Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME Appoints New Commmittee Members

07 July 2009

The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new committee members. Professor Anne Watson and Lynne McClure will both join the committee in 2010.

Commenting on the appointments, ACME Chair Professor Dame Julia Higgins FRS said: "I am absolutely delighted that Anne and Lynne will be joining the committee. Both bring enormous - yet different - expertise to the work of ACME and I am looking forward to the contribution they will make going forward as we tackle the mathematics education challenges of the coming years"

Anne and Lynne will be joining the committee as Peter Thomas and Laurie Jacques come towards the end of their periods of membership on ACME. Also confirmed is the extension of the membership of Professor Alice Rogers until March 2011.

For more information, please contact the ACME Head of Secretariat, Dr Nick Bowes on


Biographies of new members

Professor Anne Watson

Anne Watson is Professor of Mathematics Education at University of Oxford and a Fellow of Linacre College. She taught for 13 years in maintained secondary comprehensive schools with a high proportion of children from challenging environments. After that she became a teacher educator and researcher. Her main areas of interest are in the achievement of previously low attaining students in secondary schools, the mathematical knowledge of teachers, and in developing questioning and task design to enable all learners to understand difficult mathematical ideas. Her main teaching is PGCE Mathematics. She is a prolific author of research and professional articles and books, and is invited to teach and speak all over the world.

Lynne McClure

Lynne works with and for teachers and their students. She has taught mathematics and/or mathematics education in primary and secondary schools, and in further and higher education institutions. Currently living in Scotland, she combines being course leader at Edinburgh University with consulting to government departments, universities, local education authorities and numerous schools both here and abroad. She works with the NRICH project Cambridge and is a consultant with Beam Education. She sits on the councils of both the Mathematical Association (MA) and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) and edits the Primary Mathematics journal for the MA. Her research interest is in devising an appropriate curriculum for able young mathematicians and she has published several articles and books on the subject.

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