Westminster Education Forum

Maths teaching in England - qualification reform, teacher recruitment and retention, and the impact of the new Ofsted inspection framework

Morning, Monday, 22nd June 2020

Central London


This conference will examine the next steps for the reform of maths teaching in England.

Area for discussion include:

  • the impact of general qualification reform so far,
  • the new Ofsted inspection framework; and
  • teacher recruitment and retention.

Context and the focus for discussion

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss issues and options in light of policy developments, including:


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Michelle Dyson, Director, Qualifications, Curriculum & Extra Curricular, Department for Education; and
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD.

Further speakers include: Eleanor Baggaley, Great North Maths Hub; Professor Paul Glaister, University of Reading; Sylke Scheiner, OCR; Charlie Stripp, MEI and NCETM; and Professor Geoffrey Wake, University of Nottingham.

The agenda in summary

  • GCSE and A Level maths reform so far - lessons learnt and key priorities;
  • The impact of qualification reform on the maths curriculum and teaching staff: the new GCSEs and A Level curriculum, introduction of core maths, and qualifications post GCSE;
  • Current standards of maths teaching in England - key findings from the OECD;
  • Maths and Ofsted’s new inspection framework - the impact so far on teaching and learning standards;
  • Improving the quality of maths teaching: teacher recruitment and retention, teaching styles, the impact of maths hubs and adjusting to the new inspection framework; and
  • Maths teaching in England - key policy priorities.

Keynote Speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD

Michelle Dyson

Director, Qualifications, Curriculum & Extra Curricular, Department for Education


Eleanor Baggaley

Hub Lead (Post-16 Focus), Great North Maths Hub

Dr Jennie Golding

Associate Professor, Institute of Education, University College London

Sylke Scheiner

Director of Assessment, OCR

Geoffrey Wake

Professor of Mathematics Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

Charlie Stripp

Chief Executive, MEI and National Director, NCETM

Paul Glaister

Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, University of Reading