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The unincorporated Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom was formed in 1963 to: 'provide co-ordination between the Constituent Societies and generally to promote the advancement of mathematics and the improvement of the teaching of mathematics’. In pursuance of this, the JMC serves as a forum for discussion between societies and for making representations to government and other bodies and responses to their enquiries. It is concerned with all aspects of mathematics at all levels from primary to higher education.

On 20 January 2017, The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom was incorporated as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by the Charity Commission for England and Wales with Registered Charity Number 1171223. The Registered Office of the CIO is De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS. The Constitution of the CIO can be found here. The trustees of the CIO are Sally Barton, Paul Glaister (Chair), Paul Harris (Treasurer), Sue Pope and Peter Thomas (Secretary). Communications should be addressed to the Secretary.

For the time being, the two bodies will exist in parallel while activities and assets are transferred from the old body to the new one.

The JMC is a member of the Council for Subject Associations.

25/03/17 The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom has 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 last month of comprehensive Standards for preparing teachers of mathematics by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in the USA.

JMC Participating Societies


     Adults Learning Mathematics
Adults Learning Mathematics is an international forum which aims to promote the learning of mathematics by adults through bringing together those engaged in and interested in research and developments in this field (here understood to include numeracy). The group comprises both researchers and adult education practitioners; it organises an annual conference, and produces a newsletter and a regular international web-based journal. It also offers webinars on topics of current interest.


      Association of Mathematics Education Teachers
The Association of Mathematics Education Teachers is the voice of mathematics teacher educators in the UK with membership predominantly from the UK Mathematics Initial Teacher Education (ITE) community. AMET represents our members in JMC and other bodies, as well as hosting two annual conferences. We keep members up-to-date on mathematics education developments and support new ITE mathematics tutors for both Primary and Secondary phases.


      Association of Teachers of Mathematics
ATM is the professional home for teachers who want to explore strategies that will enable all learners to enjoy and discover mathematics. ATM produces stimulating publications, an inspiring journal, and provides opportunities for teachers to work together at its annual conference, through working groups and local branches. Members are eligible to apply for Chartered Mathematics Teacher status


      British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
BSRLM is for people interested in research in mathematics education and provides a supportive environment for both new and experienced researchers to develop their ideas.


      British Society for the History of Mathematics
The British Society for the History of Mathematics exists: to promote and encourage research in the history of mathematics and the dissemination of the results of such research; to promote and develop for the public benefit, awareness, knowledge, study and teaching of the history of mathematics; to promote the use of the history of mathematics at all levels in mathematics education in order to enhance the teaching of mathematics for the public benefit.


      Conference of Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences
HoDoMS is the representative body for Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences in UK Universities and aims to discuss and promote the interests of HE Mathematics in the UK and to facilitate dialogue between departments.


      Edinburgh Mathematical Society
The Edinburgh Mathematical Society (EMS) was founded in 1883 and has since become firmly established as the principal mathematical society for the university community in Scotland. The aims of the EMS are the promotion and extension of the Mathematical Sciences, pure and applied, particularly in Scotland, and it draws its membership from all the Scottish universities and other educational institutions as well as from mathematicians in industry and commerce both at home and overseas.


      Institute of Mathematics and its Applications


      London Mathematical Society
The London Mathematical Society is the major UK learned society for mathematics. The Society's activities include publishing journals and books, providing grants to support mathematics and organising scientific meetings and lectures.


      The Mathematical Association
The Mathematical Association exists to support and promote confidence and enjoyment in mathematics through collaboration between students, teachers, mathematicians and others interested in mathematics and mathematics education. We welcome all such and function through social media, through electronic and other publications, working groups, local branches, conferences and CPD, aiming to inform, develop, recharge, and inspire. Teaching members are eligible to apply for Chartered Mathematics Teacher status


      Mathematics in Education and Industry
MEI is an independent charity committed to improving mathematics education and is also an independent UK curriculum development body. Any income generated through our work is used to support the teaching and learning of mathematics.


      National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges
The National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges (NANAMIC) provides professional development for numeracy and mathematics teachers and is a voice for the post-16 further education and training sector. We support classroom practitioners by: providing professional development events in response to the requirements of the sector; running an annual National Conference with many hands-on workshops; representing the views of members when responding to consultations and in face to face meetings. Members are eligible to apply for Chartered Mathematics Teacher status


      National Association of Mathematics Advisers


      National Numeracy
National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills. We aim to challenge negative attitudes, influence public policy and promote effective approaches to improving numeracy. Where possible, we work in partnership with other organisations to achieve these aims.


      NRICH (on behalf of the Millennium Mathematics Project)


      Operational Research Society


      Royal Academy of Engineering


      Royal Statistical Society


      STEM Learning
The National STEM Learning Network is the largest provider of STEM-specific support for schools, colleges and others working with young people across the UK. We enable teachers, technicians and others working with young people to engage with STEM-subject specific, career-long professional development; free resources, based on the curriculum; STEM Ambassadors; STEM Clubs support; and a wide range of other activities with proven impact on outcomes for young people. Find out more on and join us on Twitter: @STEMLearningUK. You can also find details of support specifically highlighted for secondary mathematics and for primary mathematics.


      United Kingdom Mathematics Trust


      Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

If you are looking for professional development in the teaching of mathematics then you may find useful: A guide to STEM continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for teachers which is published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership [for England].

Last updated by Peter Thomas
on 25 March 2017

The information on this page relates to the unincorporated Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom unless it is specifically about The Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Registered Charity Number 1171223.