The JMC is a council of participating and observing bodies which first met in 1963 to promote communication between the bodies and to promote mathematics and the improvement of the teaching of mathematics at all levels. It serves as a forum for discussion between societies and for making representations to government and other bodies and responses to their enquiries. It meets three times each year to enable updating, responses to issues and discussion between the bodies. The JMC also sets up working parties and groups to examine topics further as required.
On 20 January 2017 the JMC was incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation; the transfer of activities and assets to the new body having been completed, the unincorporated JMC was dissolved on 17 August 2017. The information on this page describes the activities of both the present Charitable Incorporated Organisation and the previous unincorporated JMC.
British Congresses of Mathematics Education Committee
A working party drawn from among the Trustees of the JMC is conducting a review of BCME with a view to bringing forward proposals as to its future. While the review is being conducted, the BCME Committee is in abeyance.
BCME is a joint conference organised by the JMC Participating Bodies. It is currently held every four years between ICME (International Congress on Mathematical Education) conferences. BCME provides an opportunity to promote mathematics and the improvement of the teaching of mathematics at all levels. The following BCME conferences have been held:
More information can be found on the BCME Committee website.
GCSE Working Group
This working group is monitoring the introduction of the new GCSE in Mathematics in England (first examined in 2017).
International Congresses of Mathematics Education Bursaries Committee
This committee organises and allocated bursaries for those attending the International Congress of Mathematics Education. The next ICME is ICME-14 which will be held in Shanghai from 12 to 19 July 2020.
Meeting of Mathematics Subject Associations Special Interest Group
MMSA is a meeting, held three times a year of the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, The Mathematical Association, the National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges and the National Association of Mathematics Advisors, with representatives of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics also attend. On 9 June 2017, MMSA became a Special Interest Group of the JMC.
Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education
ACME was established in January 2002, by the JMC and The Royal Society with the explicit backing of all major mathematics organisations and the support of the Department for Education, The Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Gatsby Foundation and a range of other organisations across the STEM landscape. ACME was established to enable an effective and constructive partnership between Government and the mathematics community in England, with the aim of informing and advising the Department for Education in order to assist in its drive to raise standards and promote mathematics at all levels within education in England.
NCETM was established in 2006 following an initial recommendation of ACME and of Adrian Smith in his report Making Mathematics Count. The NCETM provides strategic leadership for mathematics-specific CPD in England. It aims to raise the professional status of all those engaged in the teaching of mathematics so that the mathematical potential of learners will be fully realised.
In 2017, following a review, ACME was reorganised and integrated into the committee structure of The Royal Society. The remit of ACME was extended to mathematics education across the whole of the United Kingdom. The link with the JMC is maintained as the Chair of the JMC sits as a member of the committee.
TSST secondary mathematics course approval
Starting in 2017, the JMC is working with the Department for Education in England to quality assure to an agreed standard TSST (teacher subject specialism training) secondary mathematics courses through a JMC-enabled community approval process.
Developing mathematics-specific pedagogy in Initial Teacher Education
On 25 March 2017, The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom published recommendations on Developing mathematics-specific pedagogy in Initial Teacher Education. The proposed core standards for ITT (DfE, 2016) provide some additional information for providers of Initial Teacher Education regarding the content of programmes, but contain little about subject-specific pedagogy. We hope the JMC document will provide some welcome guidance for all those working with trainee mathematics teachers at primary and secondary level as to appropriate approaches to developing pedagogy for teaching mathematics. The document was developed initially at a JMC workshop and then developed further, with particular input from the committee of the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers. The further reading section in the document provides links to additional material, including case studies. Publication of this document is timely, particularly given the publication in February 2017 of comprehensive Standards for preparing teachers of mathematics by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in the USA.
Report: download as PDF file
In 2011, the report of the Digital Technologies Working Group of the JMC was published.
Continuing Professional Development
In 2005, the report of the Continuing Professional Development Working Party of the JMC was published.
Report: download as PDF file
Giving to the JMC
If you wish to donate to the JMC, please contact the Treasurer.
The suggested form of wording for a pecunary legacy is: I give and bequeath unto The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom De Morgan House 57-58 Russell Square London WC1B 4HS (a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales number 1171223) the sum of £... [amount in words] to be applied for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.
The suggested form of wording for a residuary legacy is: I give and bequeath unto The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom De Morgan House 57-58 Russell Square London WC1B 4HS (a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales number 1171223) ... [proportion of residue] to be applied for its general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.
on 21 January 2019