#MathsConf35

  • Saturday 22nd June 2024

  • 8.30am — 4.30pm

  • Beauchamp College, Leicester


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

@therispguy

What to expect

We're back with our 35th Complete Mathematics Conference, aka #MathsConf35

Bringing together hundreds of maths teachers from all phases of education to collaborate and learn from each other.

The perfect way to spend a Saturday with easily digestible mathematics wisdom from educators around the country.

Location

Timetable

  • 08.30
    Arrival
    Grab your badge and first coffee of the day
  • 09.30
    Assembly

    Welcome and introduction, from Complete Mathematics and Main Sponsor, AQA

  • 10.10
    Period 1
  • 11.00
    Morning break
    Chance to grab some exhibition goodies
  • 11.20
    Period 2
  • 12:10
    Morning Break
    Hunt down our treasure hunt clues
  • 12:30
    Period 3
  • 13:20
    Lunchtime

    Check out and taste test maths inspired cakes or why not join the Tweetup?

  • 14:10
    Period 4
  • 15:00
    Afternoon Break
    Have a stretch and grab a final cup of tea
  • 15:20
    Period 5
  • 16:10
    Graduation
    Join the final remarks, including charity raffle draw — will you be a lucky winner?

FAQs

How can I get there by public transport?

Get to Leicester Rail Station on Saturday morning, and we will organise transport to the venue from there at approx. 8am. If you would like a lift, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Where should I stay?

If you are driving, we recommend staying at Leicester South Premier Inn near the venue and sharing lifts or a taxi into Leicester for Friday Night Maths Drinks. If you are travelling by train, we recommend staying near Leicester Rail Station as we will organise a shuttle from there in the morning.

Will there be parking available?

Yes, there is on-site parking at Beauchamp College.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes! Lunch is included, catering for various dietary requirements.

Workshops

Period 1

Discover the next generation of maths assessment with AQA Stride

David McEwan @demcewan @AQAMaths

Stride is our powerful new onscreen diagnostic test to find and fix students’ maths gaps. Our revolutionary new adaptive tests identify what your learners don’t know and why, to help close gaps in their conceptual understanding. We’ve drawn on years of assessment research to develop game changing maths assessments. A pioneering tool unlike any other adaptive assessment, we’re fully funding this to transform maths learning for every student.

You don’t want to miss out on this interactive session. You’ll get to see the underlying maths, find out how it works, and learn about the reports you can use to understand what your students know and where their understanding breaks down. We’ll also talk you through the support and resources that go with Stride, and there’ll be a chance to ask questions. Plus you can try Stride out for yourself by visiting our stand. To find out more visit aqa.org.uk/stride

Introducing the normal distribution

Catriona Agg @cshearer41

Two years ago, one of my Year 13s said that the normal distribution "seems to not have much maths to it, just a pattern of steps you have to memorise". So I'll be sharing how I've changed my teaching of this topic to make it appear less procedural. Expect plenty of pictures!

During the session you'll try out some of the activities I use when teaching this topic, so please bring a calculator (a normal GCSE one is fine - there are no fancy stats calculations) and be ready to do some maths.

The Language of Units, Conversions and Compound Measures

Josh Wright @jwrightmaths

Tired of formula triangles and the perplexity of pupils around any non-standard units? I want to show how concentration on logic and language can solve a lot of these problems, and a few possible ways to implement this depending on whether they are seeing this for the first time or during retakes. It's not all about me though, so I will also turn over the floor to you all to gain the expertise of teachers across all stages.

Challenge Expected.

Nathan Day @nathanday314

How can we make our lessons challenging, while still being accessible?

How can we find time for problem-solving, without sacrificing practice and fluency?

How can we help all our students develop a deep understanding of mathematics that they'll remember long into the future, being able to apply this understanding to unfamiliar contexts, making connections between different topics, building a love for the subject, and going on to live happy successful lives?

I don’t know.

(But I think interweaving might help.)

In this workshop, we’ll explore some ideas for getting meaningful challenge into lessons, and play around with some interesting maths questions.

