John Wallis Academy, Ashford, Kent
Saturday, 16th October 2021

Join hundreds of primary, secondary and further education maths teachers from across the country.

Network. Learn. Share. Have fun!

The Complete Mathematics Conference is the UK's largest Mathematical Teacher conference, bringing together hundreds of maths teachers each year, from primary, secondary, and higher to collaborate and learn from each other.

#MathsConf27 is the perfect way to spend a Saturday with easily digestible mathematics widsom from educators around the country.

Workshops are delivered by expert maths teachers from all across the country, who have a voice, and want to share their love of maths (this could be you!).

We'll also have plenty of extra activities, such as a maths cake competition, treasure hunt and more...

Layout of the day

  • 08:30 - Arrival

    Networking / Morning Refreshments / Exhibition
  • 09:30 - Assembly

    Welcome from Main Sponsor, Andrew Taylor, AQA
  • 10:00 - Assembly

    Welcome and introduction, Mark McCourt, Chief Executive, Complete Mathematics
  • 10:30 - Period 1

  • 11:20 - Morning Break

    Coffee and Tea Break/Networking/Exhibition
  • 11:40 - Period 2

  • 12:30 - Changeover

    Quick dash to the next workshop
  • 12:35 - Period 3

  • 13:25 - Lunchtime

    Lunch/Networking/Exhibition/Maths Cakes Competition
  • 14:20 - Period 4

  • 15:10 - Break

    Coffee and Tea Break/Networking/Exhibition
  • 15:30 - Period 5

  • 16:20 - Graduation

    Closing Remarks, Postcards and Farewells

Event Location

#MathsConf27 will be held at:

John Wallis Academy
Millbank Road
TN23 3HG


Want to present a workshop?

MathsConf is all about educators learning from each other, sharing what they've learnt in their classrooms or through their research. We welcome MathsConf workshops on a variety of topics from a variety of presenters - from primary to FE and beyond. Whether this will be your first time presenting or your tenth click the button below to get the ball started.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns about presenting send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us on Twitter.

An Introduction to Dyscalculia


‘An Introduction to Dyscalculia’ aims to help you understand the difficulties this little-known maths learning difficulty can lead to and how to identify those students affected. It will also suggest ways in which students with dyscalculia, or less severe maths learning difficulties, can be supported in class, as well as sharing useful resources.

Amanda Davey @ADyscalculia

Following a career in primary teaching, I qualified as one of the first specialist dyscalculia teacher assessors in the UK in 2019. Having worked most recently as a 1:1 dyscalculia teacher in a specialist independent school, I now offer online dyscalculia tutoring and remote assessments to students around the world.

Achieving a True Mastery Curriculum Through Sustainable Same-Day Intervention


On June 5th 2021, Mark McCourt visited Hawkes Farm Academy. He walked away commenting that what he had seen was mind-blowing and a true mastery curriculum.
This session will explore the conditions for growth, logistics, pedagogies and impact of delivering the whole school 'true' mastery curriculum underpinned by sustainable same-day intervention (delivered by a teacher) so that other schools can adopt this proactive not reactive approach to closing the gap.

Matt Swain @mattswain36

Matt Swain is Head of Professional Development and Deputy Director of STEP Ahead Teaching School Hub. He is a MaST (Mathematics Specialist Teacher) and SLE for mathematics, assessment and leadership. He also plays board games and builds Lego.

Sam Thomas @PrimaryMrT

Sam Thomas oversees the quality of teaching across a network of 4 academies in East Sussex. He is also an SLE for mathematics and assessment and is currently completing his Masters in Education Leadership and Management.

Thinking about Curriculum Sequencing


If you’re unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of an Ofsted ‘deep dive’, you might be asked to explain why you teach things in a certain order. Whether you wrote the scheme of work or not, you will need to say with confidence why a topic sits where it does. The questions you’ll be asked will not necessarily be easy to answer, because no one really knows the ‘right’ answers in curriculum design.

Regardless of what Ofsted requires, thinking about curriculum sequencing is an important part of being a maths teacher. There is no definitive answer to the question ‘when should we teach this topic?’ and there is little consistency across schools with regard to how the Key Stage 3 and 4 maths curriculums are sequenced. In this workshop we will look at some considerations around sequencing. What should go where, and why? Does it matter? How can we build curriculums that maximise opportunities for our students to make progress and to build connections?

This workshop will be useful for both Heads of Maths and maths teachers.

Jo Morgan @mathsjem

Jo is a maths teacher and Assistant Principal at Harris Academy Sutton. She writes the website resourceaholic.com where she shares teaching ideas and resources for secondary mathematics. Jo is a regular guest on Mr Barton's podcast and an enthusiastic collector of old maths textbooks.

