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

Morning, Monday, 22nd June 2020


***Taking Place Online***

This conference will examine the next steps for the reform of maths teaching in England, looking at:

  • general qualification reform - its impact so far and the next steps following the cancellation of this year’s exams,
  • the new Ofsted inspection framework, and
  • teacher recruitment and retention.

The context:

It takes place with:

Areas for discussion:

  • Impact of GCSE and A Level reform on teachers and teaching, students, and the maths curriculum;
  • The new inspection framework, particularly its increased focus on the curriculum and the ‘quality of education’;
  • Government’s aim of more rigour and better preparing students for A Level and higher education;
  • The move to a linear structure for the qualification, the altered content of the new qualification, and the decoupling from the AS Level;
  • Possible alternative qualifications, and options for splitting into two qualifications or introduction of a Passport in Maths;
  • The reformed Functional Skills Qualifications in maths;
  • Concerns surrounding the invigilation of the new qualifications - and better ensuring that students are provided with skills relevant to employers;
  • Recruitment and retention of suitably qualified teaching staff and options for attracting and retaining maths teachers; and
  • How numeracy skills can be improved in particular regions, such as in the North East.

Following the cancellation of GCSEs and A Levels this year due to the spread of COVID-19, the replacement of the exams with teacher assessments, as well as the transition to remote learning, the conference will include discussion on alternative pathways to learning and assessing maths and numeracy skills in light of current adjustments having to be made in response to the pandemic.

The agenda:

  • The impact of qualification reform on the maths curriculum and teaching staff  - looking ahead to 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.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.  Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

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

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

Jonathan Kay

Head of English and Maths, Tyne Coast College

Beth Lilley

Mathematics Teacher, The Rodillian Academy

Sylke Scheiner

Director of Assessment, OCR

Ian Davies

Head of Curriculum, White Rose Maths

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