Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

New ACME members

10 July 2012

Following an Open Call during the winter-spring 2012, three new members have been selected to serve on ACME. Richard Browne and Professor Andrew Noyes will start on 1st September 2012 and Jennie Pennant will start on 1st January 2013. More information about the new members can be found below:

Richard Browne, MEI Company Secretary

Richard Browne has a senior role at MEI, an independent curriculum development body.   He was a secondary mathematics teacher in Inner London from 1977, and a head of department from 1985 to 1989.  He then joined the School Examinations and Assessment Council, where he was responsible for mathematics qualifications and the early development of National Curriculum Assessment in mathematics.  Richard continued to work on the curriculum and qualifications at a national level for 17 years: during this time he chaired SCAA's Modularity Review Group, which led liaison between regulatory and awarding bodies at a critical time for the development of modular GCE examinations; was a member of the government's Numeracy Task Force, that designed the National Numeracy Strategy, in 1998 and 1999; and led the development of the 1999 version of the National Curriculum for Mathematics.  He left the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to join MEI in September 2006.  Richard is a member of the Mathematical Association and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Professor Andrew Noyes, School of Education, University of Nottingham

Andy Noyes is Professor of Education and Deputy Head of School. After ten years teaching mathematics in a secondary school in Nottingham he joined the University's teacher education team in 2001.  Since then he has led the PGCE course, the Masters in Learning and Teaching and most recently the Professional Doctorate in Education.  Andy has either directed, or been consultant to, a number of major research projects in mathematics education.  He is a member of the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education and has published on a range of topics in mathematics education and education research more generally. Andy is a member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Jennie Pennant Primary PD Coordinator NRICH and Director GrowLearning: releasing excellence in Leadership, Learning and Mathematics

Jennie has responsibility for the Professional Development element of the NRICH Primary work. She is passionate about empowering school professional learning communities to release their creativity, drive and vision to enable students to become successful learners of mathematics. Alongside her NRICH role Jennie is an independent mathematics leadership coach and consultant, having been the Professional Development Manager at BEAM for a number of years. She is a trained leadership coach and enjoys working with Heads, Senior Leaders and Maths Subject Leaders on realising their vision for mathematics in their school. She has wide experience in writing, teaching and advising on mathematics both in the UK and abroad and has taught in both primary and secondary schools. Her degree is in Mathematics. Jennie's research focus is on what constitutes effective CPD for teachers and she has a particular interest in the impact of specialist coaching. Jennie is the PD lead on the National Association of Mathematics Advisors Executive Committee and a member of the Joint Mathematics Council Primary PD committee. She is also a member of the ATM/MA Primary subcommittee and a Governor, with responsibility for mathematics, at a local Primary school.


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