Centre for Research in Mathematics Education (CRME)
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The Centre for Research in Mathematics Education (CRME) is internationally known for the quality of its research and design on mathematics education policies, curricula, assessment, CPD and classroom practice. 

Its particular strength lies in its emphasis on designing and analysing processes, products and experiences with and for teachers and learners.

This centre incorporates and continues the internationally recognised work of the Shell Centre for Mathematics Education and the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS)

Centre for Research in Mathematics Education

Centre for Research in
Mathematics Education


As part of its long-term work to raise standards in the design of educational materials and processes, the centre has worked with others to set up and develop the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE). The e-journal Educational Designer, based at the centre, is a key element in increasing the impact of the society's work.

The centre's current research agenda has four interrelated themes and each research project addresses several. These are:

Policy and Equity

How can we analyse, theorise and influence policy formation and implementation processes considering issues of participation, curriculum and assessment, CPD and pedagogy? How can we understand 'who gets what mathematics?' focusing on learner experiences, engagement, outcomes and trajectories? 

Curriculum and Assessment

How can we design classroom learning experiences that develop the full intended range of concepts, skills and problem solving processes in a form that motivates students and encourages mathematical thinking? How can we assess the intended variety of mathematical performances in a holistic form that provides access to students of all abilities and backgrounds? What are the affordances and constraints of using technology in the assessment of mathematics? 

Continuing Professional Development

What models of CPD exist and what is their purpose? What are the effects of existing CPD products and programs on teachers' practices and beliefs? What support do teachers need to help them implement new developments in curriculum, assessment and pedagogies? How can technology - such as multimedia, the internet and social networking - contribute to CPD programmes? 


What role do tasks play in developing mathematical reasoning? What constitutes 'effective' pedagogies? What is the range of pedagogical strategies and skills needed to enable students to develop the intended variety of mathematical thinking and performance? How do teachers' classroom practices develop from novice skills through routine expertise to adaptive expertise?


CRME news


Designed to improve GCSE re-sit results in mathematics.
08 March 2018

QS World University Rankings by Subject

School of Education ranked 4th in UK
05 March 2018

School of Education staff to speak at MEI maths teachers' conference

Professor Andrew Noyes and Dr Diane Dalby will be speaking on 30 June
30 January 2018

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CRME events

UK Participatory Research Network event

12 April 2018 (10:00-16:00)
C45, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
For people who undertake, or are interested in, all forms of participatory research

Dynamic technology for dynamic mathematics: desirable teacher knowledge and practice

10 May 2018 (16:30-18:00)
A35, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
This is a Centre for Research in Mathematics Education seminar

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Centre for Research in Mathematics Education

School of Education
University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

+44 (0)115 951 4543