Edinburgh – Saturday 21st September, 2019


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

A Joint Conference from La Salle Education, ATM and MA

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM)

A membership organisation and registered charity, aims to encourage the development of mathematics education to be more closely related to the needs of the learner. We believe in supporting teachers with the resources to develop their mathematics teaching in creative and deep-thinking ways. The focus being to develop a creative and thinking approach in mathematics learners. The power to learn rests with the learner; the teacher has a duty to seek out ways to engage the power of the learner.

ATM examines approaches to teaching and explores new possibilities, whether deriving from research, from technological developments or from the imaginative and insightful ideas of others. Our professional circle of influence spans primary, secondary, tertiary teachers to student teachers and those overseas, consultants, academics and we actively welcome anyone interested in mathematics education.

As a member, you enjoy the support of a community network and access to professional development with regional branches and events taking place throughout the year. Our website is home to a wealth of member-only resources and activities, as well as a full back-catalogue of the well-respected Mathematics Journal. You can find out more about our flexible membership options here: https://www.

The Mathematical Association (MA)

The Mathematical Association exists to support and promote confidence and enjoyment in mathematics for all, and especially young people. We do this through interacting with teachers and others, including young people themselves, via our publications and resources, workshops, conferences, professional development provision, nationwide branches, and interactions with the media. We work to influence mathematics education policy in evidence-based ways that support the development of a mathematically-enabled confident and interested population. Our journals include The Mathematical Gazette, Mathematics in Schools, Primary Mathematics, SYMmetryplus, Mathematical Pie and MA News.

Members of The Mathematical Association include teachers and other education professionals, mathematicians, students, parents, employers and others, largely in the UK but across the world. We are the oldest established subject association in the UK, having been founded in 1871 as the 'Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching’.

Details of all our publications and membership can be found at

Example Programme

  • 08:30

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

    Welcome and introduction, Mark McCourt, Chief Executive, La Salle Education, Keynote Speaker
  • 10:10

    Speed Dating - Your chance to share your favourite maths ideas
  • 10:40

    Workshop 1
  • 11:30

    Coffee Break / Networking / Exhibition
  • 11:50

    Workshop 2
  • 12:40

    Workshop 3
  • 13:30

    Lunch / Networking / Exhibition / Maths Cakes Competition
  • 14:30

    Workshop 4
  • 15:20

    Coffee Break / Networking / Exhibition
  • 15:40

    Workshop 5
  • 16:20

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


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.

Dating & Cakes

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


Want to Present a Workshop?

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.

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Using Microsoft Tools on Glow


This workshop will give an introduction to the various Microsoft tools available through Glow, particularly OneNote, Teams, Forms and Sway. This workshop is suitable for beginners and will also provide opportunities for those who use these tools already to share their best ideas for using these digital technologies in the classroom.

Michael Allan @mrallanmaths

Michael is PT Mathematics at Bertha Park High School in Perth and Kinross. Michael previously taught at Glenrothes High School in Fife. As a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Michael has delivered training on using Microsoft technology at school, Local Authority and National events.

Rekenrek 101


This hands-on workshop is a must see. You will be introduced to the most versatile, visual, concrete manipulative that will change the way you feel about using the CPA approach in KS1 and KS2.

This packed, one hour session will transform the way you teach the times tables, mental maths, addition and subtraction, not to mention fractions and percentages. You will be shocked and amazed at how this one tool can be the mess-free answer to children developing a deeper understanding of so many concepts. Join in on the rekenrek workshop and you too will be singing the praises of this simple tool.

Amy How @rekenrek101

Amy is a Canadian who moved to the UK to pursue her dream of spreading the word globally on using the rekenrek. She has been a Primary teacher for 17 years in Canada as well as at an International school in the Netherlands. She has a Masters degree in Education and has taught Bachelor of Education maths courses at Acadia University. Amy is an author, presenter, primary maths specialist, SLE and university professor. She has an infectious passion and enthusiasm for teaching and will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the presentation.

Putting the M in STEM


The aim of this workshop is to share developed resources and approaches that have been used to support the development of first and second level E+Os for numeracy / mathematics within STEM+ contexts for learning.

This work has been developed by West Dunbartonshire as part of their SAC “Step Up” project, where the aim is to raise attainment in numeracy for a group of predominately SIMD1 and 2 young people, alongside building resilience, confidence and self-esteem in preparation for the transition to secondary school.

