The Council of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association, guided by its membership, has formulated responses to proposed changes in education.
On the 10th September 2012, the IMTA Council encouraged all of its Branches to hold an open forum meeting where all maths teachers in their catchment area were invited to investigate ways to contribute to the experience-based evolution of Project Maths. The findings which emerged from these meetings were coordinated by the executive and formed the basis of the IMTA submission to all partners involved in the curriculum reform.
The NCCA invited interested parties to express views on the ‘Background Paper and Brief for the Review of Applied Mathematics’. The generation of the background paper and brief provides a background to the development of a specification to replace ‘Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics’. The consultation process closed on 19 December, 2014. A subcommittee of the IMTA formulated a response to the background paper and submitted it as part of the consultation process.
In May 2015, The Teaching Council produced Cosán, the Council’s draft national framework for teachers’ learning (CPD). A subcommittee of the National Council of the IMTA was formed and formulated a response, which was ratified by the full Council and submitted in September 2015.
Each year in June, IMTA branches meet around the country and discuss the certificate examinations. A report is then submitted to the Council where all the feedback is collated and a response from the IMTA is formulated and sent the State Examinations Commission.