Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME comments on new maths academy for teachers

06 October 2005

With the announcement of the successful tender for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) today (Thursday 6 October 2005) Colin Matthews of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) said:

"The National Centre is a real milestone. It is the first time that we will have a single body that will celebrate successes in maths education and provide leadership and vision by bringing together, commissioning and disseminating research into good mathematics teaching practice. This centre is in line with ACMEs original recommendation of a national academy to coordinate high quality, locally available Continuing Professional Development for maths teachers.

"And with many changes in the maths curricula set to be rolled out over the next few years the establishment of the centre is extremely timely and should help to smooth the introduction of, for example, the teaching of functional mathematics and the new two tier GCSE.

"The challenge for the NCETM will be to ensure there is a consistently high quality of mathematics teaching in our schools and Further Education colleges by coordinating, at a strategic level, the current diverse approaches to mathematics Continuing Professional Development. If the NCETM is successful in this, the quality of mathematics education for young people in England can only improve and this should result in higher levels of attainment."

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