The problem with tan

Ashton Coward @MrCowardMaths

Introducing trigonometry using the unit circle has led to a lot of success for my students alongside conceptual understanding. Students have become fluent in using sine and cosine in a variety of situations. However, when building on this and introducing tan pupils have struggled. It has added an extra decision and pupils haven’t taken to it in the same way. In this session I look at an alternative way to think of tan, and whether you’re a unit circle or a SOHCAHTOA person I think this approach could be of interest to you.

How to run your first Maths Trip

Tom Riley @tomwantsrez, Tudor Roberts

Running your first extra curricular trip can be daunting. Being in charge of a number of young people outside of school is a big responsibility, plus how do you make sure it has worthwhile outcomes for learners!?
From gaining SLT approval to making sure you get all the places filled, Tom and Tudor share lessons learned from a number of successful school trips that have become annual offerings.

Period 2

Making Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) even more relevant with Projects

Using project-based learning in post-16 maths classroom to banish the "When will I ever use this?" Modelling and discussing practical activities and new project resources from All About Maths that will engage and enthuse learners. The session is aimed at Post-16 Core Maths teaching (but is easily adaptable for younger learners). I will use Project based learning around ‘Fermi estimation’ and ‘Finance’ to better support your students that are studying A-Levels in subjects such as Sciences, Business, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and PE.

Work in Progress: Continual Development as a Maths Teacher/Department

Tim Dolan @timdolan

No teacher or department is the finished article, we can always improve our teaching and consequently our pupils' learning. In this practical workshop we will explore a systematic approach to auditing where we are at with our subject knowledge, subject pedagogy and general pedagogy, and identifying the best thing(s) to focus on next to keep developing.

What CPD should you seek out? What books should you read next? What will have the biggest impact on your pupils? What will prepare you for the next step in your career? Take control of your own or your department's development and cut through the noise with a clear plan.

Just like everything in teaching, this approach is also a work in progress. Your input during the workshop will also help refine its development and make it more useful for others as well as hopefully helping your own development and/or that of your department's. This workshop should be particularly good for Heads of Department who want to ensure they have a clear plan and vision, but also for anyone who wants to improve their teaching.

Highlighting Multiplicative Relationships

Jason Gottfried @mathsbycolour
Multiplication can seem, for some students, to be times tables and problems like buying multiple cans of paint rather than the relationships that underlie the majority of the maths curriculum.
Knowing multiplication facts is a far cry from having an understanding and feel for the relationships. Some students work these out by themselves and those that can't can get left behind.
Prime Colours is a number system that students can learn to help them see the multiplication in arithmetic and the rest of the curriculum.
In this session, I will go through some of the ways that you can install the number system and how it can be used to show up the relationships when students are learning maths.

The problem with problem solving

Olivia Iqbal-McLeod @AxiomMaths

What does good problem-solving look like? What do you pupils need to know to solve problems and how can we teach it?



We conducted a trial with hundreds of pupils and teachers, using comparative judgement to assess pupil responses to problem solving.



Join us to find out what we learned!

"Stepping into Leadership"

Robert J Smith @RJS2212, Eddie Sarfo-Karikari @EddieSarfo

This session will be led by experienced workshop leaders Rob Smith (@RJS2212) and Eddie Sarfo (@EddieSarfo) in collaboration with the vibrant #MathsCPDChat community

In this workshop, Rob and Eddie will delve into the world of mathematics leadership while leveraging the collective wisdom of the #MathsCPDChat community.

As well as facilitating engaging discussions, the session will include activities designed to empower educators to become effective leaders in their mathematics classrooms and beyond.

Learn how to harness the power of collaborative learning environments, glean insights from fellow maths educators, and stay at the forefront of maths education.

This session will not only equip you with practical leadership strategies but also provide a platform to connect with like-minded professionals passionate about mathematics education.

Join the session for an enriching experience that merges the expertise of Rob and Eddie with the collaborative energy of #MathsCPDChat.

This is a session for leadership excellence in mathematics education that will benefit both experienced teachers those that are new to the profession.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to be part of a transformative leadership journey!

An introduction to unstoppable learning

Kristopher Boulton @Kris_Boulton

In this phase agnostic session, Kris looks at why and how it is possible for 95% of pupils to achieve top grades in exams.

