Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

Curriculum reform

What has changed?

  • A review of the National Curriculum was announced on 20 January 2011. The National Curriculum Key Stages 1-4 then underwent a period of review and reform. The new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014. An over view of the National Curriculum Review can be found in a Commons Library Standard Note.
  • The new National Curriculum aims to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
  • It has increased the expectations for all children and young people.
  • There is a need for significant investment in teacher education and professional development.

How was ACME engaged?

ACME has engaged by responding formally to consultations and engaging directly with the Department for Education, both in person and via correspondence. ACME worked closely with the mathematics education community.

In March 2014, ACME convened a round table, Implementing the new National Curriculum'. Experts from the mathematics education community identified the measures that needed to be undertaken to ensure successful implementation of the new curriculum.

 Timeline of ACME engagement

ArrowMay 2006: ACME published a position paper on the future of primary mathematics, outlining key issues for the future of primary mathematics learning and teaching.

June 2008: ACME responded to Sir Peter William's report on primary mathematics, supporting the recommendation for a maths specialist in every primary school.

September 2008: ACME published a discussion paper for the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum.

April 2009: ACME responded to the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum.

August 2009: ACME responded to the QCDA Consultation on Primary Curriculum.

April 2011: ACME responded to the Call for Evidence of the 2011 National Curriculum review using the Mathematical Needs for Learners report as a basis for many of the arguments made.

June 2011: ACME published a paper on primary arithmetic, following a discussion meeting held at the Royal Society. This identifies the arithmetical knowledge, skills and capabilities required by pupils by the end of primary school.

March 2012: ACME responded to the National Curriculum Review Expert Panel Report. Government response to this report can be seen here.

June 2012: The Department for Education asked ACME to gather views on the proposed Primary Mathematics National Curriculum. ACME, alongside NCETM, published a questionnaire and host e-seminars to gather views.

June 2012: ACME wrote to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, to raise concerns about the development process of the National Curriculum Review.

August 2012: ACME responded to the draft primary curriculum, informed by workshops, e-seminars and written consultation with the mathematics community.

November 2012: The Department for Education provided ACME with details of the experts who have now been tasked with reviewing the draft national curriculum for mathematics prior to the formal consultation in early 2013.

April 2013: ACME responded to the Department for Education National Curriculum Review. Responses from other STEM organisations are gathered here.

August 2013: ACME responded to the second formal consultation on the Key Stage 1-3 draft programmes of study.

October 2013: ACME responded to the Department for Education consultation on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for mathematics. In addition, ACME responds to the Department for Education consultation on primary assessment and accountability under the new national curriculum.

March 2014: ACME convened a round table on ' Implementing the new National Curriculum'.

 

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