Year 12 Problem Solving Conference



One of the overarching themes of the new AS and A level specifications is the requirement for students to solve mathematical problems. This conference is suitable for all AS and A level Maths students who wish to develop their problem-solving skills. The workshops provide a variety of activities designed to get students to engage with problem solving. Further Maths is not required.



  • For Year 12 students to develop their problem solving skills
  • For sixth form teachers to become familiar with problem solving techniques
  • For sixth form teachers to become familiar with university entrance test requirements

Who will benefit from attending?

Year 12 students

Year 12 teachers


Students will participate in the following workshops throughout the day:

A: Getting started

In this workshop students will learn how to ask themselves some key questions when attempting mathematical problems. They will see how problems are developed from simple ideas and attempt to write some problems of their own.

B: Fermi Estimates

In this workshop students learn how to break down problems to identify the key information they will need. Only basic arithmetical skills are required to solve the problems but each one requires students to have a clear idea of the information they need and what makes a good estimate.

C: Working in a Group

In this workshop students will work in a group to solve a problem. This could be anything from producing a graphical design to making a 3D mathematical origami model.

E: Key Problem Solving Techniques

This lecture explains some key problem solving techniques to the students and gives them the opportunity to try these out as the lecture progresses.

Teachers will participate in three of these workshops and will also have the opportunity to attend a session focused specifically on university admissions tests.

Other Information

Lunch will be provided for teachers, but students will need to bring a packed lunch. 


10:00 – 10:30              Arrival and registration

10:30 – 10:45              Welcome

10:45 – 11:45              Session 1

11:50 – 12:50              Session 2

12.50 – 13:35              Lunch

13:35 – 14:35              Session 3

14.40 – 15:40              Session 4

15.40 – 15:45              Evaluations and close

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:


Event length:

1 day


London and South East


UCL Institute of Education,
20 Bedford Way,


Mon 1st Jul 2019

Course times:

10:00 - 15:45




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

Sinad Vaughan
[email protected]
07815 920505

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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