Join hundreds of maths teachers from primary, secondary and FE at the UK's largest events. Network. Learn. Share. Have fun!
MathsConf is all about teachers learning from each other, sharing what they've learnt in their classrooms and through their research. We welcome MathsConf workshops on a variety of topics from a variety of presenters - from primary to FE and beyond.
If you'd like to lead a workshop submit your proposal here.
Best-selling author Simon Singh outlines three current projects that he has pioneered in the UK, aimed at encouraging more students to achieve excellence in maths from Year 7 upwards. The Parallel Project offers free online maths worksheets each weekend, which are automatically marked and which are designed to stretch the most ambitious and able students. Parallel is freely available to all schools, just like his second project, Who Wants To Be A Mathematician, which is a maths competition aimed at 6th formers. And the Top-Top Set Maths Project currently works with a dozen schools to subsidise an additional maths set (beyond the normal top set), with the intention of consistently stretching the keenest maths students from Year 7 upwards.
Simon Singh completed a PhD in particle physics before becoming a TV producer and authoring “Fermat’s last Theorem”, the first maths book to become a No.1 bestseller in the UK. His other books include “The Code Book” and “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets”. He has also presented maths programmes on BBC radio and TV.
Part of the @HowWeTeachIt team, consisting of two Maths teachers, one primary trained, and one secondary trained. Our aim is to change the way Maths is taught at Years 7 and 8 - often the forgotten year groups - with our "Do It" (Fluency), "Twist It" (Reasoning) and "Deepen It" (Problem Solving) format to all of our Maths lessons. This workshop will focus on this and how this links to Mathematics mastery, plus extras! And there will be opportunities for you to work through some interesting "Deepen It" problems!
Matthew entered teaching by studying for a PGDipEd at the University of Birmingham.
Since then, he has been teacher of Mathematics at a comprehensive secondary school in South West Birmingham for the past five years. He has worked closely with many colleagues, most notably Mel from @Just_Maths and James from @HowWeTeachIt.
Modelling is one the "Overarching Themes" of both the new A-Levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. In this workshop we shall discuss some practical situations and derive associated differential equation models. We will then explore analytical and numerical solutions to these, taking in techniques from A-Level Maths, A-Level Further Maths and beyond.
Following completion of a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Tom Bennison is pursuing a career in teaching and is now a second in Mathematics in an 11-18 academy in Derbyshire and the Level 3 Lead for the East Midlands West MathsHub. He regularly presents at conferences and Teacher events across the UK. With experience of teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and school students he is keen to support other teachers deliver A-Level Mathematics and enrich and extend the experience their students have in the classroom. The introduction of the new syllabus is an opportunity to expose students to mathematics; not just past exam questions. Exposing the beauty of mathematics to students is important and he believes the use of technology in the classroom is an extremely powerful tool for this. He advocates the use of interactive activities alongside the more traditional exercises to develop understanding and intuition amongst students. He is also one of the editors for the Tarquin Group A-Level series.
Currently a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham. He has seven years of lecturing experience; teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics and engineering students. As somebody who has worked both within mathematics and engineering departments and closely with industrial collaborators, he is well placed to understand what Universities are looking for from those applying to study STEM subjects. He is one of two editors for the Tarquin Group A-Level Mathematics series of books and resources.
Many schools and departments are feeling pressured in a world of increasing scrutiny and accountability. This has, in many cases, led to increases in teacher workload and often reductions in teacher wellbeing. This session will explore ways that departments, and individuals, can maximise impact whilst minimising effort. The session will look into ways to improve both personal and departmental productivity in an attempt to achieve greater long-term sustainable development.
Ed is currently the Head of Maths at Hanham Woods Academy, Bristol.
He has also recently completed his Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Bristol alongside his teaching.
Does any concept cause more issues for pupils than division? Professor Anne Watson calls division a "dragon" which pupils can struggle to slay. This workshop looks at possible reasons for the difficulties division causes for our pupils, and how we can support pupils with understanding division.
Peter is a secondary maths SLE, an NCETM accredited professional development lead and author of the book “Visible Maths” which explores the use of representation and structure in teaching mathematics. Peter is Director of Learning for Mathematics and Whole School Numeracy at an 11 to 16 school in Leicestershire. Peter also works as the Secondary Teaching for Mastery Lead for the East Midlands South Maths Hub. This role involves working with teachers in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire to develop approaches to teaching for mathematical understanding.
