East Midlands KS5 Mathematics Day – 11th February 2017

The first (of hopefully annual) KS5 Mathematics conferences in the East Midlands. This will be a day packed full of amazing CPD and networking opportunities.

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Colin Isham

Colin has many years’ experience helping colleagues in schools and colleges use evidence to develop practice. This includes leading action research on behalf of RSA’s Opening Minds programme, and 157 Group’s Curriculum Redesign in FE project. Colin is currently Core Maths Lead for the Walsall Cluster who are introducing Core Maths for the first time. Working on behalf of the Core Maths Support Programme (EDF), the role includes leading the cluster in lesson study, producing resources, and CPD support for centres introducing the new Core Maths curriculum.

Workshop Title: Using maths across the A level curriculum: The role of Core Maths

With statistics now an obligatory part of several A level qualifications, including social sciences, maths learned at GCSE takes on increasing importance for 16-18 students. Core Maths is a perfect addition to the post-16 curriculum, supporting students to use number in other subject areas, as well as being a level 3 qualification in its own right. The opportunities for cross-curriculum collaboration (and efficiency), and for making maths meaningful and exciting for students are great. In this workshop, you will be introduced to an example of how Core Maths has been applied in A level Psychology, and consider where the connections can be made in your setting. While the focus is A levels, the principles of the workshop will also be relevant to level 3 vocational subjects. You can brief yourself about Core Maths beforehand by visiting www.core-maths.org.

Lizzie Kimber

Lizzie taught secondary mathematics for seven years with a focus on sixth form mathematics. In 2010, she was seconded as a Nuffield Foundation Education Fellow and worked on a number of curriculum projects. As well as designing resources for Underground Mathematics, Lizzie is working on a research project to develop detailed teacher notes and videos to support implementation in the classroom.

Lizzie has been involved in mathematics outreach for several years. She was Director of the UKMT Summer School for Girls, 2013-2015, and continues to volunteer for the UKMT and other organisations.

 Workshop Title: "Underground Mathematics in the Classroom"

Underground Mathematics (formerly CMEP) offers free, creative classroom resources to help support and inspire teachers and students of Key Stage 5 mathematics. We aim to make studying mathematics at this level a richer, more coherent and more stimulating experience for students and teachers alike. We will introduce the ideas behind the project and take you on a tour of our publicly available website. We will discuss the use of Underground Mathematics in the classroom and give you an opportunity to try out some of our newest resources.

David Acheson

David Acheson is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and author of the best-selling book 1089 and All That, which has now been translated into 11 languages. He was Oxford's first winner of a National Teaching Fellowship, and served as President of the Mathematical Association for 2010-11. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary D.Sc by the University of East Anglia for his work in the popularization of mathematics.

Workshop Title: Maths, Magic and Playing the Guitar

What's special about the number 1089? How can pizza help with proof? And what has all this got to do with playing the guitar? We will examine a number of surprises in mathematics, with practical demonstrations.

Tom Button

Tom Button is the FMSP Student Support Leader and MEI’s Learning Technology Specialist. Prior to this he taught mathematics in a number of different sixth form colleges.  He has a strong interest in the use of technology in maths – he has delivered a large number of training courses on this and is the chair of the MEI GeoGebra Institute.  He also developed MEI’s technology-based A level unit: Further Pure with Technology.

Workshop Title: New A level specifications for Maths and Further Maths (first teaching September 2017)

This session will look at the new A level specifications and sample assessment materials from all the awarding organisations.  There will be an opportunity to discuss the overarching themes, large data sets and use of technology, as well as strategies for offering Further Mathematics.

Workshop Title: Student Tasks for using GeoGebra at A level

An opportunity to try some student-centred tasks that can be used to enhance students’ understanding of A level Mathematics topics.  Delegates are requested to bring a laptop/tablet with the latest version of GeoGebra installed.  GeoGebra is free to download from www.geogebra.org.

