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The Royal Society Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education held its 2018 conference on Tuesday 17 July.

The conference, Working together: Mathematics education in a changing landscape, provided an opportunity to discuss current and emerging areas of mathematics education policy. Please see the conference programme (pdf) for further information about the day. 

Conference delegates discussed how different communities can work together to:

  • facilitate progression in mathematics from early years to primary;
  • enhance professional learner journeys for teachers of mathematics;
  • strengthen post-16 mathematics pathways; 
  • develop data science within mathematics; and 
  • signal the value of mathematics across all phases of education.

The conference welcomed a broad variety of guests from policy makers to researchers, teachers, employers, funders, professional associations and others.

Keynote Address

  • The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Paul Kett, Director General for Education Standards, DfE

Panel Discussion: Signalling the value of mathematics: Making informed choices at all stages

  • Dame Jil Matheson DCB (Chair)
  • Professor Louise Archer, Professor of Sociology of Education, University College London
  • Mr Josh Hillman, Director of Education, Nuffield Foundation
  • Professor Mark Smith, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University
  • Ms Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector, Ofsted

Workshop sessions

4 workshop sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Progression in mathematics from early years to primary
  • Professional learner journeys for secondary teachers of mathematics
  • Post-16 mathematics pathways for all: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Rising to the data science challenges within new A-level Mathematics