Further Support and Weblinks
General sites where you will find useful information:
Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)
ACME is an independent committee which acts as a single voice for the mathematical community, seeking to improve the quality of education in schools and colleges. It advises Government on issues such as the curriculum, assessment, and the supply and training of mathematics teachers.
Department for Education (DfE)
The Department’s website provides links to many aspects of mathematics education, including the curriculum, assessment and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (the executive agency of the Department for Education responsible for improving the quality of the workforce; and helping schools to help each other to improve).
Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP)
The Further Mathematics Support Programme provides support for teachers and students of advanced level mathematics and further mathematics, providing tuition in further mathematics for those students who would benefit from studying it but would not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.
This website provides information for young people of all ages, from Key Stage 3 to graduate level, who are interested in finding out about careers and opportunities that an education in mathematics can present. It covers a range of queries and careers including mathematics, statistics, engineering, medicine, finance, computer graphics and forensic science. It also contains information for teachers, parents, careers advisers and employers.
National Association of Mathematics Advisers (NAMA)
Membership of NAMA is open to advisers, inspectors, consultants, and providers of advice, inspection and guidance within the field of mathematics education. The association is dedicated to promoting high-quality mathematical education in the United Kingdom.
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
The NCETM was launched in June 2006. It is responsible for enhancing professional development across mathematics teaching in all settings and with learners of every age, and promotes collaboration between teachers. The web portal is the gateway to the breadth of the centre’s national activity and to each of the nine sub-regions. A wide range of information and links are provided, for example to online courses, self-evaluation tools, support for subject leaders, publications and details of forthcoming events.
National STEM Centre
The National STEM Centre in York works with schools, colleges and partner organisations to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the UK. The e-Library enables you to search for resources, including ones produced by the National Strategies and QCDA.
Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual)
Ofqual began its interim work as regulator for qualifications, examinations and tests in England on 8 April 2008.
Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)
LSIS, a sector-led improvement organisation, was formed in April 2008 to bring together the work of two agencies, the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) and the Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning (QIA). It focuses on learners and support the development of leadership and excellence in the further education and skills sector.
The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, established ACME in 2002 with support from the Joint Mathematical Council and funding from the Gatsby Foundation. The Royal Society’s recently published report, The UK’s science and mathematics teaching force, anticipates a future shortfall of 33% in the supply of mathematics teachers.
There are many subject associations in mathematics, some of which are listed on the teachernet website. These include the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) and The Mathematical Association (MA).
United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT)
Links to specific subject leader support material
- Primary National Strategy Subject Leader – Self-evaluation grid for mathematics subject leaders
- Secondary National Strategy Subject Leader – Middle Leaders’ Self-Evaluation Guide
- National Centre for School Leadership (NCSL) – Leading from the Middle.
Links to information on standards and achievement