Five Mathematical Associations

Anyone who wants to teach mathematics well needs to know about (and preferably ‘belong to’) at least one of these associations…


The Association of Teachers of Mathematics was established in 1950 to encourage the development of mathematics education such that it is more closely related to the needs of the learner. The ATM is governed by its General Council.

There are about 4 000 members – mainly teachers in primary and secondary schools. It is a registered charity and all profits from subscriptions and trading are re-invested into mathematics education. The ATM provides opportunities to bring together all concerned with mathematics education for all age ranges. It supports local branches, informal support networks, professional development and conferences. The Association of Teachers of Mathematics produces policy statements and publishes response to National and Government initiatives.


The Mathematical Association

The Mathematical Association exists to support and enhance Mathematics and the teaching and learning of Mathematics and its applications, and to provide opportunities for collaboration and communication between teachers and students of mathematics.

Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME)

The Royal Society hosts the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), which is the leading advisory body on 5-19 mathematics education in England.


The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics and its applications. The IMA exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good.


The Royal Statistical Society

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is one of the world’s most distinguished and renowned statistical societies.  It is both a learned society for statistics and a professional body for statisticians. It was founded in 1834 as the Statistical Society of London and became the Royal Statistical Society by Royal Charter in 1887.  Today the Society has more than 7000 members around the world, of whom some 1500 are professionally qualified as Chartered Statistician.  The RSS is active in a wide range of areas both directly and indirectly relevant to the study and application of statistics.