Joint Mathematical Council
The OR Society is a Participating Society on the Joint Mathematical Council
(JMC) of the United Kingdom. JMC was formed in 1963 to 'provide coordination
between the Constituent Societies and generally to promote the advancement
of mathematics and the improvement of the teaching of mathematics’. In pursuance
of this, the JMC serves as a forum for discussion between societies and for
making representations to government and other bodies and responses to their
enquiries. It is concerned with all aspects of mathematics at all levels from
primary to higher education. It meets three times each year to enable updating,
responses to issues and discussion between Participating Societies and Observers.
It sets up working parties to examine topics further as required. For more
details about JMC, click here www.jmcuk.org.uk.
Currently JMC has 17 participating societies (mainly bodies directly concerned
with mathematics and its teaching) and also 14 observers, including bodies
with a wider remit (such as the Royal Society).
In 2002, JMC, working with the Royal Society, formed ACME (the Advisory Committee
on Mathematics Education). ACME enables an effective and constructive partnership
between Government and the mathematics community. ACME aims to inform and advise
the Department for Education (DfE) in order to assist in its drive to raise
standards and promote mathematics at all levels within education. It seeks
to complement and enhance, rather than replace, consultative procedures and
aims for positive progress rather than routine opposition to change.