Global Math Project - Exploding dots and more


Exploding Dots is the name of an astounding mathematical story that starts at the very beginning of mathematics – it assumes nothing – and swiftly takes you on a wondrous journey from primary to A-Level and above via arithmetic, polynomials algebra, infinite sums, and advanced mathematics and unsolved research problems baffling mathematicians still to this day.

It starts with the mathematics you already know and transforms it in astounding new light. You and your students will immediately see the power YOU EACH have to play with and understand advanced mathematics with absolute ease.

Rebecca McAndrew @MathsMcBec

Rebecca has been a Mathematics teacher for over 20 years and is a Mathematics Lead Practitioner. She is an Advocate and Fellow for the Charter College of Teaching and a Global Maths Ambassador.
She is a lover of all things timey wimey and is owned by three cats.

The 'Why' Behind Tasks


When we select a task to use with our students we often don't know the thought process behind it. If we choose a task that we didn't design, we aren't always privy to why the task was designed in a particular way or how it was intended to be used.

In this session I will share some of the tasks I've created and discuss the thinking behind them and the issues and successes I've had with them in the classroom.

Helen Konstantine @giftedHKO

Helen is a maths teacher in East London. She loves being in the classroom and particularly loves discussing maths with pupils and making questions, activities or resources based on those discussions.

#GLTBookClub - Running a Pedagogical Book Club: Linking research and literature to everyday classroom practice


This workshop will look at how a book club can support staff in accessing and interpreting the latest pedagogical research and literature through organic discussions with authors. We will model how we support participants’ reflection through sharing a maths specific text to be enjoyed in the company of the author.

Rhiannon Rainbow @Noni_Rainbow

Rhiannon Rainbow is a maths teacher with almost 20 years’ experience teaching secondary maths in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Rhiannon completed a 4 year BSC Hons QTS Primary Maths EY at UWE before making the move to being a secondary school maths teacher where she has held a variety of roles. In January 2018 she joined the Greenshaw Learning Trust and has been working with schools across Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol combined with her Assistant Headteacher role at Five Acres. In September 2020 Rhiannon started in her role as the School Improvement Lead for Mathematics across the Greenshaw Learning Trust and began her journey in Cohort 5 of the NCETM Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme.

Peter Mattock @MrMattock

Peter Mattock has been teaching mathematics in secondary schools since 2006 and leading maths departments since the beginning of 2011. Peter has been accredited as an NCETM Secondary Mathematics Professional Development Lead and a Mathematics Specialist Leader in Education.

Peter was also one of the first secondary maths teachers to take part in the NCETM Secondary Mastery Specialist programme and now works as the Secondary Mastery Lead for East Midlands South Maths Hub. Peter’s book “Visible Maths: Using representations and structure to enhance mathematics teaching in schools” is available on the Crown House Publishing website, through www.amazon.co.uk or from your preferred local book shop.

What Makes A Good Puzzle?


Puzzles can be a perfect way to draw students into a maths topic. But puzzles can also be a huge turn-off. In this workshop, Rob Eastaway looks at what makes a good puzzle, and suggests ways to turn an uninspiring puzzle into a captivating one.

Rob Eastaway @robeastaway

Rob Eastaway is an author, speaker and broadcaster. His books include the bestselling 'Maths On The Back of An Envelope' and 'Maths for Mums & Dads'. He is the Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of theatre-based lecture shows for teenagers, and is the puzzle adviser to New Scientist Magazine.

Literacy in Mathematics


This workshop will explore ways of embedding literacy and oracy within the Maths classroom.
Attendees will leave with ideas to support Guided Reading, use of tiered vocabulary to ensure that domain specific terms are used correctly and consistently by both staff and students.

Jen Hill-Parker @JennyHillParker

Jenny has over twenty years experience teaching and leading Maths in both London and Wilsthire. She has a specific interest in developing the literacy skills of students in order to close the disadvantage gap and promote a love of Maths. Her resources have been published by Pearson to promote Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.

Printer or Pedagogy


Stuck, standing at the printer, waiting for the worksheets to come out. Later that same day you’ll be back here for the homework. Then, there's an hour for putting on merits.

Your time is spent on tasks that don't improve your pedagogy. How can you escape this?

After years of living like this, I wanted to escape this! I wanted an answer.

This session will look at creating systems and structures to revive your Maths department so the sole focus for teachers is improving or mastering their pedagogy.

I’ll outline the 6 months of change that I’ve implemented at Ernulf Academy, and the sustainable structures that have allowed teachers to gain time, boost morale, increase the level of teacher quality and accelerate the rate of improvement.

