Developing Problem Solving at Yr 12 CPD Day



This workshop places the development of Problem Solving at the forefront of our practice, and considers why it is important, and how it is done well.

As teachers of maths we all teach problem solving, and we all know that it is hard to do well. It is abstract and therefore tough for many students (ranging across all of the already abstract areas of maths); it is essential, and yet it is easy to downplay it in our classroom in the battle to cover all the skills. 

Problem solving permeates the exam papers under the new specifications, and so it is critical that we teach it well.

This course provides an efficient and effective way to enhance the development of problem solving skills in your classroom.


  • To highlight the need for mathematical thought processes in students
  • To provide teachers with the skills and strategies needed to effectively prepare their students for the problem solving requirements of the final examination
  • To provide teachers with a plan for developing their most able students
  • To encourage the use of a variety of problem solving activities in the classroom
  • To introduce and assess a range of problem solving materials

Who will benefit from attending?

The course is aimed at both new and experienced teachers of Maths.

The course aims to give teachers a chance to reflect on their own approach to problem-solving in the classroom, share and appreciate best practice and implement it in their plans for future teaching.



0930 : Arrivals

1000 : Introductions. What does it feel like to students?

1030: Developing mathematical thinking.

1130 : Introducing problem solving into the Year 12 curriculum

1230 : Lunch

1330 : Sources of problems

1445 : Collaborative problem solving

1515 : Opening doors to admissions tests

1600 : End of day

Materials and Equipment

Bring a laptop


Priority will be given to teachers from state funded schools. 

Please complete an application form if you are from a privately funded institution, and the organiser will let you know if there are places.



Frequently Asked Questions

The school does not have any parking spaces - but there is normally easy parking nearby. Please email the event organiser for details.

You approach the school on foot from the High Road, directly to the left of the new football stadium. Lilywhite House (where the school is) is clearly marked on the building.

Google maps gives the impression that the school can be accessed from Northumberland Park which is not correct.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

1 day


London and South East


London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham,
Lilywhite House,
780 High Road,
N17 0BX


Mon 24th Jun 2019

Course times:

10:00 - 16:00




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

Angus Grogono
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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