Problem Solving: Enquiry and Inquiry


Join us for an exciting day, where we will look at a range of interesting problems from across the school curriculum (primary and secondary) to explore how to foster problem solving and inquiry in pupils. It is in problem solving and doing inquiry that pupils begin to behave like actual mathematicians.


The session will consider ways of ensuring problem solving is not a 'bolt on', but is well planned and scheduled to complement and enhance a rich experience of learning mathematics.

Example Programme

  • 10:00   Creating the conditions
  • 11:00   Behaving Mathematically
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Inquiry
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An understanding of how to develop problem solving competences in pupils
  • The ability to create the conditions for pupils success in engaging with problems
  • An understanding of how to develop inquiry in mathematics lessons

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • 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:

  • Manchester

    Manchester Communication Academy (M40 8NT)

    Thursday, 6th February 2020

  • Norwich

    Venue TBA

    Monday, 2nd March 2020

  • London

    Turnham Academy (SE4 2HH)

    Tuesday, 3rd March 2020

  • Southampton

    Venue TBA

    Wednesday, 4th March 2020

  • York

    Venue TBA

    Thursday, 5th March 2020

  • Loughborough

    Venue TBA

    Friday, 6th March 2020

  • Exeter

    West Exe School (EX2 9JU)

    Tuesday, 10th March 2020

  • Birmingham

    City Academy Birmingham (B15 2EF)

    Wednesday, 11th March 2020

  • Inverness

    Inverness High School (IV3 5DZ)

    Friday, 15th May 2020

Course Fees

Full Day

£140 / 80


£50 / 40

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



All Complete Mathematics members benefit from free access to courses and conferences from La Salle Education

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