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 one day 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.

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



  • For Year 12 students to develop their problem solving skills
  • 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.
  • 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?

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.

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.



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


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:

Pure, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Student course

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

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