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?

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, who want to develop their students' problem solving skills, and who want to find out more about university entrance tests for mathematics.


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

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

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 12

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

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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