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One-Day Conference for Teachers of Mathematics

Saturday 7th March 2020

Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

Conference fee £80

£20 for all students and teachers from the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland

Conference Programme

The SMC acknowledge and thank Sumdog

for their support as a Silver Sponsor of the Conference

P r o g r a m m e

08:30 – 09:10 Registration, Tea/Coffee & Pastries

09:10 – 09:25 Delegates make their way to lecture theatre

09:25 – 10:05 Chair’s Welcome and Keynote Address

10.05 - 10.15 Presentation of SMC Achievement Award

10:25 – 11:15 Workshops

11:25 – 12:15 Workshops

12:15 – 14:05 Lunch, Networking and Publishers’ Seminars.

14:10 – 15:00 Workshops

15:10 – 16:00 Workshops and Evaluation

16:00 Departure

A Publishers’ Exhibition will be mounted between 08:30 and 14:05.

Payment and Booking

• The conference fee is £80 (a concessionary rate of £20 applies to all students and to teachers from the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland)

• Fees are non-returnable other than in exceptional circumstances.

• Where possible, bookings should be made via Eventbrite.

• Establishments unable to access Eventbrite may download a paper-based booking form here:

• A completed booking constitutes a binding agreement and the full fee is liable.

• A confirmation email will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the booking.

Workshop Choices

• Workshop choices and any dietary requirements should be emailed to Alistair Oliver at:

• Please provide six workshop choices in order of preference. You will be allocated four of these. Workshops will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to offer you your first four choices.

• Your allocation of workshops will be given to you on arrival at the Conference.


Lunch will be served in three sittings to reduce queuing. Timings will be given on the lunch tickets provided on the day.

Closing date Friday 14th February 2020

Keynote: Misconceptions in Mathematics Craig Barton

Thirty percent of the answers students give on my website ( are wrong. With over one hundred million answers given by students all around the world, that is a lot of mistakes and misconceptions. In this session we take a topic and delve into some of the most persistent, surprising and interesting misconceptions students hold. Do they change by age? Do they depend on the way the question is phrased? We then think about how we might help our students resolve them.

This will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities to play Guess the Misconception!

Craig Barton has been a maths teacher since 2004, working at Range High School in Formby and Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton. Four years into his career he was appointed as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), a role he loved. It enabled him to focus all of his attention on teaching and learning, having the privilege to work with and learn from many students and teachers in a wide variety of schools.

Craig is the co-creator of Diagnostic Questions. This is a free website hosting the world's largest collection of high-quality, maths diagnostic multiple choice questions which helps teachers and students all around the world identify, understand and resolve key misconceptions.

Craig is Head of Education at Eedi. This is a company which he co-founded and which now owns Diagnostic Questions. Craig is very excited about their future plans for improving teaching and learning worldwide.

Since 2009, Craig has been Secondary Maths Adviser to TES (formerly the Times Educational Supplement), the largest professional network of teachers in the world. The role involves curating and reviewing some of the amazing resources written by generous and talented maths teachers all over the world, as well as writing newsletters, building collections, and running @TESMaths Twitter. You can see some of his most recent work here.

Since building in 2007, his website has been used by millions of teachers, students and parents across the world. In 2016 he gave the site what he feels was a much needed make-over, introducing his Topics and Rich Task sections.

Craig is the creator of the websites, and

He launched his Mr Barton Maths Podcast in 2015, allowing him to talk to people from the world of education who interest and inspire him, including Dylan Wiliam, Doug Lemov, Daisy Christodoulou and Dan Meyer.

Craig’s book, "How I wish I'd taught maths: Lessons learned from research, conversations with experts and 12 years of mistakes" is published by John Catt Education Ltd, and can be purchased via Amazon or directly from John Catt.

Craig regularly runs workshops, delivers keynote addresses, and works with maths departments both in the UK and overseas. For more information on this, please see Mr B for Hire .

