NCETM Press Background Information
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is a Government initiative to improve teaching and learning in maths at all stages of education.
It supports the professional development of teachers of maths through: the coordination of existing provision; the promotion of Government initiatives; the identification of areas where more resources are needed; and the creation of an online learning environment.
The National Centre has over 300 000 registered users and provides opportunities for teachers of maths to explore professional development resources, share good practice, and access growing networks.
The Department for Education and Skills [now the Department for Education (DfE)] set up the NCETM in response to Professor Adrian Smith’s report Making Mathematics Count. The report found that the number of learners studying maths after the age of 16 had declined, and that maths is too often seen as difficult. There was also concern over the need for supporting and growing teachers of maths.
Tribal Group was awarded the contract, initially in partnership with the University of Plymouth, and now managed by a consortium. It was initially asked to deliver the NCETM with Government funding of £15 million until 2009, extended to 2011, to 2016, to 2019, and again to 2022. Tribal Group is one of the fastest-growing companies supporting the public sector today. The Group's activities cover the full spectrum of strategic and operational support services including consulting, property, technology, resourcing, education and communications.
Journalists seeking additional information on the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics during office hours should email an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside office hours, please contact the NCETM Communications Director Steve McCormack on 07799 285031 or 07802 418576.