Initial teacher education
What has ACME done on initial teacher education
In November 2015 ACME published its report,
Beginning teaching: best in class?. In this report, ACME urges
for the articulation of a shared standard for the ITE of
teachers of mathematics and asks the community to work together on
this. Without this shared understanding of what high-quality ITE
looks like, ACME argues, the issues of recruitment and
retention will not be resolved.
In the report, ACME argues that no matter what route into
ITE is followed, more consistency is needed in ITE
provision, for example in terms of entry qualifications, the
mathematics-specific training required and the critical evaluation
skills. ACME also notes the importance given to subject-specific
mentoring in other countries and in the linkages developed between
ITE and professional development and calls for more consistency
across courses on these issues too.
Although the focus of the report is on high-quality ITE, ACME
also identifies some challenges that are faced, including the
recruitment, retention and professional development of teachers.
ACME identifies some of the elements that could form part of a
comprehensive plan to secure the future supply and high-quality ITE
of teachers of mathematics.
A number of activities were undertaken to inform the report.
Further details on the activities and those involved in the report
can be found here and in the
ACME undertook a review of some elements of the ITE system
in four jurisdictions (Germany, Massachusetts, Shanghai and
Singapore) in addition to England.
The findings of this review are summarised in ACME's discussion
- Initial teacher education of teachers of mathematics at
primary and secondary: have your say.
From the emerging themes of the review ACME formulated a set of
questions for the community. Thank you for sharing your
A list of sources may
allow you to explore the issues.
As part of its series of Maths
Snapshots, ACME developed a Maths Snapshot looking
at the the supply, training and development of teachers of
Other recent ACME publications on ITE, such as the ACME
submissions to the Carter Review can be found here.