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Secondary Mastery Conference

Tuesday 25th June 2024

Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton

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The Central and North Mids Maths Hubs have come together to put on this Secondary Mastery conference for all teachers in the West Midlands region. It aims to share a number of interesting ideas that teachers can use in their practice as well as provide an enjoyable, hands-on day.   The conference will feature keynote talks by Dr Katie Steckles and Peter Mattock plus a number of workshops for you to choose from, led by our Secondary Mastery Specialists.

Outline of the Day

Time Session
9:00 - 9:15 Refreshments
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome
9:30 - 10:50 Keynote 1
10:55 - 11:55 Workshop 1
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:50 - 13:50 Workshop 2
13:55 - 15:15 Keynote 2
15:15 - 15:30 Plenary & Feedback

 Guest Speakers

Dr Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops and writes about mathematics. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools and universities, at science and music festivals, on BBC radio and TV, as part of theatre shows, in books and on the internet.

The Mathematics of Paper
The humble sheet of paper has almost infinite mathematical potential. Join Katie as she demonstrates some of her favourite mathematical concepts and shares some puzzles using both real and imaginary pieces of paper. Materials will be provided to join in from your seat, as Katie reveals the mathematical secrets hiding in household stationery.

Peter Mattock is a mathematics SLE and NCETM Secondary Maths PD lead, who has taught across the 11-18 ability range as well as training new and other experienced teachers. He is the author of Visible Maths & Conceptual Maths and  has been involved with Teachers Media.

The Subject of Ideas
To study maths is to make sense of ideas. In this session Peter will delve into some of these concepts and how to support learners of mathematics to make sense of the ideas using good prompts, representations and questions.

Workshop Programmes

Workshop 1A: Coherence within the Maths & Science Curriculum
- Amie Meek

Maths and science teach lots of the same content, but students often see them as entirely different topics with no connection. In this session we will look in detail at the maths content in the science curriculum; the similarities and the differences in how the topics are assessed and taught in both classrooms. We will delve into consistent approaches that can be implemented into both the science and maths departments, so that students can make connections across the curriculum.

Workshop 1B: Thinking Mathematically
- Andy Burton

To engage with particular mathematical task type and see how this can develop students to think mathematically. To then consider how this "task type" can be applied to different topics. There will be some collaborative planning opportunities to plan an example of that task for use in your own classroom.

Workshop 1C: The Functional Relationship in Similarity
- Leanne Bell-Bayliss

An brief look at the evolution of representations for multiplicative relationships within similarity before looking at how to exemplify the functional relationship opposed to the scalar through use of variation.

Workshop 1D: Findings from Cross-Phase Working Groups
- Chris Bloor

This year has seen the inception of a first-of-its-kind, a KS4/KS5 cross-phase working group. Accompanied by Martin Newton of MEI, we will analysing the successes and outcomes from utilising Mastery ideas with these key stage groups and discuss some recommendations that will be made to teachers as a result.

Workshop 2A: Polypad and the use of Digital Manipulatives
- Tom Carpenter

Polypad allows for both teachers and students to be creative with digital manipulatives. This workshop will allow you to explore what representations are available to support your teaching, unlock student understanding , engage with problem solving, explore patterns and collaborate with others.

Workshop 2B: How to make Problem Solving less Problematic - Tom Manners
In this session, attendees will look at what problem-solving is and what far too many people think it is! Through a range of research, blogs and activities, we will delve into strategies to bring to departments, to develop the skills we hope to develop in our learners.

Workshop 2C:  Factorising through the Curriculum - Aaron Mitchell
A look at the use of factorising in multiple areas of the curriculum from key stage 3 to key stage 5 and it's applications beyond the usual uses.

Workshop 2D: Developing Fluency with Very Low Attainers - Caroline Kennedy
Some of our most vulnerable struggle with maths that is not explored in depth in secondary school. This has an impact on all learning in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum. We will look at the design and introduction of a regular fluency session into the maths lessons of two groups of pupils in the lowest attaining sets of two different schools.


 If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us