The Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry

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ACME/The Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry Workshop

Post-14 Mathematics Education:
Pathways to Progress

Profiles of the speakers

| Chris Belsom | Prof Mike Savage | Peter Lacey |
| Diane Cochrane | Prof Celia Hoyles | Karen Spencer |
| Doug French | Helen Russell | Alice Onion |

Chris Belsom

Chris Belsom has been Head of Mathematics at Ampleforth College since 1990. He has had wide experience of curriculum development on a national scale, obtained over many years, including working on the School Mathematics Project 11-16 scheme. Chris has authored and edited a number of school textbooks on A level mathematics for Cambridge University Press (CUP), including the CUP Series of three texts for A level on Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics (1997). He was elected a member of the Council of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in 2002, and has been a member of the Schools and Further Education Working Group of the IMA since 2000. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and has been an ACME Member since 2002.

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Professor Mike Savage

Mike Savage is Professor of Fluid Dynamics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds. He has had long-term research and curriculum interests in mathematics education at the School/University interface. From 1990-96 he was Co-Director of the Mechanics in Action Project which investigated misconceptions in mechanics and developed curriculum materials for the School Mathematics Project and Mathematics in Engineering and Industry. He is currently Director of a HEFCE-funded project, involving the universities of Leeds, Loughborough, Coventry and the Educational Broadcasting Services Trust, to provide both web and disk based support materials to facilitate the transition from school to university. Mike was co-author of "Measuring the Mathematics Problem" published by the Engineering Council in 2000, the first report to document hard evidence of a rapid decline in students' basic mathematical skills.

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Peter Lacey

Peter Lacey is Deputy Director of Education for North East Lincolnshire Council. After teaching in three schools for sixteen years he worked as a mathematics adviser in three different LEAs. Between times, he co-ordinated a Government-funded raising achievement in mathematics project in the North East of England. He was lead professional officer for mathematics at the National Curriculum Council, and a member of the professional officer team at the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Peter has published many educational articles and papers and a book on teaching arithmetic. He is an OFSTED inspector and past Chair of the General Council of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

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Diane Cochrane

Diane Cochrane is currently a Head of mathematics in an 11-16 secondary school in Sandwell in the West Midlands. She has travelled an unconventional route through the education system, leaving school at sixteen and working at the same time as completing an ONC, and a BA degree in Mathematics and Science. She entered teaching late, and completed her PGCE while teaching, before Graduate Teacher Trainees were created! She has taught in four very different schools completing a Masters Degree in Education along the way. Diane is a mentor for trainee teachers in Mathematics and is involved in work within the LEA as a part of the KS3 Strategy training. She became a member of the General Council of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics last year having been involved with the association since her first days in the classroom.

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Professor Celia Hoyles

Celia Hoyles is Dean of Research & Consultancy at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has been Professor of Mathematics Education at the Institute of Education since 1984, before which she was a mathematics teacher in London secondary schools. Celia has co-authored 'Windows on Mathematical Meanings: Learning Cultures and Computers', and co-edited 'Computers and Exploratory Learning', and 'Rethinking the Mathematics Curriculum'. Most recently, with Alison Wolf, Susie Molyneux-Hodgson and Phillip Kent, she completed the Mathematics in the Workplace project, which examined changing demands for intermediate maths skills in a range of sectors. She is an editor for the International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning. Celia has been Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK since 1999 and an ACME member since 2002.

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Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer is a Teacher and Head of Mathematics at Kingston College. Kingston is a medium sized Further Education College, with over 1000 students studying Mathematics and Numeracy at a variety of different levels. The School of Mathematics won the Association of Colleges Beacon award for Mathematics in 2002 for its Free Standing Mathematics provision. The courses offered are diverse, ranging from Entry-level Adult Basic Skills Numeracy through to HNC Mathematics for Engineers. Karen has also worked as a consultant for QCA on the development of AS Use of Mathematics and is a member of NANAMIC.

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Doug French

Doug French is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull where he is responsible for mathematics in the secondary PGCE course. He has contributed extensively to the publications of The Mathematical Association (MA) and has until recently been Chair of the MA's Teaching Committee. He has extensive teaching experience and was Head of Department in a large comprehensive school in East Sussex for 19 years before taking up his present post in 1987. Doug was a major contributor to the development of the School Mathematics Project 16 to 19 A level mathematics course and his book 'Teaching and Learning Algebra' has recently been published by Continuum.'

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Helen Russell

Helen Russell is a member of the Mathematical Association's Post-16 subcommittee and so has a keen interest in the provision of mathematical education after Key Stage 4. She teaches mathematics at South Hunsley, which is a large state comprehensive school of about 1700 pupils in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She is the school's Professional Tutor, a role which includes being Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator, Newly Qualified Teacher Induction Tutor and having some responsibility for staff development. She has been the school's Maths mentor for ITT trainees for the past 6 years. She teaches a small part of the Maths PGCE course at the University of Hull and is involved in trainee placement supervision and observation in other schools. She has a specific interest in the training and development of new Maths teachers and in the promotion of good quality Maths teaching.

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Alice Onion

Alice Onion is the Principal Consultant for Mathematics at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. As such, she is the lead expert on mathematics and mathematics education within QCA, and leads a team responsible for subject expertise and a strategic view of mathematics within the contexts of education and training. As a graduate in mathematics, Alice taught throughout the age and ability range, including A level, adult numeracy and special needs. Subsequently, she worked in the School of Education at Kings College London as an assessment development officer in mathematics. Over the next 12 years Alice worked in three local education authorities, firstly as mathematics adviser and finally as senior inspector for mathematics. She joined QCA in February 2002.

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