Year 12 Student and Teacher Problem Solving Conference



Problem solving is one of the overarching themes of AS and A level Mathematics. This conference is designed to give students some of the key thinking skills that are useful when solving problems.

Students will encounter a variety of problems covering a range of topics through a series of workshops and plenary talks. Teachers will be given the opportunity to solve the same problems as their students. They will also be provided with information about university admissions tests, including sources of support for students who will be sitting them.


  • To provide students with a variety of problem solving experiences and useful problem solving skills
  • To encourage students to be confident in their mathematical problem solving skills
  • To provide teachers with ideas for introducing mathematical problem solving
  • To provide teachers with informations about university admissions tests and the support available for their students sitting them

Who will benefit from attending?

This course is suitable for year 12 AS and A level maths students who wish to increase their depth of understanding and further develop their problem solving skills.

Year 12 students who might consider STEP or similar tests next year, or any students who simply want to improve their problem solving skills.

Teachers of any A level Mathematics class, 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.

Students and teachers will attend an introductory talk on the problem solving mindset.

They will take part in three of four possible workshops: 

  • Getting started - asking the right questions
  • Working in a group
  • A menagerie of problems
  • Key problem solving techniques

The final session will be an enrichment talk for students, and a workshop on university admissions tests for teachers.

Other Information

This event is free for students and teachers from state-funded schools, colleges and academies.

Independent schools may apply, but will only be allocated places if the event is not filled by applicants from state schools


This event is free for students and teachers from state-funded schools, colleges and academies.

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

1 day


Yorkshire and the Humber


University of Leeds,
Woodhouse Lane,


Wed 10th 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:

Sheila Eastwood
[email protected]

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