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Mathematics Education Chairs Initiative

The Mathematics Education Chairs Initiative was launched in 2010 in the context of the persistence of low participation and performance by leaners in mathematics as a school subject and the lack of any significant improvement, despite numerous intervention. Six academics were appointed to university Chairs – four were in Mathematics Education with a focus on secondary schools and two were Numeracy Chairs focusing on primary schooling.


This Public Communication Learning Brief highlights some of the most important findings of the research and development work of the Chairs, drawing out lessons that can be taken up by education departments, policy makers, funders, parents and others with an interest in improving mathematics teaching and learning. It also makes a wide range of resources and materials developed through the research available for take up more broadly.


This Brief serves as directory or signpost for the main findings and lessons: