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Next steps for maths education in England - curriculum design, teaching, attainment, support, qualifications, progression, and moving forward from the pandemic

Morning, Thursday, 24th March 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the next steps for delivery of high-quality maths education in England - and what is needed to support the workforce to boost quality in maths education and attainment in students across the cohort.

Delegates will discuss issues in the context of the recovery of maths education following the pressures of the pandemic on teaching and learning.

The conference will also be an opportunity to consider findings in Ofsted’s research review of maths education, which is looking at best practice in curriculum design, teaching, assessment and student motivation, and how disparities in outcomes for students can be reduced.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Professor Andrew Noyes, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham; and Chair, Joint Mathematical Council of the UK; Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD; Dr David Mallows, Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education Centre for Applied Linguistics; and Karen McGuigan, Founder, Maths For Life Programme.

Sessions in the agenda look at:

  • numeracy in the wake of the pandemic and priorities for supporting catch-up in maths
  • addressing the attainment gap and delivering choice and variety for learners with different needs
  • strengthening foundational maths knowledge
  • best practice in designing and teaching curricula and improving the quality of teaching
  • the qualifications system for maths and supporting progress into further study and employment
  • England’s performance in numeracy skills and measuring attainment against international benchmarks
  • maximising the contribution of maths education to the UK economy and meeting skills needs


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education. Also due to attend are representatives from NCFE and Oxford University Press.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with other education stakeholders including school leaders, teachers and teacher unions, programme administrators, virtual education platforms, examination bodies, teacher training bodies, counsellors and wellbeing officers, student support and peer mentoring groups, employment agencies, researchers from academia and higher education, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrew Noyes

Professor of Education, University of Nottingham; and Chair, Joint Mathematical Council of the UK

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD

Keynote Speakers

Dr David Mallows

Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education Centre for Applied Linguistics

Karen McGuigan

Founder, Maths for Life Programme

Professor Andrew Noyes

Professor of Education, University of Nottingham; and Chair, Joint Mathematical Council of the UK

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD


Professor Emeritus Anne Watson

Department of Education, University of Oxford; Chair, Bucks, Berks and Oxon Maths Hub

Sam Sims

Chief Executive Officer, National Numeracy

Professor Paul Glaister

Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, University of Reading

Dr Ashley Compton

Lecturer in Primary Education, Bishop Grosseteste University

Dr Iro Xenidou-Dervou

Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Cognition, Loughborough University

Charlie Stripp

Chief Executive, MEI; and National Director, NCETM

Neil Ogden

Subject Adviser for Mathematics, OCR

Richard Marett

CEO, Maths Whizz