St Edmund Campion School, Birmingham
Saturday, 13th October 2018

Join hundreds of maths teachers from primary, secondary and FE at the UK's largest events. Network. Learn. Share. Have fun!


The day is bursting with networking opportunities and workshop time. Delegates will leave with new ideas try and new people to share the results with.

Inspiring Speakers

Our workshop leaders and speakers have one thing in common: their love of mathematics education.

Speed Dating & Cakes

Networking and making new friends to collaborate with in the future are key aims of the event.


  • 08:30

    Arrival / Networking / Morning Refreshments / Exhibition
  • 09:30

    Welcome and introduction, Mark McCourt, Chief Executive, La Salle Education
    Welcome from Main Sponsor, Andrew Taylor, AQA
  • 09:50

    Speed Dating
  • 10:20

    Workshop 1
  • 11:20

    Coffee Break / Networking / Exhibition
  • 11:40

    Workshop 2
  • 12:40

    Lunch / Networking / Exhibition / Maths Cakes Competition / TweetUp and Do Some Maths
  • 13:40

    Workshop 3
  • 14:40

    Coffee Break / Networking / Exhibition
  • 15:00

    Workshop 4
  • 16:00

    Closing Remarks, Maths Cakes Competition Winners Announced, Prizes, Postcards and Farewells


More Workshops Coming Soon...

Want to Present a Workshop?


We welcome MathsConf workshops on a variety of topics from a variety of presenters - from primary to FE and beyond. Submit a proposal here

Is reality always kinder than the stories we tell about it? – Working with relatable real world data to motivate the less engaged


When will we ever use maths? Like every teacher on the planet I have heard this question countless times and while I obviously don’t attempt to make all topics ‘real world’ there are times when broadening the experience of maths can be a powerful tool in shifting attitudes.

During this lively and interactive workshop you will get the opportunity to explore your own perception of reality and compare it with real world data. We will look at how different presentations of data can make us feel. You will leave with ideas and tools for the classroom that will engage your students and help them to develop into questioning adults.

Catherine Van Saarloos @CoreMathsCat

Over her teaching career of 12 years Catherine has moved from Grammar to Comprehensive to FE. She has been Curriculum Team Leader, Level 3 Lead of Maths Hub NW3 and is now Core Maths Support and Development Coordinator with MEI but continues to teach GCSE Resit and Core Maths alongside this in college. She is passionate about encouraging society to have a more positive view of mathematics and delighted that she now gets to support teachers across England with the delivery of Core Maths.

Developing Excellence in Mathematics


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 @slsingh

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.

Literacy in Mathematics


The new Mathematics GCSE, with its increased focus on real world problem solving, demands higher literacy skills than ever before. It would be a great shame if we taught our students all the mathematical content and problem solving skills they needed and they didn't get the results they deserve because they couldn't understand the mathematical language used in the examination questions! In this presentation I will share ideas, strategies and resources that I have used to engage students and develop their literacy skills my lessons. I love developing literacy in Mathematics and hope I can inspire you to love it too!

Jo Locke @jolocke1

Jo has been teaching for over 10 years in a variety of roles including Director of Maths. Now safely back in her favourite role as Lead Practitioner at a large, mixed comprehensive school in Lincolnshire she loves talking about all aspects of teaching and learning and is very keen to hear from anyone else on twitter who shares her love of literacy in Mathematics

Kasparov's Law and Origami - Working with Technology to Solve Complex Problems


This workshop will explore how teachers can enable students to work with technology, developing strong processes to solve complex problems.

The problems will be created from origami models, dividing A4 paper into equal parts exactly and making various geometrical shapes.

This will be a hands-on practical session that will touch on some of the underlying mathematics with the help of technology and a discussion of Kasparov's Law, which gives a strong argument in support of why perhaps paper is good for origami and computers are better for calculations.

Andy Parkinson @andyparkinson31

Andy is an education adviser with the States of Jersey and an NCETM PD Accredited Lead. Previously teaching for over 25 years, a number as a Head of Mathematics in the UK and overseas.

He is committed to making mathematics more relevant to 21st learners by focussing on thinking and process.

He has folded more pieces of paper than the annual average revolutions of a fidget spinner and played more chess than Google's AlphaZero but not (yet) managed to learn as effectively.

Singapore Maths and Dyscalculia - The Perfect Match?


This workshop will explore how the approaches used in Singapore Maths can support learners with Dyscalculia and those with more general difficulties in mathematics. The session will look at how the concrete - pictorial - abstract approach can give learners a much deeper understanding of a concept and how to develop visualisation and number sense through techniques such as bar modelling and the number bond diagram. The session will identify the specific difficulties that dyscalculic learners have and highlight how to ameliorate these difficulties through development of the five core competencies in mathematics - namely visualisation, metacognition, generalisation, number sense and communication.

Judy Hornigold @dyscalculiainfo

Judy is an independent educational consultant specialising in dyscalculia and dyslexia and has been a Singapore Maths trainer, for UK based Maths No Problem since 2014. She is particularly passionate about the teaching of maths and of finding ways to support learners with dyscalculia and general maths learning difficulties.

Consequently, Judy has written the PGCert in Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties for Edge Hill University and an accredited dyscalculia course for the BDA.

Judy lectures on Inclusion for Edge Hill University and is an Associate Tutor for the BDA. She also delivers lectures and workshops throughout the UK and internationally. She has written several books on dyscalculia and maths generally, as well as a guide for parents of children with dyslexia.

The Use of Lego and Video as Part of Teaching, Learning and Assessment


This workshop will cover approaches using Lego to support low, middle and high ability students in their accessing and enjoyment of the learning of mathematics.

We will show how the use of Lego demonstrations makes clear explanations and makes work accessible for students through fun and creativity. We will also cover tailoring Lego based tasks to individual needs with differentiated success criteria.

I will also explain how I use YouTube videos of final displays as a way of formative verbal assessment, which can be viewed again for revision and recap of topics. (examples can be seen on Youtube "Martin Maths")

Martin McCutcheon @mrminutemaths

Maths teacher in Oxford. Loves Lego. and football. and travel. Previous career in Government gives ideas for application of mathematics in workplace.


Maths Cake Competition

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.

Happy dating!

TweetUp and do some maths!

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.

Maths Cake Competition

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!

Event Location - St Edmund Campion School

Event Supporters

'La Salle Education'
'Cambridge University Press'
'WJEC Eduqas'
'Pearson Education'
'Oxford University Press'
'Science Studio'
'Seneca Learning'
'Mathematical Assocation'

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