Join together in making maths better

The MTN is a collaboration between La Salle Education, AQA and Oxford University Press. The MTN provides regular, free professional development for teachers in primary and secondary schools.

Event Workshops

"Shape work and the wow factor", Roger Ray, AQA

Roger Ray

"Shape work and the wow factor"

Shape work should be fun, sneaking some maths into the process. This session will be very hands on making 2D and 3D shapes literally with a twist. No matter what phase you teach there will be something for you to wow your students and move them forward in their mathematical thinking.

"Teaching ratio and proportion using manipulative and bar model representations”, Bernie Westacott, OUP

We will examine the reasons why pupils find ratio and proportion challenging and how we can help them overcome these difficulties using manipulatives and representations, including the bar model. We will look at ways to help pupils transition from additive/subtractive reasoning to having a firm understanding of the multiplicative and proportional reasoning required. We will also work through a range of problems from UKS2 to GCSE.

Speaker Bio

Bernie Westacott taught maths in independent prepatory schools (ages 3 to 13) from 1973 to 2012. He introduced Singapore Maths into his school in 2006. During that time, he also worked with his school’s early years staff to develop their own EYFS maths programme.

Since retiring from full-time teaching (he still teaches 2 days a week), Bernie has worked as a consultant, both for Oxford University Press and independently. He has also provided Maths CPD abroad, including leading schools in India and South Korea. Bernie is very proud of the fact that he featured in Craig Barton’s vlog.

"Practical activities and mathematical games", Robert Smith, La Salle Education

Bringing a certain level of enjoyment and enthusiasm helps to develop confidence and fluency in mathematics. Help your students to develop an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life. This session will look at a variety of routine and non-routine problems. To reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.

Speaker Bio

Robert J Smith has been teaching maths for nearly 10 years and is currently the Maths Community Lead for La Salle Education.

Robert has been involved with the East Midlands Mathematics community since his Teacher Training days and has helped to lead and organise several CPD, Masterclass and engaging mathematics opportunities. These sessions have been for Teachers, Lecturers, Students (and their parents) and also those generally interested in Mathematics. Robert is involved with the East Midlands MA/ATM Branch and is currently based in Leicestershire, in the UK.

Example Programme:

  • Time

  • 9:45 - 10:00

    Arrival and Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Welcome by Host School

    Overview of Maths Teacher Network
  • 10:30 - 11:30

    AQA Workshop
  • 11:30 - 12:30

    OUP Workshop
  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Lunch and Networking

    (Delegates to bring a packed lunch)
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    La Salle Education Workshop
  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Plenary to include further Q&A

Locations and Dates:

  • Tuesday 3rd December

    North East
  • Wednesday 4th December

    West Midlands
  • Thursday 5th December

    South West
  • Tuesday 3rd March

    North West
  • Wednesday 4th March

    East of England
  • Thursday 5th March

    South East
  • Tuesday 7th July

  • Wednesday 8th July

    East Midlands
  • Thursday 9th July

    Yorkshire & the Humber

Event Fees


For everyone

Would you like to host an event?

Our MTN events are about the power of collaboration. We believe we are better when we come together and help each other. In this spirit, our regional events are hosted by volunteer schools. If you would like to host an event, please get in touch.

Hosting an event requires:

A main room or hall for workshops & plenary sessions
A member of your staff to deliver a 30 minute opening plenary
Somewhere we can eat our packed lunches together
If you can stretch to it, some tea, coffee and biscuits (we can help with costs if needed)
Your support and liaison up to and throughout the event
Energy and a willingness to share your expertise

Contact Us

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