Forward to excellence
Ursula Howard explains how the success of the Maths4Life programme will be carried on under new management
The Maths4Life programme at NRDC has, since it was launched in August 2004, produced high quality, wellresearched resources which we know teachers and learners in the Skills for Life sector find stimulating. The DfES-funded programme has launched a number of professional development events and has undertaken small pieces of research. It has had a major impact on mathematics in Skills for Life.
■ produce summaries of the latest research for practitioners, and explore 'hot issues' with them
■ run a seminar to explore the implications of the Leitch report (1)
■ help to transfer the Maths4Life website to NCETM. The Maths4Life website will remain live and will be maintained until the end of March 2008 when it will transfer to www.ncetm.org.uk
Maths4Life was set up in 2004 in response to the Smith Report Making Mathematics Count. In its response to the report, the government said:
'the long term future of mathematics in the UK will depend on aligning action on the three critical issues...: teacher supply; teacher support; and curriculum development...
These are the tasks the project was set. NRDC, based at the Institute of Education, with LLU+ at London South Bank University as main partner, began work in 2004. The programme reached the end of its first phase on 31st March 2007.
Since 2004, Maths4Life has developed strong 'brand recognition' and the programme has helped to bring about a culture shift in approaches to teaching and learning mathematics - in particular, the narrowing of the gap between 'mathematics' and 'adult numeracy', with the two communities beginning to see each other as colleagues and uniting within the same field of expertise and endeavour.