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.

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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!

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Course Leader - 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. The work was been hailed as sector leading, while attainment improved over this time. Chris is an avid reader of literature relating to mathematics education and has shared both this learning and practice from his own classroom regularly at conferences, where has been a popular speaker. Chris has appeared on recent episodes of Craig Barton’s podcast and is scheduled to appear for an extended interview in the coming year.

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 Chris is the lead of the Glasgow branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), which regularly puts on events with expert speakers. Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

*We cannot guarantee which of the workshop leaders will run this course.

Locations and Dates:

  • Edinburgh

    Venue TBA

    Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

  • Inverness

    Venue TBA

    Friday, 1st November 2019

Course Fees



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



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