The Department for Education is to award Cambridge University nearly £3 million for a new project to assist and develop post-16 maths teaching.
The Maths Education Programme is being launched by the university with the aim of providing “innovative, rich and stimulating materials” to help maths teachers and students.
The project will look at how changes in our understanding of maths in recent decades impact on the way in which it is studied at school level.
The five-year project will receive £2.8 million over the first three years, with a review after three years.
The resources it develops for post-16 maths will augment and support current teaching and will be published online.
The materials will be freely accessible to everyone and there will be an emphasis on simple, underlying mathematical ideas. They will also help students to explore connections between different areas of maths and support the development of key mathematical skills and clarity of thought.
It is hoped that pilot versions of the resources will start to be published next summer.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to share thinking about the major themes in mathematics with teachers,” said Professor Martin Hyland, head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. He is leading the project with Lynne McClure, director of NRICH, part of Cambridge University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.
“One of the key aims of the project is to provide material to support inspirational and committed teachers in exploring the subject beyond curriculum boundaries, leading to a richer educational experience for all.”