Embedding Problem Solving in the Mathematics Classroom


We want all pupils to have opportunities to behave mathematically. Our problem solving day will explore a range of intriguing problems and mathematical models that can be embedded in the curriculum for pupils to work on once they have the required underpinning knowledge and ideas.


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   What does effective problem solving look like and how does this differ from discovery learning? What does the evidence say and how can we use research findings to bring about better pedagogies and practice?
  • 11:00   Prompts, questions, tasks and scenarios carefully designed to lead to gains in learning
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Planning for structured problem solving and embedding in practice
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An understanding of how to provide opportunites for problem solving.
  • How to adapt existing tasks to generate problem solving activity.
  • How to phase learning epsidoes so that pupils are ready and able to solve the problems presented to them.

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 https://chrismcgrane.blogspot.com/. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website http://startingpointsmaths.blogspot.com/ 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:

  • Coming Soon

    Venue TBA

Course Fees

£140 / 80

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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