A word from the Chair
The National Network for Excellence in Mathematics (NNEM) were delighted to launch on the 14 July 2017 and excited at the prospect of what can be achieved across Wales in the coming years. Our strapline, “Connecting teachers, connecting mathematics”, communicates well the broad intention of the forward work of the network. Practice across Wales has much to celebrate however opportunities for doing so at a national level are limited. In recognition of this, the NNEM seeks to bring together partners, linking teachers and representatives from consortia, further education and higher education, with the aim of connecting mathematics practitioners across Wales. In doing so, the NNEM board draws on the passion that all partners have in developing mathematics provision for children across Wales.
The NNEM has defined eight key priorities. These reflect both the current policies and effective practice in Wales.
One of the first ways that this will be evident is through the development of a website; the NNEM zone on Hwb. The overall aim of this is to provide a central point for information that is useful for all mathematics practitioners. As a starting point, this brings together key documentation relating to mathematics education in Wales in one place. It has all of the events relating to mathematics education across Wales. It also includes an update on the Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning and Experience Pioneer group. As it evolves, this will also be a point for resources, collated and summarised research against various aspects of mathematics and an area for those to develop their subject specific knowledge.
The NNEM have recruited practitioners from across Wales to take a research role against the priorities set by the network. There will be opportunities to engage with the practitioner researchers through local consortia events. The NNEM zone will also be updated regularly by the practitioner researchers to ensure communication of interim and summary outcomes of research but also to share any resources developed.
As we go forward, partners will be seeking the views of mathematics practitioners to inform the ongoing work of the NNEM as well as information as to how practitioners can engage.