Jo Morgan

Jo Morgan is a maths teacher at Glyn School Epsom. She writes the blog through which shares teaching ideas and resources for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

Workshop Title: "Perfect Polynomials"

Working fluently with polynomials is a key skill for mathematicians at A level and beyond. Reforms at Key Stage 5 provide an opportunity for maths teachers to stop and think about how we approach our teaching here. At what stage should we teach algebraic division in linear A level? What is the best way to do algebraic division? What problems will help our students develop their understanding of polynomial arithmetic? How can knowing how to factorise polynomials help students solve problems in trigonometry and calculus? In this session we will dissect and explore this fundamental area of pure mathematics.

Gary Wing

Gary has been teaching maths for 22 years, originally teaching at secondary level, before joining Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge in 1998. He still teaches at Hills Road, but since 2008 has been Head of Department overseeing a team of 18 with over 1000 students studying Maths at A level. Gary enjoys the challenge of getting the best out of his students, and enjoys looking for new ways he can do that! He can be found, mostly lurking, on Twitter where he spends far too much time!

Workshop Title: "Using MATLAB for Teaching Further Maths AS Course: A Teacher's Perspective"

In this session, Gary Wing, The Head of Mathematics Department at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, will present a novel way of teaching parts of Further Maths AS course using MATLAB® software. The delivery of the course was piloted in academic year 2015/16, in partnership with The MathWorks Ltd., the developer of MATLAB® and Simulink®. In collaboration with Gary, MathWorks has developed a series of materials and interactive applications which introduce key mathematical concepts in an engaging way, through a series of interactive exercises and explorations. In his presentation, Gary will demonstrate few representative examples from the course, giving the audience an opportunity to analytically perform differentiation, integration, simplification, transforms, and equation solving as it was done in some of his classes. Finally, Gary will summarise his experiences and lessons learnt in the past year, and the future of maths education at Hills Road Sixth Form College moving forward.

Jasmina Lazić

Jasmina is an application engineer and education core team lead at MathWorks UK, specialising in optimisation techniques and image processing in MATLAB. Before joining MathWorks in 2011, Jasmina held a number of academic positions focused on research in global optimisation and heuristic design, with publications in the areas of mixed-integer programming and clustering.

Her teaching and education experience dates back to 2005, when she first taught mathematics at the Mathematical Grammar School in Belgrade, a specialised high school for students talented in mathematics, physics and computer science.  After leaving the school in 2007 to pursue a PhD in mathematics, she worked as a teaching assistant and later a part-time lecturer at Brunel University. Nowadays, Jasmina supports teaching the AS Further Mathematics course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge (including MATLAB content development), and volunteers for UK Mathematical Trust and STEM Team East.

Jasmina has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Brunel University and a diploma degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Workshop Title: "Programming and Data Analysis in MATLAB for Teaching Further Maths AS Course"

In this session, Dr Jasmina Lazić from MathWorks will demonstrate how using MATLAB® helped students at Hills Road Sixth Form College (HRSFC) become more engaged with their Further Maths lessons by learning proactively through hands-on coding exercises.

Jasmina will provide step-by-step instructions and learning materials for the following topics that were developed for the Further Maths course at HRSFC:

-       Data analysis and visualisation for teaching Linear Laws

-       Linear programming with application to Sudoku

-       Algorithm development for teaching Decision Maths, including Minimum Spanning Tree and sorting algorithms

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

-       Start using software to bring interactive project-based learning into your classroom and enhance students’ understanding in conceptual maths

-       Explain to students how mathematical modelling and data analysis are used in a variety of academic and workplace settings

Danny Brown

Danny has taught maths in London secondary schools for 11 years, and is currently working at BSix College in Hackney. He writes a blog and tweets as .

Workshop Title: "The social turn in A-level mathematics"

What place has society and the sociological in the mathematics classroom? How might we turn to the sociological in order to transform our and our students' views of the reasons-for and methods-of learning A-Level mathematics? This session will attempt to combine a mixture of the practical and theoretical in an attempt to bring humanity back to the centre of maths education.

