National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
|Legal status||Government agency|
|Purpose||Maths education training|
It provides strategic leadership for mathematics-specific CPD and 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.
Please note: some of the content on this page is now out of date. For an up-to-date view of the NCETM's work, please go to the Centre's website.
Its Director until March 2013 was Dame Celia Hoyles, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and former chief adviser on mathematics education for the government. She was succeeded by the current Director, Charlie Stripp.
Improvements to maths teaching
- How can we encourage students to work hard?
- How to build on intuitive ways of working
- What makes some teachers more effective than others?
- How to encourage effective discussion.
- How can whiteboards make learning interactive?
- Gaze aversion and teaching.
Emphases of the NCETM include:
The website, which anyone can join, offers special areas dedicated to early years, primary secondary, post-16 and new approaches to teaching and learning. Members can create their own personalised learning space within a social networking site, where they can share ideas with others and ask for inspiration.
Special online events have included the world’s first online discussion of proof, the launch of ground-breaking report Mathematics Matters, led by Malcolm Swan at the University of Nottingham, and videos of Teachers Talking Theory: in Action, a new professional development resource created by and featuring primary and secondary teachers in the South West of England.
At the NCETM annual conference 2008, Sir Peter Williams launched the Review of Primary Mathematics, which called for a mathematics specialist in every primary school by 2015, amounting to improved and ongoing training for 13,000 primary teachers. Lord Adonis, representing the government, welcomed the report and agreed to its implementation.
- Count On - maths education initiative
- Mathematics education
- International Congress on Mathematical Education
-  Report of the invitation MEI seminars