Scottish Mathematical Council Achievement Award 2020 — nominations open!

Do you know an exceptional maths teacher or an inspirational leader in mathematics education, someone who has made a significant contribution to mathematics education locally or across Scotland over a period of time?

Then please nominate that person for the 2020 SMC Achievement Award by contacting the SMC Chair, Dr Chris Pritchard, by email at

Note: nominations should come from staff members rather than pupils. We’ve been inundated with nominations by pupils of some of their favourite teachers, which is a huge tribute to those teachers but  makes the job of the award panel very difficult!

SQA Understanding Standards events

The SQA are running a number of Understanding Standards events for Advanced Higher in the near future, which they have asked us to publicise. There are plenty of vacancies in particular for the Aberdeen and Inverness events. The dates are:

  • Advanced Higher Statistics – 26th February – Glasgow
  • Advanced Higher Mathematics of Mechanics – 5th March – Aberdeen
  • Advanced Higher Mathematics – 6th March – Edinburgh
  • Advanced Higher Mathematics of Mechanics – 7th March – Glasgow
  • Advanced Higher Mathematics – 12th March – Glasgow
  • Advanced Higher Mathematics – 13th March – Aberdeen
  • Advanced Higher Mathematics – 14th March – Inverness

Further details about Understanding Standards events can be found at

The current schedule of events can be found at

Booking is via

Carol Lyon: SMC Chair Designate

The Scottish Mathematical Council is delighted to announce that Carol Lyon will succeed Dr Chris Pritchard as Chair from 1 August 2019.

Carol LyonCarol is an exceptionally experienced primary specialist who has taught all stages and worked in a range of schools as a class teacher, principal teacher and staff tutor. In 2008, she was appointed Education Support Officer (Numeracy) with Angus Council. Following a short secondment to Education Scotland, she returned to Angus in 2015 as Schools & Learning Support Officer (STEM). Her current role of Schools & Learning Support Officer (Improvement) includes leading ‘a relentless focus of improving learning and teaching in numeracy’ across the Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative.

Carol has served on the SMC since 2015. She is the inaugural editor of the Scottish Mathematical Council Primary Journal and a member of the editorial team for the senior journal. Carol will be the first woman and the first primary specialist to chair the Council, and we hope that her appointment will send a further signal to primary teachers of the commitment of the SMC to support the learning and teaching of mathematics in primary schools.

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