Siobhain Kelly @vonnie_32

Mastering mastery - making the cycle work!


Using the mastery cycle seems a straightforward process - or is it? In this workshop we will look how to use the mastery cycle in a real school, with real classes. We shall focus on the logistics of correctives and enrichment, what to do when teaching wasn’t impactful the first time and what does assessment actually look like. Throughout the workshop, clear links to evidence, resources and curriculum are made to ensure the best possible foundations are in place to implement a mastery model.

In a mastery model of learning, everything relies on pre-requisites. Hence we must gain a deep insight into whether pupils are ready to begin learning the new ‘unit’ of work. Assessment, both summative and formative play a clear role in all of this and in the workshop we examine how we have made this work at St Andrew’s. Mastery is not, repeating until we get it right!

Gary Lamb @garyl82

Gary has taught for over a decade in four different schools and is now Principal Teacher in St Andrew's Academy, and has been so for the past four years. All of the schools have been in significant areas of deprivation and a wealth of knowledge and experience has been gained from this.

Gary has a keen interest in mastery and effective mathematics pedagogy and currently working with his department to implement a mastery model of learning to ensure every pupil achieves.

A Twit Review of Inquiry vs Explicit Instruction


When asked difficult questions about 'opposite' approaches in mathematics education, I think many of us - myself included - have been guilty of stating that a balanced approach is necessary, as though the question required no further analysis. The aim of this workshop is to analyse the inquiry vs explicit instruction debate to continue to deepen our understanding of the intricacies of teaching and learning.

Instead of a 'Lit review', I've called this a 'Twit review' of the research, because many of the arguments are drawn from the incredible community of educators on Twitter.

Dan Pearcy @DanielPearcy

Dan Pearcy started teaching in Greater Manchester on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in one of the lowest attaining schools in the Country. He then moved onto a stint teaching at Manchester Grammar School before moving to an international school in Brazil.

He is now IB Diploma Coordinator and Head of Mathematics at a Swiss international school, teaching the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate. He holds an MA in Education and is Chartered with the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Building Creativity into your Classroom


In this interactive session we will be looking at ways of introducing creativity into regular secondary maths lessons and why it is important to do so. Be prepared to get your hands dirty with interesting maths as we will be doing a variety of engaging activities to help stir up the same curiosity in you that we hope to develop in students.

I spent years keeping creative maths problems separate from my curricular lessons, saved for the end of term or as interesting starters juxtaposed with the rest of the lesson. There’ll be practical tips as well as an outline of the history of psychological research into creativity and education.

Andrew Sharpe @asharpeducator

Andrew works as the NRICH Roadshow Coordinator and Liaison to the Millenium Maths Project at the University of Cambridge. He is the founder of (a free international puzzle competition for schools) and also works as an associate for Maths Inspiration and Stand Up Maths. Andrew spent over a decade working as a secondary maths teacher (in the UK and internationally) holding various departmental leadership roles. He has presented and run workshops around the world on subjects such as digital learning, assessment for learning, metacognition and problem solving.

A Journey of Improvement in a Mathematics Department


This workshop will look at how improvement science can be used to facilitate change and improvement within your classroom or department. It will focus on one department's improvement journey so far and hopefully provide ideas for you to use within your own setting.

Jennifer Skene @skene_jen

I have been teaching for 10 years and curriculum leader at Liberton High School for the last 4 years. I fully believe that all children can do maths and that our job as teachers is to find strategies which work for them.



This workshop will focus on the effective use of geoboards in a range of topics, discussing effective questioning and suggestions for classroom management. Participants will leave with ideas for how to use geoboards to support pupils in understanding a range of topics.

Roisin McArdle @McArdleNumeracy

Roisin has worked as a Principal Teacher of Numeracy in three Glasgow schools for the past two years. Prior to this, her experience was in the primary sector teaching all curricular areas across P1-7.

In her current role, Roisin has developed an understanding of the ways in which concrete resources can benefit pupils in topics beyond first and second level, and has worked with primary and secondary colleagues to introduce these resources to pupils of all ages.


Speed Dating

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!

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!

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.

It's an 'unconference' session - a chance to meet people and do maths - run by you, the delegates, so bring along some maths games or activities, grab a table and have fun.

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.

Event Location

Event Supporters

'La Salle Education'
'Oxford University Press'
'Science Studio'
'Visions in Education'

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