Buckinghamshire Upper Schools Student/Teacher Sixth Form Mathematics Conference

Great Missenden


A one day conference for year 12 maths students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills.

This event is ideal for students who are thinking of applying to study mathematics, engineering or related university courses.

Featuring activities to help students develop their problem solving skills. 

The workshops provide a variety of activities designed to get students to engage with problem solving.

A separate group for teachers will use the same workshops for Professional Development, with a focus on how to develop Problem Solving Skills with their students.


  • To provide students with an opportunity to begin to increase their depth of mathematical understanding and so gain confidence in attempting more challenging questions and problems.
  • To allow students to discuss and try out problem solving strategies, to think about different ways of looking at example problems and how to approach writing solutions.
  • To provide teachers with information about the problem solving requirements of university admissions tests.
  • To provide teachers with information about sources of problems that can be used to develop problem solving skills.

Who will benefit from attending?

This conference, exclusively for Buckinghamshire Upper Schools, is suitable for all AS and A level students who wish to increase their depth of understanding and further develop their problem solving skills. Bring your entire y12 cohort + your A level teachers

Teachers will benefit by learning about the problem solving requirements of university admissions tests and the support that is available for students preparing for these.


The conference consists of several workshops, some of which will give students the opportunity to solve a variety of mathematical problems. Other workshops include how to get started, how to set out solutions and how to work in a group to solve a problem.

Teachers will join their students for some of the workshops as well as attending a session that provides information about university admissions tests and where support for these can be found.

Materials and Equipment

Students and teachers should bring writing materials and calculators.

Other Information

Each group of students or teachers will attend four workshops on a rotation basis. All workshops have new problems and we have 2 completely new workshops, so there will be no repeats for teachers who attended last year.


Getting started with Problem Solving (Students) OR Supporting Students (NEW for Teachers)

Working in a Group (NEW problems for the teacher workshops)

Logic Problems (NEW)

A Menagerie of Problems (NEW problems for the teacher workshops)


All non-selective state schools in Buckinghamshire. Please note that this event is designed for schools with small A level cohorts. If you have more than 12 students in year 12, please still apply, but note that we may need to prioritise smaller schools. In this case we will attempt to arrange a personal school visit to include at least 2 workshops.

Please note also that this conference is for teachers to attend with their students. We are not able to accept applications from unaccompanied students.


This event is free for students and teachers from state-funded schools, colleges and academies, but participating schools are required to send a £100 deposit, payable to The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, within 3 weeks of their places at the conference being confirmed.

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

1 day




The Misbourne,
Misbourne Drive,
Great Missenden,
HP16 0BN


Thu 4th Jul 2019

Course times:

09:30 - 15:30




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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Alexandra Hewitt
[email protected]
07962 871828

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