Headlines: September 21st, 2004

Professor Celia Hoyles OBE has been appointed as Chief Adviser for Mathematics in the Department for Education and Skills. She will take the lead in developing and delivering the mathematics strategy outlined in the response to the Inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics Education. Her task will be to revitalise and raise the profile of the study of mathematics.She will be concerned with mathematics education from early years, through to schools, higher and further education and the adult skills agenda. This will involve working closely with key stakeholders to implement the commitments made in the Government’s response to ‘Making Mathematics Count’.

The key issues that the mathematics strategy addresses are the supply of specialist mathematics teachers, the infrastructure required to support them effectively and the capacity within the current curriculum, assessment and qualifications framework to meet the needs of all learners. Delivery of the strategy will depend on achieving synergy and consistency across these three areas, as well as reinforcing the importance of mathematics as a discipline and a subject with young people.

Professor Hoyles is currently Dean of Research and Consultancy at the Institute of Education, University of London. Earlier this year, she was awarded the first Hans Freudenthal Medal, recognising her outstanding contribution to research in technology and mathematics education.

Tenders will be invited by March 2005 for a National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics to provide a strategic leadership role and draw together the wider mathematics community.