Principal Teacher of Maths: National Conference

13th March 2020
High School of Glasgow (G13 1PL)

Leading mathematics in a school means being at the forefront of the discussion around mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge. It is vital that those leading maths teams are engaged with the latest thinking and evidence around effective practices in mathematics education as well as being able to draw on the canon on knowledge we hold as a profession. Join us in Glasgow on Friday, 13 March 2020 for a chance to hear from researchers, mathematics education experts and fellow mathematics leaders from schools across the country as we debate and explore a range of issues in mathematics teaching and learning.

As ever, delegates will come away from the conference with new insight into what makes for the most impactful teaching in the maths classroom, practices and strategies that can be implemented straightaway back at school, and an increased network of fellow Principal Teachers of Maths who are supporting and learning from each other throughout the year.

Our Principal Teacher of Maths conference is always a good mix of thought-provoking input from colleagues, time for discussion and networking, and opportunities to contribute to the debate. The conference is suitable for anyone with responsibility for leading the full mathematics team or areas of mathematics (such as curriculum leaders) in a school or college currently or those aspiring to do so in the near future.

Leading outstanding learning in mathematics...

Our key focus as Principal Teachers or Heads of Maths is to ensure that all students have a great learning experience.

The conference will focus on having real impact in the classroom, with a range of thought provoking sessions from: Chris McGrane (@ChrisMcGrane84), Siobhan McKenna (@ShivMcKenna55), Kevin Simpson and Gary Lamb (@Garyl82).

Delegates will leave the day with lots of examples to take back to school as well as practical advice on implementation and leading change.

Sign up today and join a day of thought provoking debate, networking and practical hints and tips.

  • Time

  • 09:15 - 09:30

  • 09:30 - 09:40

    Welcome and Introduction
  • 09:40 - 10:30

    Gary Lamb – Building a better BGE
  • 10:30 - 11:20

    Kevin Simpson – Teaching mixed ability in S1/2
  • 11:20 - 11:35

    Networking Break
  • 11:35 - 12:25

    Siobhan McKenna – Raising Understanding, Raising Attainment
  • 12:25 - 13:00

    Lunch and Networking
  • 13:00 - 13:50

    Chris McGrane – Developing Algebraic Thinking
  • 13:50 - 14:40

    Andy Brown, Stephen Shields, Nanette Brotherwood - Building the conditions for explicit connections
  • 14:40 - 14:50

    Closing Remarks

Building a better BGE - Gary Lamb

Algebra tiles, Cuisenaire Rods, bar models, Dienes blocks - the list goes on, but why do we use them? We need to ensure our curricula are not only coherent Mathematically, but also didactically sensible. In this session we will look at why we use manipulatives and how careful planning and sequencing is key to better learning.

Teaching mixed ability mathematics in S1/S2 - Kevin Simpson

We are not experts! Nor do not have all the answers! The session is not intended to tell people how to teach mixed ability. Instead it is a look at the journey we have been on in changing our S1/S2 course from set classes to mixed ability classes at Bucksburn Academy. We will discuss: our reasons for changing from set classes; what impact we feel it has had on the pupils; how we differentiate resources and how we use those materials; how it has impacted on our general practice in our S3 – S6 classes; what issues we have faced and what challenges lie ahead. This session is perfect for secondary school mathematics teachers, departments that teach mixed ability looking at how other implement it, departments interested in changing to mixed ability and teachers interested in differentiating material in classes (set or otherwise).

Raising Understanding, Raising Attainment - Sióbhán McKenna

This session will look at a few ingredients of the recipe for raising attainment. I will also take you on our pupils' journey of using the grid method instead of synthetic division at Higher level and of bar modelling for ratio in the BGE.

Developing Algebraic Thinking - Chris McGrane

This session will consider implications in curriculum design and pedagogical choices related to developing deeper understanding in algebra.

Building the conditions for explicit connections - Andy Brown, Stephen Shields, Nanette Brotherwood

This session will consider how, as subject leaders, we can support learners and teachers to build connections both within and outwith mathematics.


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