It doesn’t add up: what’s wrong with maths? #ProperMaths
15 May 2013
Broadcast from London

We can't escape the fact that maths skills are not only core to our understanding of other subjects but integral to the vitality of a modern economy. But is the ‘right’ maths being taught in schools?  And how do we ensure students get a ‘proper’ maths education at the right age?

 

As experts in assessment, Cambridge Assessment believes that a sensible debate is needed to help construct a better maths curriculum for England. The event will comprise three main sections, the central one being a debate entitled ‘Numeracy, arithmetic, maths – what age and at what stage?’ Other elements include discussions on how to make maths relevant and whether technology is changing maths for the better.

Speakers include:

  • Lynn Churchman, Trustee – National Numeracy (and former chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills)
  • Jennie Golding, deputy chair – Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)
  • Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development – Cambridge Assessment
  • Lynne McClure, Project Director – NRICH
  • Charlie Stripp, Chief Executive – MEI and Director – National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
  • Mark McCourt, Chairman – Teacher Development Trust, CEO – Beluga Learning
  • Janet De Wilde, Head of STEM – The Higher Education Academy
  • Conrad Wolfram, CEO – Wolfram Mathematica
  • Tony Gardiner, British mathematician.
Programme
12:55
Live Broadcast begins at 13:00
13:00
Bene’t Steinberg, Group Director – Public Affairs, Cambridge Assessment
Chair's Introduction

13:20
Part 2: Numeracy, arithmetic, maths – what age and at what stage?
Panellists:
Lynne McClure, Project Director – NRICH;
Lynn Churchman, Trustee – National Numeracy;
Jennie Golding, deputy chair – Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME);
Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development – Cambridge Assessment.
Audience debate and discussion

14:15
Break
14:30
Part 3: Making maths relevant
Panellists:
Charlie Stripp, Chief Executive – MEI and Director – National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics;
Mark McCourt, Chairman – Teacher Development Trust, CEO – Beluga Learning;
Janet De Wilde, Head of STEM – The Higher Education Academy.
Audience debate and discussion

15:15
Part 4: Is technology changing maths for the better?
Chaired by: Dr Christine Binns, Mathematics Mastery Curriculum Development Lead, ARK Schools;
A viewpoint debate with:
Conrad Wolfram, Founder – Computerbasedmath.org, and European CEO – Wolfram;
Tony Gardiner, British mathematician.
Audience debate and discussion

15:55
Chair’s closing remarks
16:00
End of broadcast