Creative Mathematics


We want pupils to become creative problem solvers. In order to be creative with mathematics, pupils need to draw on and make connections across multiple areas of mathematics. When pupils have a sophisticated schema of mathematical knowledge and that knowledge has been taught in such a way that ‘far transfer’ is truly possible, they are able to use mathematical techniques and ideas like tools: applying them in a variety of scenarios and attacking problems with confidence and the underpinning knowledge necessary to find interesting and useful solutions.

Mathematics is like a universe of interconnected ‘webs of ideas’, with each web made up of individual techniques. Each of the techniques that pupils meet along the way is a doorway to profound and awe-inspiring mathematics. Solving problems makes no sense as a separate activity, but only as an integral part for all pupils of learning to use each technique in its full complexity – which is what is needed if those techniques are to support subsequent mathematics and if pupils are to truly be able to be creative.


In this full day course, we will work together on a range of mathematical problems that require a creative approach to solve. Thinking creatively is intellectually stimulating, exciting and joyful. We will look at ways to bring opportunities for ‘behaving mathematically’ into the classroom so that all pupils of all ages have regular chances to experience the joy that comes from overcoming mathematical challenges and really getting to grips with how mathematics works.

Example Programme

  • 10:00   Introduction to connected knowledge schemata
  • 10:30   Creativity in mathematics
  • 11:00   Scheduling creative tasks
  • 11:30   Working on tasks together
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Working on tasks together
  • 14:30   Review and planning for classroom practice
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An understanding of how to build connected pupil knowledge that can be used to address creative problems
  • A series of tasks that can be used immediately in the classroom, which lead to creative thinking and mathematical behaviour
  • An outline of how to schedule creative mathematics to ensure all pupils have regular opportunities to behave mathematically

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Maths Subject Leaders

Your Course Leaders

Mark McCourt

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

Chris McGrane

Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland.

Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan has been teaching Maths in secondary schools since completing his PGCE in 2005. Before becoming a Mathematics Lead for La Salle, he was a successful head of department at Leeds City Academy for over five years and continues to work there as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics.

Over the past decade, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the maths community by the creation of several well-known websites, most notably MathsBot, used by millions of teachers and students each year.

Jonathan has regularly presented at local and national conferences where he shares his both experiences and ideas from the classroom and the resources he creates. He is a keen Twitter user and is often posting new resources or updates to existing ones based on feedback from the maths community.

Locations and Dates:

  • Glasgow

    The High School of Glasgow (G13 1PL)

    Wednesday, 26th February 2020

  • Edinburgh

    The Edinburgh Academy (EH3 5BL)

    Thursday, 27th February 2020

  • Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Grammar School (AB10 1HT)

    Thursday, 23rd April 2020

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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