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  • Latest thinking on developments in mathematics education policy

    Teresa Smart

    Programme Director for Mathematics

    Secondary National Strategy

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Annual Conference 2008:

    Mathematics within STEM – a policy perspective

  • Latest thinking on developments in mathematics education policy

    Steve Ive

    Acting Headteacher

    Kennington Church of England Junior School, Kent

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Annual Conference 2008:

    Mathematics within STEM – a policy perspective

  • Pupils’ motivation to learn

    mathematics in Key Stage 2

    • Clear opinions

    • Unlikely to change

    • Difficulties in understanding

    • Anxiety

    • Boredom

    • Reinforcement

    • Perceived success

  • Current Initiatives

    • National Numeracy Strategies

    • Using and Applying

    • Time

    • High Expectations

    • Targets

    • Teacher anxiety

  • Engagement

    • Precise learning questions

    • Interaction

    • Challenge and support

    • Fun

    • Relevance

    • Links

    • Making sense of their environment

  • Karen Spencer karen.spencer@kingston-college.ac.uk

    Kingston College

  • Our organisation

     Maintained a strong STEM base whilst other providers withdrew provision

     Faculty of Engineering & Science – approximately 1800 students

     3 Schools – Engineering, Science & Mathematics and Computing

     Effective links between the 3 disciplines

     Clear progression opportunities for students within STEM disciplines – strong links into HE

  • Our current provision

     Numeracy – Entry level to level 2

     Application of Number – levels 1 to 3

     GCSE  GCSE Use of Maths (pilot)  Functional Mathematics (pilot)  OCN Access Units  AS Maths, Further Maths and

    Use of Maths  A2 Maths and Further Maths  BTEC Engineering

    Mathematics Units  Science and Technology

    Degree Foundation  HNC/HND Mathematics units

  • Current challenges

    Changing environment

     Machinery of Government (DCSF & DIUS)

     Changing funding streams (16-18, adult, employer and apprenticeships)

     Skills agenda

     Curriculum change

    Uncertainty about the

    place of current offer

  • Future Opportunities?

     Employer-led agenda ◦ What qualifications?

    ◦ Delivery models?

    ◦ Differing market demands?

     Diplomas ◦ Functional mathematics and GCSE?

    ◦ BTEC?

    ◦ AS/A level?

    ◦ Delivery models?

     Consolidation/Diversification?

  • Latest thinking on developments in mathematics education policy

    Dr Ian Gibson

    Director, Space Technology & Industrial Policy

    British National Space Centre

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Annual Conference 2008:

    Mathematics within STEM – a policy perspective

  • Latest thinking on developments in mathematics education policy

    Jessie Seal

    Council Member for the South West Region

    English Secondary Students’ Association

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Annual Conference 2008:

    Mathematics within STEM – a policy perspective

  • The view from Parliament

    Phil Willis MP

    Chair

    Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Annual Conference 2008:

    Mathematics within STEM – a policy perspective

  • Sue Pope, Programme Manager, Mathematics, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

    Nigel Bufton, Programme Director for Mathematics, Primary National Strategy

    Teresa Smart, Programme Director for Mathematics, Secondary National Strategy

    Colin Matthews, Executive Director, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics

    Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network

    (STEMNET)

    Vinay Kathotia, Clothworkers' Fellow in Mathematics, The Royal Institution of Great Britain

    Annette Smith, Director of Regions, British Association for the Advancement of Science

    Charlie Stripp, Programme Leader, Further Mathematics Network

    Jackie Rogers, Senior Subject Officer, GCE Mathematics, AQA

    Professor Nigel Steele, Council and Board Member, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

    Plenary session

  • Professor Adrian Smith

    Chair

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education

    Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education Annual Conference 2008:

    Mathematics within STEM – a policy perspective

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    ACME Phase 3

    (April 2008 to March 2011)

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    Aim

    • “To influence Government strategy and policies with a

    view to improving the outcomes of mathematics

    teaching and learning in England and so secure a

    mathematically enabled population.”

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    Focus on Strategic Issues

    • Supply, retention and training of teachers of

    mathematics for the 5-19 age range

    • Structure and content of the curriculum

    • Assessment.

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    Within the overall landscape of

    • NCETM

    • JMC

    • General STEM initiatives.

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    • speak with one voice for the mathematics community on school

    and college education issues and retain links with all

    stakeholders in mathematics education and the wider STEM

    community.

    To achieve its aim ACME will seek to:

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    • Maintain close links with relevant Government departments

    • Work with relevant learned and professional societies

    • Engage with relevant stakeholders in business and the

    community

    • Where relevant, engage with good practice in the wider

    international mathematics education community.

    and:

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    Key working changes

    • ACME will operate mainly proactively as a forward-looking „think

    tank‟. The Committee and „Outer Circle‟ members‟ range of

    expertise will be further strengthened and the ACME Secretariat

    will be augmented by bringing in strategic policy expertise.

  • Advisory

    Committee on

    Mathematics

    Education acme-uk.org

    Engaging with ACME stakeholders

    • Strategic meetings with Ministers, officials and key

    organisations to advise on policy issues

    • Using the ACME website as part of a wider

    communications strategy on mathematics and STEM

    • Regular conversations with individual policy makers

    and practitioners about their key concerns.

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