Submissions & Advocacy

The Council of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association, guided by its membership, has formulated responses to proposed changes in education.

Submission to SEC on State Exam Papers 2023 in advance of Marking

Following branch meetings held on Monday June 23 2023, the National Council of the IMTA met on Tuesday June 13 2023. The following is the submission made to the SEC in advance of their marking conferences. Click here

Appearance at Oireachtas Education Committee on the Future of STEM Education

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Opening remarks to Oireachtas Education Committee on the Future of STEM Education can be read here

Submission to Oireachtas Education Committee on the Future of STEM Education

The IMTA was invited to make a submission to the Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, as part of the Committee’s examination of the Future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish Education.

Our submission includes a range of recommendations aimed at improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in post-primary education. We have focused on several key areas, including the need for greater support and resources for STEM teachers, have highlighted many issues of concern in relation to Junior and Leaving Certificate mathematics and encouraging diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, and the role of assessment in enhancing STEM education.

We believe that our recommendations, if implemented, can help to ensure that Ireland remains a world leader in STEM education and that our students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. The full document can be accessed here

Submission to SEC on State Exam Papers 2022 in advance of Marking

Following branch meetings held on Monday June 13 2022, the National Council of the IMTA met on Tuesday June 14 2022. The following is the submission made to the SEC in advance of their marking conferences. Click here

Submission to NCCA, SEC, DES & Minister Foley re Junior Cycle Review

This submission can be read here 

Letter to NCCA, SEC, Minister – IMTA Submission Junior Cycle Review

Response from NCCA to above letter – NCCA Response

Submission to NCCA, DES & Minister Foley re Senior Cycle Review 2022

This submission can be read here

Submission in advance of revised Assessment Arrangements 2021

In light of the decision to offer a choice of written examinations or an accredited grade for LC 2021,  the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association of Ireland, following a process of consultation with our membership, submitted the following letter to the SEC, Minister Norma Foley, the NCCA and the Inspectorate on March 3rd 2021. The letter can be read here

A summary of the IMTA survey can be read here

We received a response from the SEC on March 24th 2021. Its response can be read here

Assessment Arrangements State Examinations 2021 in light of Covid-19

The IMTA National Council submitted a letter to the SEC, Minister for Education, the Inspectorate and the NCCA on September 13 2020 outlining our concerns re Assessment Arrangements in mathematics for the 2021 State Examinations.

This letter can be viewed here

We received a response from the SEC on November 24 2020. Its response can be read here