Our History

The MA was the first teachers' subject association to be formed in England, in 1871, as the 'Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching', the original catalyst being the need to develop and to lobby for alternatives to the then standard treatment of geometry. The Association's history is located within a broad context of changes in the educational system, developments in educational and mathematical thought, the growth of professionalism, and wider social, political and economic forces which influence the curriculum. MA reports and publications became standard references in the growing international interest in mathematics education throughout the 20th century.

A full account of the history of the association can be found in Mathematics for the Multitude: a history of the Mathematical Association.