Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

ACME conference 2016

20 July 2016

Influences and impact: policies for high-quality mathematics education

The 2016 ACME conference, 'Influences and impact: policies for high-quality mathematics education' was held on Tuesday 12 July.

The event was attended by 150 delegates made up of classroom teachers and senior leaders, academics in mathematics education, policy makers, representatives from industry and others with an interest in mathematical education.

There was a policy keynote with a number of announcements (see below) from Nick Gibb MP, Minister for Schools, and a mathematics keynote from Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the University of Oxford. Delegates had the chance to directly feed into ACME's work during workshop sessions led by ACME members and through questions submitted to the Question-Time style panel.

The agenda from the day is available here.

A report from the conference is being prepared, summarising the key messages from the keynotes, panel session and workshops. It will be available on the website in the coming weeks.

For more infomation about the day, please visit the events page here.

ACME website

DfE announcements included:

  • £41 million to support more than 8,000 primary schools to adopt the mastery approach to mathematics teaching. The funding will be first used to enable an initial 700 teachers to be trained, plus funding for textbooks and teacher release;
  • A 2 year extension of the Shanghai-England mathematics teacher exchange programme, following publication of the interim report from the Department for Education which evaluates the first year of the programme;
  • The terms of reference for a review into the feasibility of compulsory maths study for all pupils up to 18, which was announced in March and will be undertaken by Professor Sir Adrian Smith;
  • The launch of tender for a new National Mathematics Education Centre ;
  • The publication of four new reports that follow the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training published last year, written by four different expert panels.

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