Problem Solving Conference for Year 12 Students and Teachers

Newcastle upon Tyne


A one day conference for year 12 maths students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills.

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


  • 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.
  • To provide teachers with information about the problem solving requirements of university admissions tests.
  • To provide teachers with information about sources of problems that can be used to develop problem solving skills.

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.


The conference consists of several workshops, some of which will give students the opportunity to solve a variety of mathematical problems. Other workshops include how to get started, how to set out solutions and how to work in a group to solve a problem.

Teachers will join their students for some of the workshops as well as attending a session that provides information about university admissions tests and where support for these can be found.


This event is free for students and teachers from state-funded schools, colleges and academies.

Study Schedule

9:30-10:00 - Arrival, registration, short problems

10:00-10:45 - Universtity applications and problem solving

10:45-12:00 - Students: Fun Maths Roadshow, Staff: University Applications and Entrance Exams - what you need to know

12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch (with short talk + opportunity to chat to Newcastle University Staff?)

13:00 - 14:00 - Students: Writing and Presenting Solutions, Staff: Advice and resources for supporting students in schools

14:00 - 15:15 - Hands on with STEP questions

15:15 - 15:45 - Inspirational Mathematical Talk by Dr Sam James

15:45 - 16:00 - Closing remarks

Key Facts

Event ref:




Target year:

Year 12

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving

Event format:

Student course

Event length:

1 day


North East


Newcastle Universty,
Herschel Buiding,
Newcastle upon Tyne,


Thu 2nd Apr 2020

Course times:

09:30 - 16:00



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

Michael Gibson
[email protected]

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