Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

2016 ACME Conference

Influences and impact: policies for high-quality mathematics education

12 July 2016, The Royal Society, London

The 2016 ACME conference, 'Influences and impact: policies for high-quality mathematics education' was held on Tuesday 12 July chaired by Professor Alex Halliday FRS, Vice President and Physical Secretary at the Royal Society and Interim ACME Chair. The 150 delegates were 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.

A report from the conference, summarising the key messages from the keynotes, panel session and workshops can be found here.

Policy keynote

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, delivered the political keynote speech and made a number of announcements, including:


£41 million to support more than 8,000 primary schools to adopt the mastery approach to mathematics teaching

A 2 year extension of the Shanghai-England mathematics teacher exchange programme

The terms of reference for a review into the feasibility of compulsory maths study for all pupils up to 18, announced in March and undertaken by Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS

The launch of tender for a new National Mathematics Education Centre

The publication of four new reports on initial teacher education and teacher development that follow the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Education.

The reports cover core content of teacher training courses, mentoring, behaviour management and professional development standards:


Delegates came together in a number of workshop sessions led by ACME members to discuss four key areas;  initial teacher education, assessment of primary mathematics, professional development and mathematics to 18.

Panel session

The afternoon saw a Question Time-style panel session with high-level discussion around the strategic priorities for mathematics education including teacher supply, the development of the curriculum and its implementation, and how to engage young people in mathematics.


The panel was chaired by Dr Simon Gallacher, Senior Consultant at the Nuffield Foundation and Principal Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

Panellists (from left to right) included,

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London;

Professor Terezinha Nunes, Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Oxford;

Lynne McClure, Director of Cambridge Mathematics;

Dan Abramson, Head of King's College London Mathematics School.

Mathematics keynote

The day was brought to a close by Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the University of Oxford, delivering an engaging keynote speech about patterns of prime numbers in jewellery.

You can find the full list of speaker and panellist biographies here.

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