Period 3

Transform exam preparation with Exampro Secondary Maths Onscreen

Grace Wood @AQAMaths @Exampro

Boost your learners' maths exam preparation and build confidence from Y7-11 for free with Exampro Secondary Maths Onscreen. Fully funded by AQA, Exampro has developed a question bank of optimised past KS3 SATs and AQA GCSE exam questions, to ensure every learner will be supported with their exam preparation. To save you time, all responses are automarked with the option for you to view and comment on working out, and rich reports and analysis are generated instantly.


Come and see how Secondary Maths Onscreen can reduce teacher workload, help you gain insights on performance and intervention, and prepare learners for the exams ahead. To find out more visit exampro.co.uk/secondary-maths-onscreen

Is maths education still fit for purpose?

Pete Mattock @MrMattock

With the increasing prevalence of AI, the internet and advanced calculators, many are again starting the question the role of mathematics teaching/teachers for the future. I will give my view on how mathematics education needs to adapt to stay relevant (which doesn't mean focused on practical applications), including some practical examples of what this may look like for a couple of maths concepts.

Celebrating the negative

Sharon Malley @mathsmumof2

In this workshop we will work together to explore the language and meanings of the minus symbol in relation to negative numbers and the reciprocal. This workshop is suitable for all teachers of key stage 3 and 4 who are interested in investigating how we make these concepts clearer to students and potentially improve our modelling of them.

Engaging and motivating learners for success with online question generators

Matt Woodfine @MattTheApp

A mathematics lesson from start to finish.

Join me in this workshop to discover tools that can transform your teaching and inspire low-ability learners. Learn strategies to captivate students from the moment they enter the classroom and keep them engaged until the moment they leave. With examples of how to use powerful online question generators from Maths White Board, this workshop will help you consider how to reduce your planning time while maximising impact with your students.

5 Ways to Leverage MWBs in Maths

Craig Latimir @Teach_Solutions
Mini-whiteboards are becoming an ever increasingly popular tool in the maths classroom. Like every tool though, they can be used well, and they can be used poorly. This session will go through 5 different techniques which can help supercharge your teaching. (MWBs and pens provided).

Resits ... some ideas

Mel Muldowney @Just_Maths
Is teaching a resit group so different to a reluctant year 11 group? Yes, it absolutely is.
In this workshop we'll have a look at where are we with resits in post 16 and delve into the numbers involved. We'll also take a look at some of the most effective resources to support post 16 resit students where (in the the worst cases) time is short, confidence is sometimes at an all time low and motivation is non existent.

Period 4

Making Level 2 Further Maths fit in your maths curriculum

Ian Andrews @AQAMaths
Level 2 Further Maths is a great way to challenge your higher attaining students – not only offering them an additional qualification, it can help boost students maths GCSE grades and help bridge the gap to A level. But, with already packed timetables and stretched resources, how can you make the case to deliver L2FM in your department?



Using the popular and established AQA specification as a guide, this session explores:



Teaching L2FM alongside GCSE maths
How to deliver the specification through clubs and independent study
Boosting teacher confidence to deliver L2FM
Selling the benefits of L2FM to your colleagues and SLT
Schemes of work and resources

Introducing Euler's constant - rich ideas for A Level

Paddy MacMahon @paddymac_maths

We all know about the importance of e in higher mathematics. This workshop will take you through some possible definitions and activities, along the way covering ideas from sequences and series, inequalities, graph transformations and more. There should be lots of rich starting points for possible lessons.

Teaching fractions with number rods

Lisa Coe @Elsie2110

Teaching fractions can be tricky and learners can find this area challenging. Number rods or Cuisenaire are a great tool and offer an alternative to circular models, pizza and food analogies. This will be a hands on workshop focusing on representing and calculating with fractions using physical and virtual number rods.

How coherent is your curriculum (really)?

Chris Shore @cjshore

We all know the importance of having a coherent curriculum, and this workshop will take a critical look at the challenges and opportunities of designing a curriculum for coherence. We will consider what coherence might look like and what choices need to be made, for example, what representations will you choose for maximum coherence. Delegates are encouraged to critically evaluate their own curricula in the light of our discussion and we will look at some specific examples taken from the Loughborough University Lumen Curriculum.

More of the best maths you don't teach

Peter Williams @mathsimpact

Last year we explored place value, calculation, negative numbers and standard form through the lens of binary numbers in computer science.
This year we'll dig deeply into the order of operations, exploring how to represent operations
visually through binary operation trees and an alternative way of writing them which removes the need for brackets (and thus any ambiguity) entirely.
We'll also look at boolean operators, a completely different set of operations which also have their own hierarchy.

