Using Maths to build a sustainable future



A one day student conference, in conjunction with Midas Construction and Ashford solicitors, aimed to give year 9 students the opportunity to use mathematics in realistic but potentially surprising situations, whilst working together to draw valid and reasonable conclusions.


  • To inspire students to continue with maths post-16
  • To show students the range of careers and opportunities available by studying maths
  • To experience mathematics in real yet unexpected contexts
  • To foster a positive attitude to solving problems in mathematics

Who will benefit from attending?

This day is aimed at Year 9 students who are aiming for Higher Level GCSE Mathematics, who need encouraging to consider Mathematics as an option for Level 3, and who need to use mathematics in unfamiliar but accessible contexts in order to discover it as the key to their next steps. 


Students will participate in a series of hands on workshops throughout the day.  In the morning they will use mathematics to solve problems as ancient as Stonehenge and also design sustainable buildings of the future.  Using a real life scenario, in the afternoon, the students will work together analysing real data and graphical information in order to make informed, evidenced based decisions to questions posed at the beginning of the day.  They will also hear from an employee of Midas construction about how maths is important to them and their work.

Materials and Equipment

We would expect students to have the usual school mathematical equipment, including a scientific calculator.

Other Information

Midas Construction, along with Ashford Solicitors in Exeter, are very kindly hosting this event.  Therefore, bringing students along will help you achieve the following Gatsby Benchmarks .

Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each student

Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

We are inviting schools to bring up to four students. This event is focused on encouraging students, and in particular girls, to consider Maths beyond GCSE and STEM careers.  We would therefore encourage schools to bring at least as many girls as boys to the event.

Places are limited and early applications are advised. 


Due to DfE funding, applications from independent schools are welcome, but places will be places will be offered to students from state schools initially. 

Key Facts

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Target year:

Year 9

Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths, A level Mathematics, Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Discrete, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:


Event length:

5 hours


South West


Ashfords LLP, Exeter,
Ashford House, ,
Grenadier Rd, ,
Exeter ,


Tue 12th Nov 2019

Course times:

09:30 - 14:45


This event is free


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

Margaret Harding
[email protected]
07908 800838

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