Designing Mathematical Tasks for Improving Learning

Task selection and use are fundamental in bringing about effective learning in the mathematics classroom. Designing tasks that improve learning not only enhances teachers’ awareness of the characteristics of effective tasks but also deepens their own subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge.


In this workshop, we will design a range of tasks collaboratively, debating and iterating each proposal, considering best evidence and planning for the impact the task will have in the classroom.

The session will also include discourse on how to design tasks for maximum gains in learning, how to identify likely pitfalls in tasks, and how to draw on research findings to make more informed choices when building tasks.

This workshop is suitable for all teachers of mathematics, but will be particularly useful to those who currently lead or are planning to lead mathematics in their school or college.

Course Leader - 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!

Locations and Dates:

  • Southampton

    Cantell School (SO16 3GJ)

    Monday, 4th February 2019

  • Cambridge

    Cambridge Academic Partnership (CB1 3RJ)

    Wednesday,6th February 2019

  • Leeds

    Leeds City Academy (LS6 2LG)

    Thursday, 7th February 2019

  • Middlesbrough

    Acklam Grange School (TS5 8PB)

    Friday, 8th February 2019

  • Glasgow

    The High School of Glasgow (G13 1PL)

    Thursday, 21st February 2019

  • Aberdeen

    Friday, 22nd February 2019

Course Fees



After the first delegate, any subsequent delegates are only charged £80



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