Finally, but perhaps most importantly of all, Craig is married to Kate and the father of Isaac.


A Mastering mastery!

Gary Lamb

Using the mastery cycle seems a straightforward process - or is it? In this workshop we will look at how to use the mastery cycle in a real school, with real classes; focusing on the logistics of correctives and enrichment, what to do when teaching wasn’t impactful the first time round and what assessment actually looks like. Mastery is not repeating until we get it right!

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

B Developing Creativity and Flexibility in Maths

Sarah Howlett

This interactive workshop will encourage delegates to work collaboratively when thinking about how to develop creativity and promote flexible thinking within their maths lessons. We will look at how White Rose Maths materials can support this in different areas of the maths curriculum.

Target audience: Primary

C TMUA: using multiple choice questions to assess mathematical application and thinking

Jane Buckle University of Cambridge

This workshop will demonstrate how to use multiple choice questions (MCQs) to assess mathematical thinking and reasoning, rather than assessing the ability to repeat a learnt procedure. Delegates will gain insight into the assessment principles which underpin the multiple-choice questions in TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admissions). These types of questions give a flavour of the sort of thinking required as an undergraduate in mathematics.

Target audience: Secondary School Mathematics Teachers, particularly at Higher level

D "Of" and other linguistic issues in mathematics

Tom Carson and Nino Barcella Hillhead High School Glasgow

We will be drawing attendees' attention to issues arising from the words we use as maths teachers. We will also raise questions about how we should tackle these pedagogically. It is our intention to do this by offering tasks to delegates and facilitating the discussion that arises from them.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

E It’s not THE way; it’s A way.

Tara Harper University of Dundee

This workshop seeks to explore how we can critically analyse research, commercially produced schemes, policy documents, resources, etc. to improve practice which positively impacts on outcomes for young people. Come prepared to share ideas but don’t expect to get THE answer because there isn’t one!

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

F Higher Applications of Mathematics

Martin Brown and Kevin Gibson SQA

SQA is currently developing a Higher Applications of Mathematics. It will equip learners with the skills needed to become STEM literate. Find out more about our progress on this journey.

Target audience: Secondary

G Numeracy Across Learning.

Nanette Brotherwood and Yvonne Somerville Education Scotland

This workshop aims to explore approaches to developing numeracy and mathematical skills across the curriculum. We will look at examples of how all staff can contribute to the development of these skills and the types of whole school approaches which are being taken.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

H Differentiation in Numeracy & Mathematics in the BGE.

Jaclyn Andrews and Maria Docherty Education Scotland

This workshop aims to explore different ways of differentiating numeracy and mathematics lessons in order to meet the needs of learners within the Broad General Education. We will look at what the term differentiation means and explore what it might look like within the classroom.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

I Embedding Creativity and Digital Skills in Mathematics Lessons.

Iona Coutts Education Scotland

This workshop will highlight practical approaches to develop learners’ skills in digital literacy and creativity whilst developing understanding in Numeracy and Mathematics across the Broad General Education. It will also signpost the wide variety of free apps and digital tools available on GLOW and elsewhere across a range of platforms

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

J Numeracy & Maths Champions Programme.

Alistair Cruickshanks Wallace High School

Numeracy Champions: an initiative put in place where S6 pupils work with less able S1/2 pupils to develop resilience and confidence with number structure and core skills. Resources are based on Maths Recovery materials and developed according to feedback.

Maths Champions: an initiative put in place where S6 pupils work with teams of highly-able/gifted S1/2 pupils to extend and challenge them using a variety of problem solving activities. Resources are based on the UKMT Team Maths Challenge resources and are developed according to feedback.

Target audience: Secondary

K Place Value or Face Value.

Carol Lyon Scottish Mathematical Council

It’s hard to find a teacher who doesn’t appreciate the importance of place value in the maths curriculum, yet so often we are frustrated and disappointed by pupils’ apparent lack of understanding. In this workshop we will compare traditional and emerging approaches to the teaching of place value and explore some practical ideas for assessing and teaching true conceptual place value understanding, not just ‘face value’ understanding.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

L Cognitively Guided Instruction: An inclusive pedagogical approach to teaching numeracy.

