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West Midlands Mathematics Education Strategic Hub (MESH)

In 2013-14, ACETT, the Association of Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training, was commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to carry out some work across England relating to the expanded 16-19 mathematics programme.

Part of this involved setting up a Mathematics Education Strategic Hub (MESH) in each region consisting of key regional partners, and co-ordinated by each regional CETT. This MESH was to have two strategic roles:

  • Identifying needs for specialist support for maths education in the region
  • Ensuring provision to address these needs, either through existing support or developing new forms of support

The support could be around any areas of workforce development including recruitment, training qualifications, professional development and improvement of teaching and learning, mathematics leadership development and mathematics professional development leadership and teacher education.

Members are leading colleges and learning providers, mathematics education departments and mathematics faculties in universities, NANIMIC representatives (National Association for Numeracy & Mathematics In Colleges), Further Mathematics Support Programme Area Co-ordinators, employers with a strong commitment to excellence in mathematics education, and the NCETM to provide expert advisory support.

WMCETT in 2014 and 2015 have held five meetings of the West Midlands MESH, and notes from these meetings can be seen, right.

At the January 2015 meeting, Sue Johnston-Wilder, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education from the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick, gave a presentation on some research entitled A Survey of Mathematics Anxiety and Mathematical Resilience Among Existing Apprentices, which prompted a good discussion and a lot of interest. This report is now available to read, right.

If you have any issues you would like to be raised at the next MESH, or would like to make a contribution at a meeting, please contact WMCETT Project Manager Julie Chamberlain at J.chamberlain@warwick.ac.uk