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Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom

The JMC is a council of participating and observing societies formed in 1963 to promote communication between the societies 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 societies.

The JMC sets up working parties and groups to examine topics further as required. In 2011, a major report was published by a Digital Technologies Working Group; the full report and an executive summary are available for download as PDF files. The report of an earlier CPD Working Party is also available. JMC works closely with both ACME and NCETM; for example, in a joint submission to Sir Jim Rose’s review of the Primary Curriculum.

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 last month of comprehensive Standards for preparing teachers of mathematics by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in the USA.


British Congress of Mathematics Education

BCME is the joint conference organised by the JMC participating societies. 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 past BCME conferences were

    BCME1:  University of Loughborough (1991)
    BCME2:  University of Leeds (1993)
    BCME3:  Manchester Metropolitan University (1995)
    BCME4:  Nene College Northampton (1999)
    BCME5:  Keele University (2001)
    BCME6:  University of Warwick (2005)
    BCME7:  University of Manchester (2010)
    BCME8:  University of Nottingham (2014)

The next BCME conference, BCME9, will be held in 2018.


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. It is supported by the Department for Education, The Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Gatsby Foundation and a range of other organisations across the STEM landscape. ACME enables an effective and constructive partnership between Government and the mathematics community in England. ACME aims to inform and advise the Department for Education in order to assist in its drive to raise standards and promote mathematics at all levels within education. It seeks to complement and enhance, rather than replace, consultative procedures and aims for positive progress rather than routine opposition to change.


National Centre for the Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics

NCETM was established in 2006 following an initial recommendation of ACME and of Adrian Smith in his report Making Mathematics Count. The NCETM provides effective strategic leadership for mathematics-specific CPD. 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.


Last updated by Peter Thomas
on 25 March 2017

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