Written by Mathematical Association Thursday, 28 February 2019
Edited and compiled by Robert J Smith @RJS2212
The MA was the first teachers' subject association to be formed in England, in 1871, as the 'Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching', the original catalyst being the need to develop and to lobby for alternatives to the then standard treatment of geometry. The Association's history is located within a broad context of changes in the educational system, developments in educational and mathematical thought, the growth of professionalism, and wider social, political and economic forces which influence the curriculum. MA reports and publications became standard references in the growing international interest in mathematics education throughout the 20th century.
The MA offers a variety of support for primary teachers and primary schools. We have a dedicated primary journal, offering a mixture of theory and practice, as well as ideas for instant classroom use. If you haven’t yet explored our Primary Mathematics Challenge, don’t miss it. It provides a fabulous resource for extending able children and developing problem solving skills with pupils in Y5 and Y6.
A principal objective for the MA is "to promote and support the professional development of teachers", and so its Professional Development Committee organises a range of PD events for teachers of mathematics. The MA is an NCETM accredited provider of mathematics CPD courses and events.
Four of the MA's journals (with issues between 3 and 5 times a year) are ideal for the 11-16 age range: 'Mathematics in Schools', 'Equals', 'SYMmetryplus' and 'Mathematical Pie'. The MA also publishes books aimed at secondary teachers. The 11-16 subcommittee monitors developments, responds to consultations (e.g. on the revised Key Stage 3, Functional skills, twin GCSEs) and produces resources.
You can find out more about joining The Mathematical Association on the MA website Click here to #JoinTheMA
You can see The Mathematical Association in the networking / Exhibitor slots during #MathsConf18 at the City Academy Bristol on Saturday March 9th 2019.
Don't forget in March we also have our 'FREE' Maths Teacher Network events in association with Oxford University Press and AQA.
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