Martine Watt St Stephen's Primary and LCSC

CGI is an approach to teaching maths that includes word problems, set out within a research-based framework, to promote learning and understanding.

The guide principle of CGI is that instruction is informed by specific knowledge the teacher has, about how children develop mathematical concepts. St Stephen's Primary staff will share their learning journey and describe the positive impact it has had on all learners.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

M Pi vs Tau and Other Great Mathematical Arguments.

Ayliean MacDonald Portlethen Academy

We’ve all had a few pupils who love to argue (mostly about taking hoodies off), but what if we gave them something truly interesting to argue about? In this workshop we will explore some classics such as Pi vs Tau, the equivalence (or not) of 0.9 recurring and 1, what is 00, as well as some more ‘out there’ Mathematical mysteries. We will also look at how these debates can be used in a classroom setting to spark curiosity, and the skills to do it without inciting a full- scale riot! So, look out your Team Pi or Team Tau t-shirts and get ready for some refreshing nerdy fun (be warned there will be excessive puns)!

Target audience: Secondary

N Working with Fractions – A Relational Approach to Rational Numbers

Gerry McNally St Thomas Aquinas Secondary, Glasgow

This workshop will explore a range of ways in which operations involving fractions might be understood and performed. It will take the position that fractions are numbers and will treat them as such. There will be no pizzas or chocolate bars. The only pictorial representations you will see here will be number lines. The overall aim will be to promote and facilitate a relational – as opposed to a procedural - understanding of operations involving fractions.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

O Pop-up maths lessons.

Fiona Allan

We will look at and try various starters and activities which require the students to work hard but require minimum preparation.

Target audience: Secondary

P Opportunities for all

Suzanne Stoppard St Joseph's college, Dumfries

A look at how we have increased leadership opportunities for all pupils in the maths department. Alongside this we will show how we have increased our pathways to N5.

Target audience: Upper Primary and Secondary

Q ‘I’m a mathematician...get me out of here!’

Chris Smith Grange Academy

Chris enjoys solving puzzles, so much that he roped his family into competing in the BBC’s “Family Brain Games” in 2019. During this workshop Chris will unleash some games he’s created based on the show and will also set delegates the challenge of cracking a portable Escape Room created by the geeky Smith family. This workshop will be totally suitable for anyone who’s up for taking part in a Puzzlefest!

Target audience; Primary and Secondary

R Using Concrete Materials part 2

Feefs Philips Alness Academy

Another chance to play and learn with concrete materials. I will recap and update on how we are using concrete materials at Alness Academy, from the first session I delivered in 2018, and hopefully introduce you to some more materials.

Target audience: Secondary and Upper Primary

S Have Fun with Maths

Francesca Iezzi University of Edinburgh

There will be a collection of resources as seen in our "Have Fun with Maths" pupil workshop. This workshop is suitable for teachers of P5-S3 students and focuses on some strategy games. It is aimed at developing problem solving, as well as showing the fun and creative side of mathematics. The workshop also prompts applications of Mathematics to the study of transport networks.

Target audience: Primary and Lower Secondary

T Issue to Action: Global Citizenship in the Maths classroom

Charlotte Dwyer and Corinne Angier

Global Citizenship provides real-life contexts which engage learners’ curiosity and encourage them to use maths to develop their understanding of the world. This interactive workshop will introduce you to what a Global Citizenship approach can offer the Maths classroom and the activities and free training available from Scotdec – including a free resource pack.

