Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

Paper on Primary Arithmetic

13 June 2011

In response to concerns in the mathematics education community about emerging policy regarding primary arithmetic, a meeting was held by ACME at the Royal Society for knowledgeable, influential and experienced people from primary mathematics education. The aim was to identify the arithmetical knowledge, skills and capabilities required by pupils by the end of primary school to be ready for mathematics in secondary school and outside. In other words, to identify what knowledge provides the basis for all other arithmetic without which students cannot make any progress in mathematics and mathematics-dependent activities. A paper based on the discussions at this seminar was then produced by ACME.

The Chair and a member of ACME met with Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, on Monday 6 June to discuss Primary Arithmetic.

ACME paper on Primary Arithmetic

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