MA/ATM Joint Primary Group

The MA/ATM Joint Primary Group was established on 9th October 1999 to support teachers and the teaching of mathematics in primary education.

We meet each term, three times per year. Two of these meetings are online and one is in person. We realise that some members may feel uncomfortable meeting face-to-face and this is why we shall continue to run two online sessions throughout the year. We have made the decision that one meeting per year will be face to face to allow for networking and a more sociable atmosphere.

Our meetings are enjoyable opportunities to discuss issues of current interest. In addition, we meet at conference where we hold an open meeting for all those interested in primary issues. Please note that meetings are not recorded.

Members of the group come from all over England and comprise a variety of roles in primary mathematics education, for example classroom teachers, ASTs, advisors, independent consultants, researchers, teacher educators, members of primary school senior management team, etc.

The role of the group is to:

  • consider, and respond to, issues related to the primary mathematics curriculum on behalf of the Associations’ membership;

  • consider aspects of mathematical pedagogy and generate and disseminate ideas for mathematically rich classroom activities and trainers in initial teacher training (for example through the Associations’ publications)

  • prepare position papers on issues relevant to the mathematics curriculum;

  • promote the Associations’ publications;

  • consider how to make it more feasible for primary teachers/schools to become members of a subject association;

  • consider the training needs of primary teachers.

Any member of MA or ATM who has a passion for the teaching and learning of primary mathematics is welcome to join. Please contact the Chair Alison Borthwick for further information.

Primary Maths Challenge

Primary Mathematics Challenge

The PMC is a nationwide challenge for pupils who want to get involved in some interesting and stimulating mathematics. Aimed at the top 60% of pupils in Years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland, the PMC is taken by tens of thousands of children each year.