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The Royal Society Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (RS ACME)

Magic circle of circles
‘A magic circle of circles’ by Benjamin Franklin, from a letter to John Canton, 29 May 1765 (Royal Society MS/597/2/21x)

The Committee oversees the Society’s work providing authoritative and considered advice on high-level, cross-cutting issues in mathematics education and beyond.

Set up in 2002 by the Royal Society and the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK (JMC), the Committee oversees the delivery of a programme of activities being undertaken by the Society that is aligned with the Society’s education Vision for science, mathematics and computing education.

In 2017 the Committee was reformed to have members who are respected and trusted in their own field, have experience of high-level and strategic thinking and delivery, are well networked and with awareness of the education and wider policy landscape. 

RS ACME is made up of high-level experts with an interest in mathematical and quantitative education from the Fellowship, classroom, research and industry. The RS ACME is a committee of the Royal Society comprised of eight members and is Chaired by Sir Martin Taylor FRS.

RS ACME develops strategic relationships and it is seen as the trusted body on mathematical and quantitative education in schools and colleges. The committee works closely with the Joint Mathematical Council (JMC), Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), London Mathematical Society (LMS) and The Royal Statistical Society (RSS).

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