The World Is Maths



Subject Knowledge and Initial Teacher Education

In 2015 the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) released their report Beginning Teaching: best in class? High-quality initial teacher education for all teachers of mathematics in England.  The report found that there are many inconsistencies in the provision of maths initial teacher education (ITE) in England, in part due to the variety of routes available into the profession (including university-based postgraduate courses, School Direct, School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Teach First)) but in the main due to the absence of a shared standard for maths ITE. Continue reading “Subject Knowledge and Initial Teacher Education”


When am I ever going to use this?

I’m a teacher, and one of the most frustrating questions I ever get asked is some variant of, “But when am I ever going to use this?”.  And that, right there, is a problem.  Do they ever say to the history teacher, “But when I’ve got a job I won’t need to know about the complex web of events that preceded the Second World War”?  Do they ever say to the geography teacher, “But when I’m doing my shopping I won’t need to know about an oxbow lake”? (I do like a good oxbow lake, by the way. The one pictured is in Sarawak, Malaysia).  And do they ever say to the English teacher, “But I don’t need to have read Great Expectations in order to write a good CV”?  Probably not, but they sure as heck say to the maths teacher, “But when will I ever use a quadratic equation once I leave school?” Continue reading “When am I ever going to use this?”

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