Unit conversions come up surprisingly often in GCSE exams, but these questions are rarely answered as well as they should be. What is it that's stopping students from being able to perform straightforward conversions?
In this session we'll look at unit conversions in depth. We'll examine misconceptions, resources and approaches. We'll consider whether we can learn anything from looking at how units were converted in maths lessons 100 years ago, when the procedure was called 'reduction ascending' and 'reduction descending'.
In this workshop you'll also learn an exciting new method which isn't widely used but might make unit conversions an absolute doddle for all your students.
Jo is a maths teacher at Harris Federation in London. She writes the website resourceaholic.com where she shares teaching ideas and resources for secondary mathematics. Jo is a member of the TES Maths Panel and AQA Expert Panel, a regular guest on Mr Barton's podcast and an enthusiastic collector of old maths textbooks.
What is Atomisation? Is it the next big fad?
Atomisation is the process of breaking down a topic into its sub-tasks.
In this session, we will go through the process of atomisation in respect to teaching the topic of angles on parallel lines, break down the topic being taught into component skills, and plan worked examples and practice exercises to allow the highest percentage of your pupils to understand the concept being taught, on the first teaching attempt.
Naveen entered teaching profession via The Leadership and Development programme (LDP) with Teach First in 2013. She started her career in a South-Manchester all-girls school. She then joined Michaela Community School in 2015 to develop her teaching, and understanding of curriculum design.
In 2017, Naveen joined Great Yarmouth Charter Academy to work alongside famous Headmaster Barry Smith who successfully turned around the teaching and behaviour in the school, the first set of GCSE results were almost double the academy’s predecessor school.
In 2018, Naveen joined United Learning as a Curriculum Advisor. Her role is to create curriculum resources for the Year 7 and Year 8 curriculum for all 35 schools in the trust. The resources created using the components of Direct Instruction and Variation Theory.
One of the biggest challenges many students face is recalling information and processes, especially under exam pressure. This workshop will explore strategies based on cognitive science which aim to address this issue. The session will combine research insights with practical ideas to enhance student recall through the use of throwback activities in and out of the classroom.
Erika is currently the Deputy Head of Maths at Sawston Village College in Cambridgeshire. She is also completing a Masters in Education at the University of Warwick, researching strategies to enhance student recall and memory in maths.
Changing the subject of a formula is a key part of secondary school mathematics, and yet it's a topic that so many students struggle to master. Some techniques like 'flipping' can cause misconceptions. Function machines break down when the rearrangement has to deal with the subject on both sides.
There must surely be a way that is consistent and works every time? This technique builds on Kris Boulton's techniques of Direction Instruction and Atomisation from the conference in Birmingham to create a faultless approach to changing the subject of a formula. Students can struggle with changing the subject of a formula because they get confused the method that has to be applied. This 'new' technique aims to eradicate that struggle.
Joe is an enthusiastic maths teacher and is passionate about finding improved ways of teaching the mathematics curriculum. Currently, Joe works as a mathematics teacher in Sutton Coldfield.
He is interested in the use of Variation Theory and Atomisation inside of the classroom. Joe has helped to build the material that is currently available on the Variation Theory website of Craig Barton, including most of the A-level material.
At each conference, we ask delegates to bring along their favourite resources, ideas, hints and tips. Everyone has 90 seconds to tell a colleague about their idea, before swapping and hearing from them.
There is usually time for five or six 'dates', so be ready to spread the word about what is making your classroom buzz right now.
Feel free to bring handouts, weblinks, etc.
Lots of us help each other out on Twitter. We give advice, support or just share jokes and experiences. But who are the people behind the Twitter handles? That's what a Tweetup is all about - a meet up for Twitter friends, putting faces to names or pseudonyms. Come along to the bonus session during the lunch break and say hello to the maths teacher Twitterati.
Be sure to identify yourself in some way! Surely someone will at least get a t-shirt made?!
You are welcome to join in and get stuck in to doing some maths.
This is an informal session - drop in as you like.
Our cake competition is always a highlight of the day. Dozens of delegates battle it out to be crowned the winner of the maths-themed cake bake-off.
Cakes are judged at lunchtime by our guest speaker and prizes awarded at the end of the day.
Be sure to visit the cake stands to see your colleagues' handywork. And, of course, to sample the cakes for yourself! They are delicious!