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.


Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change

We will consider why this topic has been identified in the new GCSE as a separate content area and why proportional reasoning is so important in mathematics through all key stages.

We will consider the following questions:
  • What are the micro skills we need to teach and how can students break complex problems down so they can apply these micro skills?
  • How do we support students in problem solving, and working out what to do when they initially feel stuck?
  • How do we teach so students understand a concept that they can flexibly apply to problem solving, rather than just learning a process?
The session will give time for teachers to try problems using multiple approaches and look at the implications for their teaching.

This workshop will be led by Roger Ray, an AQA maths advocate, with 42 years of experience in Maths teaching.

Variation Theory

Meanings are acquired from experiencing difference against a background of sameness, rather than from experiencing sameness against a background of difference.” (Marton and Pang, 2013)

Professor Ference Marton developed Variation Theory as a way of framing learning. Teachers identify the aspects of the lesson content that is critical for students’ understanding and use patterns of variation in these critical aspects to help students to discern differences, which increases opportunities for ‘meaning making.

Learning takes places when there is difference against a background of sameness, so identifying the critical aspects in the lesson content, and establishing a pattern of variation, should be the starting point for planning.

The aim is to plan for pupils to learn the desired concepts from a pattern of variation.

In this workshop, Mark McCourt will explore examples of Variation Theory in teaching mathematics and the importance of creating multiple opportunities for pupils to ‘meaning make’.

How to develop mathematical thinking through multiple representations

Recognising the power of multiple representations is essential in helping pupils to develop both conceptual and procedural understanding.

During the workshop we will provide you with the opportunities to explore the use of multiple representations through problem solving activities.

With access to manipulatives, engaging discussion, and an opportunity to reflect on your own experience with manipulatives and other representations, we hope that you will find a new perspective on how you and your pupils might engage with areas of mathematics often taught with an over-emphasis on procedural learning.

Outline Programme:

  • Time

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Welcome and Keynote
  • 10:30 - 11:30

    Workshop 1
  • 11:30 - 12:30

    Workshop 2
  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Lunch (delegates bring a packed lunch)
  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Workshop 3
  • 14:00 - 14:30


Locations and Dates:

Focus School - Hindhead Campus, Surrey, GU26 6SJ

Solihull College, B91 1SB

Manchester Enterprise Academy, M22 9RH

Monday, 27th November

Tuesday, 28th November

Wednesday, 29th November

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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