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Mathematics Education Group

Promoting research-informed teaching practice in the field of mathematics education and supporting the development of young researchers, from early years to university level.

The Mathematics Education Group (MEG) is one of the largest groups of mathematics education researchers in the UK.

We are interested in exploring the processes involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics, developing, evaluating and enhancing pedagogical practices, in an effort to broaden and enrich the mathematics education research field and promote research informed practices.

About us

What we do

Every member in the MEG is involved in a variety of research topics that explore the teaching and learning of mathematics and analyse pedagogical practice aimed at enriching the mathematics teaching and learning.

We are also involved in teaching, such as the Initial Teacher Education programmes and Master’s courses and modules across IOE, running Continuous Professional Development sessions for mathematics teachers and promoting research informed practice.

Part of our mission is to offer high quality teaching, while providing high-quality student support, but also develop our postgraduate students’ research skills in the field of mathematics education.

For more information:

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Our Special Interest Group (SIG) for Mathematics Education is a forum to support those engaged in research, teacher education and curricular design within the field of mathematics education.

Our main activities are:

  •  informal talks and reading groups, to share information and build a dialogue of constructive criticism
  • a seminar programme, attracting leading researchers in mathematics education
  • supporting members in the process of writing research proposals and seeking funding for research.

Who can join us?

Most group members are based at IOE. But academics and research students working in the field of Mathematics Education, from anywhere in the world, can join. Membership is free and there is no joining procedure. Just turn up to our events and follow our blog, when you can.

Calendar and further information

For additional information and the calendar of past and future events please visit our weebly page:

Who is the group coordinator?

Our group is jointly coordinated by Dr Nicola Bretscher and Dr Helen Thouless. For more information, please contact Nicola at n.bretscher@ucl.ac.uk and/or Helen at h.thouless@ucl.ac.uk

Our research


Our members currently research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Digital Technology in mathematics education
  • Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Training and School-based Mentor Training
  • Instructional and Task Design
  • Curriculum Resources and Curriculum Change
  • Mathematics Discourse
  • Teaching mathematics to pupils with special educational needs
  • Equity and Social Justice in mathematics teaching
  • Design, creation and use of Assessment strategies.

Our MEG members are involved in a number of research projects - please check individual team profiles linked above for detail.

Some of the projects include:

Study with us

Postgraduate studies


If you are interested in studying with us to qualify as a mathematics teacher, please see: 


If you are a graduate student, looking into carrying out a Master’s Degree, please see:

PhD and EdD

If you are looking for applying for an EdD or a PhD degree, please submit your 'Expression of Interest' with a title and a short project proposal of approximately 500 words, stating a potential supervisor or a supervisory team of up to three supervisors from our group, by email meg@ucl.ac.uk.

If you are interested in carrying out an MPhil/PhD degree at our IOE’s Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department, you will find more information on:

If you are interested in carrying out an EdD degree at our IOE’s Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department, you will find more information on:

For more information regarding how to apply for graduate research degrees, please visit:

For more information on how to find a supervisor, please see:


      Professional development

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