About the Centre
The aims of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) are to raise levels of achievement in maths, and to increase appreciation of the power and wonder of maths, across the school, sixth form college and further education system.
In this context, our specific task is to try to ensure that all teachers of maths - and this includes all primary school teachers, and non-specialist maths teachers - have easy access to high quality, evidence-based, maths-specific continuing professional development (CPD) at every point of their careers.
The main channel of our support for teachers and schools is the Maths Hubs programme, which we lead and coordinate. In our interaction with primary schools and primary teachers, the majority of our support comes through the various strands of the Teaching for Mastery programme.
Collaborating with Government and its agencies, higher education institutions, research bodies, maths subject associations and other bodies devoted to maths education, and working alongside the Maths Hubs, we operate in four main ways:
- through our website, where individual teachers, however experienced, can check and refine their subject knowledge and pedagogy, access a vast archive of classroom-based research, and exchange views and experience with colleagues around the country;
- through our support (face to face and online) for all schools, colleges, organisations and individuals with a professional development role as providers of CPD for teachers of maths in all settings, and in providing a framework for quality assurance of that provision;
- through managing the coordination of national Maths Hubs projects, such as the Teaching for Mastery Programme.
- by disseminating papers, summarising our current thinking in key areas of mathematics education, aimed at the whole maths education community, including classroom teachers. Recent examples of this work include:
- Early in 2018, there are over 300 000 registered users of the NCETM website
- Resources created by teachers working through the Maths Hubs programme and published on the NCETM website have proved immensely popular. For example:
- By January 2018, more than 1.3 million downloads of primary mastery assessment materials.
- By January 2018, more than 45 000 downloads of Primary Marking Guidance.
Our work in more detail