Teach (Maths) Like a Champion: A Playbook for Great Outcomes

Adam Brown @APBmaths Adam Mercer @AMercerMaths

The two Adams discuss their experiences of using some of Lemov's TLAC techniques in the maths classroom; and how doing so has improved their practice and pupils' outcomes. There will be chances to reflect, discuss, debate and even practise!

Period 5

Discover the next generation of maths assessment with AQA Stride

David McEwan @demcewan @AQAMaths

Stride is our powerful new onscreen diagnostic test to find and fix students’ maths gaps. Our revolutionary new adaptive tests identify what your learners don’t know and why, to help close gaps in their conceptual understanding. We’ve drawn on years of assessment research to develop game changing maths assessments. A pioneering tool unlike any other adaptive assessment, we’re fully funding this to transform maths learning for every student.

You don’t want to miss out on this interactive session. You’ll get to see the underlying maths, find out how it works, and learn about the reports you can use to understand what your students know and where their understanding breaks down. We’ll also talk you through the support and resources that go with Stride, and there’ll be a chance to ask questions. Plus you can try Stride out for yourself by visiting our stand. To find out more visit aqa.org.uk/stride

Raise the Proof : an exploration of proof and its importance in KS5

Laura Allport @galoisgirl

This session aims to explore proof and its relevance for A level mathematicians. So many of my year 12s and 13s find proof bewildering. A conversation with my year 13 Further Maths class has lead me to rethink the way in which I deliver proof, and I have been able to share my experiences with my department.

In this session attendees will get the opportunity to try out some of the methods I’ve used to deliver proof, as well as exploring resources and ideas to raise students’ understanding of proof.

Solving my problem with contextualisation

Dan Rose @DRoseMaths

Teaching post-16 resit is bonkers. How do you teach disenfranchised young adults with the potential to do the "real" maths they need but lack motivation? How do you support them to problem solve?
As someone tired of the need to satify the "when will I use this in real-life" justification of learning maths, I have had somewhat of a lightbulb moment.
In this workshop I present a task structure which combines their vocational aspirations, reading comprehension, problem solving and, surprisingly, even their curiosity, to great success.

Preventing the Great Escape

Guy Carpenter @gcarp567

Data taken from NFER documents will be discussed to focus on the current state of the nation regarding teacher recruitment/retention. We will then explore what the government have previously done and are currently proposing to increase retention and recruitment. There will be a focus on what is more amenable to change in a school, retention. The session will define Tacit Knowledge and how this importantly relates to existing longstanding teachers, mechanisms such as psychological safety and PD that allow staff to feel motivated, and satisfied in their role.

"2²=2+2": sometimes, always, never?

Andrew Stacey @mathforge
What do our successful students pick up without being told, that if we did explicitly tell them would help others also be successful?

One answer to this is beautifully illustrated by a certain conversation, published in 1937, between a wizard and a hobbit. And its mathematical counterpart came less than a decade later.

In this talk, I shall explain why maths educators should care about category theory and how it can help our students make better sense of the proliferation of meanings that they encounter in mathematics.

Reaching the Heists!

Matt Man @mr_man_maths

Heist is defined as something that is of a worthy value that is taken unlawfully, such as a robbery. For this to be successful, multiple strategies are planned in order for this to be successful.

In Maths, we introduce Heist questions. We will look through problems that cover all different types of scenarios. Once they are all covered, one case is revealed, and you only have one minute to solve!

Curious? Come to my workshop to find out more!

Bonus Online Workshop

Metacognition and Mastery

Nathan Burns @MrMetacognition

In this session, which will be available to all attendees after the in-person event, Nathan will explore some of the overlaps between Metacognition and Mastery. He will explore some examples of metacognitive strategies which can refine and improve a Mastery approach, strengthen teacher practice and support student attainment outcomes.

Extras

Maths Cake Competition

Our cake competition is always a highlight of the day, as elegates 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 #MathsConf35. And, of course, remember to tweet a picture of your own cake before you finish it all! We know how delicious they are!

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.

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 ticket holders nearer the time.