinking of the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy, which has recently produced their recommendations for …[read more]

## Apply now to join the ACME Outer Circle!

I am delighted to announce that the 2014 Open Call for Outer Circle members is now open.

You might already know that the Outer Circle is made up 36 individuals who help the members of the Committee in developing policy advice on a range of issues across all phases of mathematics education, from early ye…[read more]

## The forgotten 16 year olds

**Sybil Cock, former ACME member, opens a discussion
about Level 2 qualifications. She is of the view that GCSE
Mathematics is not suitable for all students and she shares her
personal views about a different type of qualification that might
be needed for those taking GCSE Mathematics post-16.**

Government reforms have focussed on A levels, and the very welcome …[read more]

## There's a lot happening on A level

**The summer has been (and still is) a busy time for the A
level reform. In the final run up to the A level results on
Thursday we reflect on what's been happening with regard
to maths and further maths A level.**

**ALCAB**

The A level Content Advisory
Board (ALCAB) was established in 2013 by the Russell Group
universities to provide advice on t…[read more]

## Maths Hubs and professional development for all teachers of mathematics

This month government announced the creation of over 30 Maths Hubs across the country. This new initiative is designed to enable schools to support each other to share and develop good practice in mathematics learning and teaching across all schools in their locality. Each Maths Hub is co-ordinated by a lead school. To be selected this school had to go through a high…[read more]

## ACME's blueprint for mathematics education

**Today the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education
(ACME) launches 'A
blueprint for mathematics education'.**

**Our blueprint draws together principles on
mathematics educatio…[read more]**

**
20 May 2014
by Niall MacKay
08 May 2014
by Niall MacKay
29 April 2014
by Robert Barbour
14 April 2014
by Niall MacKay
09 April 2014
by Steve Sparks
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## Mathematics and Problem-solving (III)

**Niall MacKay's third post in his mathematics and
problem-solving series**

It is part of a declinist narrative with a long history to argue that English education is going to hell in a handcart. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results in mathematics are actually rather unexceptional, especially once one has understood that PISA's …[read more]

## Mathematics and Problem-solving (II)

**Niall MacKay shares some further thoughts on
problem-solving...**

In a previous post I talked about process versus facts in the learning of mathematics, and about problem-solving. What I had in mind there was principally problem-solving in pure mathematics, which together with theorem-proving form the systole and diastole of the subject (see …[read more]

## Visiting HoDoMS

HoDoMS is a strange set of initials! It stands for a group representing the heads of mathematical sciences departments in UK universities. Each year the group has a two-day Easter meeting in Birmingham. The group was keen for an update on developments in school mathematics. This group is acutely aware that what happens in school, especially at A-level, will have a major impact on recruitment to their courses, and indeed on the quality of those…[read more]

## Mathematics and Problem-solving

I had a moment of revelation reading Toby Young's pamphlet the other day. I'm sure there are people queuing up to call it simplistic, but it occurred to me that his views are especially dangerously so for mathematics.

His unashamedly Gradgrindian position is that there can be no worthwhile learning of higher thought processes-argument, analysis, abstrac…[read more]

## Mathematics on my mind

I would like to share my last week in March where mathematics came up every day. I adopt a diary format.

*Sunday*. Spent a couple of hours helping my 35-year old
older son with his maths A level. He is working full time, did not
take A level Maths at school and wants a career change. As he works
full time, he is taking modules. As Chair of ACME I wonder how easy
it will be in the future for adult learners when A levels become
linearised with end of course exams? Sett…[read more]

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