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 Mathematics
 Education




Advisory Committee on Mathematics
        Education (ACME)
                Professor Alice Rogers
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        Mathematics
        Education




About ACME
•   Established in January 2002
    by the Royal Society and the
    Joint Mathematical Council
•   Supported by the Gatsby Foundation and the DCSF
•   ACME is an independent committee hosted at the RS
•   Chair as a ‘user of mathematics’
•   Past chairs: Sir Peter Williams, Professor Adrian Smith
•   Current chair: Professor Dame Julia Higgins
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The Aim of ACME
• to enable an effective and
  constructive partnership between Government and the
  mathematics community
• to inform and advise the DCSF and BIS in order to assist in
  its drive to raise standards and promote mathematics at all
  levels within education
• Also provides advice to government agencies and other key
  stakeholders (e.g. QCDA, Ofqual, TDA etc)
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Membership
• Seven members of the committee:
  Jack Abramsky, Fiona Allan, Wendy Hoskin, Lynne
  McClure, Roger Porkess, Alice Rogers, Anne Watson

• Augmented by an ‘Outer Circle’,
  including further HE input

• Secretariat based at the Royal Society
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The Big Issues in Mathematics Education
 GCSE:
 • Twinned pair pilot September 2010:
   Applications of Mathematics
   and Methods in Mathematics

 • Early entry

 • Two-tier
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The Big Issues in Mathematics Education
 Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL)

 • Lack of focus on improving subject knowledge

 • Aimed at early-career teachers
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Post-16 in 2016
 Proactive work looking at pathways in maths.
 Review of 14-19 qualifications due in six years’ time.

 • Origins in the Smith report – appropriate pathways for each
   learner

 • Everyone should be expected to study appropriate
   mathematics post-16 – but A-level maths shouldn’t attempt
   to accommodate everyone
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Post-16 in 2016 – discussion paper
 • Baccalaureate-style model proposed – 6 subjects
 • Initial discussion paper suggested 3 mathematics pathways at Level 3
   – consultation indicated a need for a pathway at Level 2 other than just
   repeating GCSE
 • Need for opportunities to transfer between the pathways and flexibility
   within the system
 • Concern about teacher supply and retention
 • Making the mathematics applicable and relevant to different subjects
   will have a real implications in term of mathematics teachers’
   knowledge – CPD will be crucial here
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Post-16 now and in the near future
 Use of Mathematics A-level: a key pathway

 • Allows the target audience for Mathematics A-level to
   continue to include those who will wish to study
   mathematically rich STEM subjects in HE

 • Broaden participation in mathematics, but taking the
   pressure off A-level Mathematics to accommodate – more
   than one tool is needed
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Post-16 in 2016
 Use of Mathematics A-level

 • Possible risks? Students ill-advised?

 • But how many reach HE social sciences, geography etc.
   and regret having studied no mathematics at all for two
   years?
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A-level Mathematics
QCDA consultation summer 2009

• Strong agreement in some areas, lack of consensus
  elsewhere – student choice of modules versus uniformity of
  intake

• Proposals still being developed
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Advanced Extension Award (AEA)
• AEA to be discontinued in 2013 – Mathematics is the only
  remaining AEA

• Introduction of A* grade for >90% on A2 papers with
  ‘stretch and challenge’ material

• ACME is pressing for retaining the AEA and developing it
  further – A* rewards greater accuracy not depth. CMS
  support
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Mathematical Needs Project
 • Two themes:

   - Theme A: the Mathematical Needs of HE, business
     (‘Top down’)

   - Theme B: the Mathematical Needs of the learners
     (‘Bottom up’)
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Mathematical Needs Project
 Theme A (Needs of HE, business)

 • Research commissioned looking at:
    - Mathematical content of HE courses
    - Published entry requirements – likely recommendation
      that depts should be honest about what is desirable

 • Work informs pathways development
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Input from HE
 Input from HoDoMS is strongly encouraged

 • Input from HE and others in curriculum development
   referred to by the DCSF/BIS Science and Learning Expert
   Group, Michael Gove, Sir Richard Sykes...

 • HoDoMS has a valuable role to play
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