Target audience: Lower Secondary

U Maths and Sport

Chris Pritchard Scottish Mathematical Council

As I begin writing a book on Maths and Sport, we will explore together just what could be included so that we promote problem-solving whilst supporting the understanding of parts of the secondary curriculum. Think pitches, league tables, physical performance, seating arrangements and capacities, as well as money, dimensions, perimeter, area, Pythagoras' Theorem, trigonometry, statistics, correlation, mechanics, probability and perhaps even Fermi calculations. Help point me in the right direction, and we'll reach our goals together!

Target audience: Secondary

V Algebra from Number - A coherent way of teaching

Chris McGrane

In this workshop we'll look at a coherent approach to curriculum design in which the artificial separation of algebra and number will be taken apart. I'll share a variety of techniques which you can use in your classroom from late primary all the way up to Advanced Higher.

Target audience: Secondary and Upper Primary

W Trigonometry Without Acronyms

Daniel Wolf-Root Hutchesons' Grammar School

What is trigonometry? What does the sine mean? What does the cosine represent on the Earth? Why is the tangent called the tangent? What questions led to the development of this remarkable subject? We will consider how insights from the history of trigonometry can help our students understand, discover, make connections, and apply trigonometry. We will pose questions about the Earth and Space, encounter beautiful geometry, and understand the trigonometric ratios and functions we teach as natural objects, both pure and applied, that students can visualise and understand.

Target audience: Secondary

X Critical Pedagogy: shouting loudly in 240+ characters

Linda Lapere University of Dundee

In this digital world where social media is awash with practitioners sharing practice, and online is The Place To Go for ideas and support, how do we know where and who to trust?

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

Y Linking arithmetic, geometry and algebra – a DeCartian journey

Simon Johnson Renfrew High School

Since working with parents, pupils, secondary and primary colleagues to develop the pictorial methods of teaching arithmetic in Stirling High’s Learning Community, I have introduced several methods of helping learners to make connections when learning through linking algebra with concrete materials, pictures and geometric representations. This workshop will give you a chance to see and try a few of these including using the grid method, bar modelling for fractions and DESMOS for teaching straight line and quadratics.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

Z A Fractions Fest

George Connell

The workshop will present a number of unique resources to support the teaching of fractions. Lots of hands-on activities.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

AA Flipping the Classroom – Do Pupils Need More Responsibility for their Own Learning?

Dr Graeme Dryburgh-Cook Clifton Hall School

Flipped learning has been a long-debated teaching style – some agree with it, some don’t. But does it encourage the pupils to start to take some responsibility for their own learning? In this session I will discuss the pros and cons of using Flipped Learning in the classroom and the various factors that need to be considered when implementing it. I will then talk about pupil responsibility in the classroom, outlining some ideas and techniques that we are using within our department to encourage pupils to take more responsibility for their learning and challenge themselves as much as possible.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

BB The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

Adam McBride

The 60th IMO was held in the UK in July 2019. The IMO can be regarded as the Olympic Games of Mathematics for high school pupils. Based on my involvement over a long period, I shall talk about the history of the competition, some of the personalities involved (including some contestants and some problems of interest and/or beauty from past papers.

Target audience: Secondary

CC Teaching mixed ability mathematics in S1/S2

Bruce Gray Bucksburn Academy

We are not experts! Nor do not have all the answers! This session is not intended to tell people how to teach mixed ability. Instead it is a look at the journey we have been on in changing our S1/S2 course from set classes to mixed ability classes. We will discuss: our reasons for changing from set classes; what impact we feel it has had on the pupils; how we differentiate resources and how we use those materials; how it has impacted on our general practice in our S3 – S6 classes; the issues we have faced and what challenges lie ahead.

Target audience: Secondary

DD Construction kits in maths – engaging reluctant mathematicians

Ann Larkham

This hands-on workshop shows how construction kits can be used to support CfE at 1st and 2nd Level in Maths & Numeracy. The aim is to inspire delegates to use construction kits to encourage reluctant mathematicians to see and do maths in a different way. Delegates will be provided with a free e-book “K’NEX for hands-on Maths

Target audience: Primary and Secondary

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