Mathematics Matters conference: are international comparisons interesting or just useful?

delegates at the conference


The Mathematics Matters conference, 11-12 December 2013, hosted at The University of Warwick, brought together policy makers and educators from 21 countries. Over the course of the conference we created a unique platform where delegates shared international knowledge, connected with local, national and regional agendas, and built relationships with others working in the field of mathematics. 


We had a number of presentations which allowed us to learn and share ideas from around the world – from the UK to Singapore


Speaker presentations


1. The international perspective


Lorna Bertrand - Head of International Evidence and Partnerships, Department for Education, England.


View the presentation  (1.3 MB)



2. Northern Ireland’s experience


Katrina Godfrey - Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Northern Ireland.


View the presentation  (1.4 MB)


3. Are international comparisons useful or just interesting?


Andreas Schleicher - Deputy Director for Education and Skills, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General.


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4. China’s experience


Xu Jiangyong - Deputy Director, Qingyang Bureau of Education, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.


View the presentation  (2.5 MB)


5. Botswana’s experience


Dominic Khame - Acting Director, Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation, Botswana.


View the presentation  (2.2 MB)


6. Chile’s experience


Fidel Oteiza Morra - Advisor, Curriculum and Evaluation, Ministry of Education, Chile and President FunLearning Technologies for innovation in mathematics education with digital technologies.


View the presentation  (2.4 MB)


7. The school perspective


Kenny Frederick - Former Principal, George Green’s School, East London.


View the presentation  (2.2 MB)


8. Singapore’s experience


Dr Lee Ngan Hoe - Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Mathematics Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore /Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, St. Ambrose University, USA.


View the presentation  (6 MB)


9. Supporting schools including through inspections: the Scottish model


Sally Fulton - HM Inspector and Carol Copstick, Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland.


View the presentation:

Slides 1-9  (2.5 MB)

Slides 10-30  (5 MB)

Slides 31- 38  (2.7 MB)

Slides 39-43  (4.7 MB)



10. Maths specialist professional development


Dr Mary McAteer - Director of the Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme (MaST), Edge Hill University.


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11. Innovative approaches to address under-achievement amongst disadvantaged secondary school age students with high academic potential


Richard Gould - Chief Executive, Villiers Park Educational Trust.

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Slides 1-9  (6 MB)

Slides 10-50   ( 3 MB)


12. The importance of the practitioner 


Charlie Stripp - Director, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.


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13. Wales’ experience


Rob Davies -  HM Inspector, Estyn (the National Inspectorate of Wales),

Alwyn Thomas - HM Inspector, Estyn

Rhian CarrutherS - Head of Mathematics and Senior Teacher, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Carmarthenshire.


View the presentation:


Slides 1-25  (2 MB)

Slides 26-50  (3 MB)

Slides 51-60  (3.7 MB)

Slides 61-70  (6 MB)



14. IGGY – gifted students and online support


Dr Adam Boddison - Head of Initial Teacher Education, Centre for Professional Education, The University of Warwick.


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Delve deeper into the speakers' biographies in the conference programme. (502 KB)


Read the final conference report  (92 KB) and view photos from the conference