East Midlands South Maths Conference 2022

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Inspiring Maths conference for primary colleagues wanting to improve their maths teaching and leadership.

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East Midlands South Maths Conference 2022

Since 2012 Affinity TSA, Inspiring Leaders and partners have offered Primary Colleagues in the south of the East Midlands, high quality training and support for teaching and leading Mathematics. We have engaged over 1200 delegates in our Maths Conference and this year we will be back together face to face for our event. This year's event is being delivered in partnership with Inspiring Leaders and Discovery Trust.

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In response to feedback from last year and current research into maths teaching, this year ’s conference will focus on 'Building a Bigger Picture' helping leaders to focus on the teaching of maths and wider connections across the curriculum and school improvement agenda. From ensuring that our early maths curriculum balances the importance of early number sense and instils early problem solving skills to reflecting on our current maths journey after eighteen months of disruptive teaching and learning, and how to prioritise the curriculum to meet the needs our pupils needs moving forward and much more!

Our keynote speakers

Dr Sue Gifford works as a mathematics consultant with practitioners and various bodies including NCETM, DfE and NRICH. Previously a London primary teacher, she has researched early years mathematics and children with mathematics difficulties and is an Emeritus Fellow of Roehampton University. She is the author of Teaching mathematics 3 to 5: developing learning in the Foundation Stage, co-author of Making Numbers: using manipulatives to teach arithmetic and more recently, The power of pattern: patterning in the early years. She chairs the Early Childhood Maths Group and her current interests include the development of pattern awareness and spatial reasoning.

Clare Christie is maths leader and a phase leader at Ashley Down Schools Federation. She has experience teaching maths from Years 1 – 6, and despite having a KS2 background she is particularly interested in early maths. Clare’s SLE work has a particular focus on developing deep pedagogical subject knowledge in teaching staff. Clare works closely with the NCETM and is the primary lead for the Boolean Maths Hub; in this role she has worked with visiting Shanghai teachers to understand how a mastery approach to the teaching of maths could improve outcomes in this country.

Sam Strickland is the author of bestselling education leadership books, “Education Exposed – Leading a school in a time of uncertainty” and, “Education Exposed 2 – In pursuit of the Halcyon dream”. Sam is an experienced school leader, having worked across multiple settings in the East Midlands and has been the recipient of commendations from the DfE and SSAT for his work in leadership. He is currently the Principal of The Duston School, a large all-through school (4-18) in Northampton. During his time at Duston, Sam has helped to guide the school’s GCSE results from the bottom 20% nationally to the top 20%, and A Level outcomes to the top 5% nationally, as well as leading the school from RI to Good. Sam is an expert in the effective leadership of behaviour, teacher development, workload and curriculum. As well as being an experienced facilitator and educational speaker, Sam is also the organiser of ResearchEd Northampton and a trusted voice in leadership nationally, both in person and in print.

Our workshops themes include:

– Exploring the development of the concept of unitising across the primary curriculum

– Using technology to enhance pupil outcomes in Maths

– NCETM Prioritisation Materials – how can these support learning

– Developing Early Number sense and automaticity

– Fractions Subject knowledge – making links throughout the curriculum

– Supporting the development of subject knowledge in Early Career Teachers

– Much more

All workshops will be delivered by Mastery Specialists, SLEs, ELEs, and consultant partners of Inspiring Leaders and Discovery Trust.


The conference costs £100 per delegate for individual school bookings.

Schools booking more than 1 delegate will receive discounted place costing only £85 per delegate.

We will ensure that discounts are applied when invoicing schools ahead of the conference.

n.b. Our booking terms and conditions state that no refunds will be issued due to cancellation of a place at the event within 30 days of the event taking place. All prices are excluding VAT.

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