Tom Wicks

Tom is the Teaching Officer in the School of Mathematics, University of Nottingham.

In addition to being a lecturer in mathematics for first and second-year honours mathematics and engineering undergraduates, Tom provides support for students making the transition from A Level (or equivalent) to university level study. Prior to teaching mathematics, Tom studied for a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. He has extensive experience in teaching postgraduate mathematics courses, facilitating undergraduate tutorials and leading enrichment sessions for school groups ranging from Key Stage 2 to 5.

Workshop Title: Making the Transition to University Mathematics

Many students struggle with the leap from Key Stage 5 to undergraduate level mathematics. The leap is both intellectual, since the material is clearly harder at university than A Level, but many issues arise due to the new educational environment that the students find themselves in. Many are accustomed to being the top of their class and will have limited experience of struggling or needing to ask for help, and many struggle with adapting to being self-motivated and managing their own time. In this session, I will describe how I help students to make the transition, then motivate some discussion on what KS5 teachers can do to help prepare students who are continuing their study of mathematics at university.

Tom Bennison

Tom teaches in Derbyshire where he is the coordinator for Key Stage 5 Mathematics in his school, he is also the Level 3 Lead for the East Midlands West MathsHub. He is passionate about sharing good practice and collaborating with other teachers - both on Twitter and in person - and sees KS5 as his specialism. Prior to teaching mathematics he studied for a PhD in Computational Applied Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. He has taught postgraduate mathematics courses, undergraduate tutorials and has delivered many enrichment sessions in addition to his school teaching.

Workshop Title: Encouraging students to write mathematics with Overleaf 

The first homework that Tom sets for a Year 12 Further Mathematics class is often an essay on a mathematical topic. In this workshop we will look at ways to encourage Sixth Form students to write about mathematics and tips on how to develop mathematical style. We will also try out using the Overleaf online LaTeX editor and discuss how this can be used in a classroom setting.

Luciano Rila

Luciano Rila is the Maths Education Coordinator in the Department of Mathematics at UCL and an Area Coordinator for the Further Maths Support Programme in London. He has extensive experience support students with STEP and running STEP CPD. He also offers a Year 12 Curve Sketching Summer School at UCL.

Workshop Title: Supporting Student with STEP

Curve-sketching skills continue to be a weakness in STEP candidates as they tend to veer away from justifying what they have drawn. Examiners’ reports often highlight this issue, suggesting that students need much more practice with sketching graphs of interesting functions. In this session I will examine techniques required for curve sketching in STEP that are beyond the A-level curriculum. I will also provide guidance on how to set up STEP support in your school



ESLC Building, University of Nottingham, ESLC Building, University Park,Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom



  1. 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM : Registration and Refreshments

    Time to pick up delegate packs and grab some pre-conference refreshments.

  2. 09:50 AM - 10:00 AM : Welcome

    Welcome from the organisers; Tom Bennison, Ria Symonds and Tom Wicks

  3. 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Morning Plenary - Tom Button

    To be confirmed.

  4. 10:35 AM - 11:30 AM : Workshop 1

    Workshop 1 – Delegates to choose their preferred workshop before the conference.

  5. 11:35 AM - 12:30 PM : Workshop 2

    Workshop 2 – Delegates to choose their preferred workshop before the conference.

  6. 12:30 PM - 13:30 PM : Lunch

    Plenty of time to chat to people over a buffet lunch.

  7. 13:30 PM - 14:25 PM : Workshop 3
  8. 14:35 PM - 15:30 PM : Workshop 4

    Delegates to choose their preferred workshop before the conference.

  9. 15:30 PM - 16:00 PM : Afternoon Refreshments

    Time to discuss the workshops with other delegates and eat cake!

  10. 16:00 PM - 17:30 PM : Plenary - David Acheson

    See David’s speaker information for details of this session.



Please book through the East Midlands West MathsHub by emailing mathshub@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk

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Tom Bennison