For Heads of Department and aspiring Heads alike, I hope what I share will shed light on where time leeches away from us, and how small changes can give you and your teachers back your time.

Naveen Rizvi @naveenfrizvi

Naveen Rizvi is the National Lead of Mathematics to the Astrea Academy multi academy trust. She has previously worked at United Learning as the Mathematics Curriculum Advisor and taught at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy and Michaela Community School.



I love the AQA Further Maths qualification aimed at higher attaining GCSE students. It is an absolute joy to engage students with and offers them a glimpse of what comes after Key Stage 4.
The question is, how do you best deliver the course? In this session, we'll look at how we can run the L2FM course as part of your scheme of learning to challenge and inspire your highest attainers.

Dave Taylor @taylorda01

Referred to as 'The Master of Fluency Practice', as the creator of the award-winning 'Increasingly Difficult Questions' web site, Dave has taught for 13 years in challenging circumstances in inner city Leeds. He has spent the last 11 years at his current school, working in and leading a medium-sized department serving 933 students, teaching across Year 7 to Year 11.

This year, Dave has joined the team at La Salle Education, stepping down from his role as Joint Curriculum Leader, to have an impact upon our most disadvantaged students on a national scale.

Why "Everyone" Uses Bar Models Wrong


Bar modelling has become a standard approach in many maths classrooms at both Primary and Secondary level for representing and solving ratio problems. There is, however, a real danger that the bar model is being used simply as a replacement procedure. In this session we will look at the recent history of ratio problems and what the real power of the bar model is.

Peter Mattock @MrMattock

Peter Mattock has been teaching mathematics in secondary schools since 2006 and led maths departments since the beginning of 2011 before becoming Assistant Principal in 2020. Peter has been accredited as an NCETM Secondary Mathematics Professional Development Lead and a Mathematics Specialist Leader in Education.

Peter was also one of the first secondary maths teachers to take part in the NCETM Secondary Mastery Specialist programme and now works as the Secondary Mastery Lead for East Midlands South Maths Hub. Peter’s book “Visible Maths: Using representations and structure to enhance mathematics teaching in schools” is available on the Crown House Publishing website, through www.amazon.co.uk or from your preferred local book shop.


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.

Be sure to check out your colleagues' handywork on Twitter at #MC27Cake. And, of course, remember to tweet a picture of your own cake before you finish it all! We know how delicious they are!


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

Treasure Hunt

Throughout the day you will have a collection of mathematical questions that you need to find and solve, with each question labelled with a greek letter. Solve the questions, and using our cipher, convert the greek letters to give you a mathematical word. If you get the correct word, you will be entered into a prize draw and be in with a the chance of winning an Amazon Fire Tablet.

Charity Raffle

As with all of our conferences, we want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to contribute to worthy cause! We will be running a raffle where you can win a selection of mathematical prizes, with all proceeds going to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

Inspiring Speakers

Our workshop leaders and speakers have one thing in common: their love of mathematics education. You'll find workshops leaders presenting on a broad range of topics covering mathematics from primary to further education and beyond.

Friday Night Meet-up

It's a MathsConf tradition for delegates arriving on Friday to meet up at a local bar to catchup with the community, network and talk all things mathematics.

We'll be sending out further information to all ticker holders nearer the time.

Your Comments from previous #MathsConfs


In the 59 years I've been on the planet, #MathsConf23 has been the best day of maths ed I've ever experienced. Thank you so much, one and all! Still on a high...


Amazing day, especially since I live overseas and can't attend these when they are in person events. The variety and quality of presentations is very impressive. The whole set up of the day was excellent, easy to move through the day and between sessions.

Thank you for an amazing day #MathsConf23 I have thoroughly enjoyed every single moment and have learnt an awful lot. Great work.

The Ongar Academy

This was the most excellently organised conference I have ever attended. I have now since attended a few more virtual conference but nothing comes close. It didn't feel virtual at all. The timetable...

Thoroughly enjoyed #MathsConf23. Lots of different ideas and thoughts to take forward into future practice!!


A great conference, very well organised and varied speakers. Great value for money. Look forward to the next one.

Thank you @LaSalleEd for a customarily slick and professionally-run virtual #MathsConf23–right up there with normal events. Brilliant day hearing loads of interesting stuff.


Some of the best professional learning you can get at an unbelievable price. Thank you for organising.

Chris Williams
Sir Christopher Hatton Academy

What an excellent first #MathsConf24 , how have I never attended one before!


Fantastic conference! A great way to spend a day with a range of diverse and interesting topics all from home. Thank you so much I’m hoping this now becomes a regular event!

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