LONDON The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is launching a website designed to stimulate debate and involvement in the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) initiative.
The centre is designed to 'enthuse' learners and enable them to achieve greater progress in mathematics by improving skills and teaching knowledge. This makes up part of the response from the DfES to recommendations in Professor Adrian Smith's report 'Making Mathematics Count'. It should help to make maths lessons more stimulating, encourage more pupils to take A level maths, and widen the pool of highly qualified maths teachers.
The £15million, three-year, government programme to drive the centre will be formally launched in June 2006. An interim website is available now outlining the roll-out plan and encouraging teachers and other interested parties to become involved in the project.
Until the launch in June 2006, activity will focus on identifying regional pathfinder schools and colleges; identifying and training regional hubs, schools and colleges; and instigating links with business and commerce. Development of resources has already started and on completion will include: activities for teaching and continuing professional development (CPD); online tests with value added analysis; networking forums for expert teachers; links to business and commerce; international links to encourage CPD; and targeted support for trainee teachers, newly qualified teachers, advanced skills teachers, heads of department and maths co-ordinators.