Core Maths Summer Conference 2020



A free and engaging one-day professional development conference designed for teachers in schools and colleges who are either offering, or thinking about offering, Core Maths. The day will focus on approaches for planning, teaching and learning Core Maths. This year, there will be a particular focus on personal finance and how Core Maths relates to careers and life beyond the classroom. We are excited that at each of these conferences we will be hearing from an engaging keynote speaker, who comes with a wealth of experience of working with both teachers and students.

Delegates will get ample opportunity to gather resources and ideas, and share experiences with teachers from other schools and colleges. The content of the Summer 2020 Conferences is all new, so the days will be valuable to returning delegates as well as those who have not previously attended a Core Maths professional development event.


  • Develop pedagogical approaches for planning and teaching Core Maths effectively.
  • Explore and share resources for the teaching of Core Maths, including our free online Core Maths Platform.
  • Network and share ideas with fellow teachers of Core Maths.

Who will benefit from attending?

These conferences are suitable for any teacher who is currently teaching Core Maths, or who expects to do so in the near future. If you are yet to teach Core Maths or offer it in your school or college, you will find our case studies a useful starting point. The content covered on the day will be relevant to all of the Core Maths specifications.


Priority will be given to teachers from state-funded schools and colleges.


9.30–10.00 - Registration, refreshments and networking
10.00–10.20 - Welcome and introductions
During this session, you will get the opportunity to discuss, reflect and work together on how to structure the delivery of a section of the Core Maths course. We will focus on skills, project ideas and opportunities for assessment. Personal finance is one of the key topics in Core Maths that students often cite as being especially useful and interesting, so we will demonstrate how you can deliver Core Maths content in this context, regardless of the exam board and option you follow.
11.50–12.05 - Break and networking
The Gatsby Benchmarks are used by the Department for Education as criteria for good careers guidance provision. One of the benchmarks states, “All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.” This session will give you the opportunity to try out classroom activities that link the Core Maths curriculum with careers. We will also share ideas for enrichment, and ways to promote the course to prospective Core Maths students.
13.00–13.45 - Lunch and networking
There are so many resources out there for Core Maths, but where do you find them and how do you keep them current? We will share our favourites and ensure you know how to get access to our free online Core Maths platform. For experienced Core Maths teachers, this will also be an opportunity for you to share resources that you have found effective.

Tom Crawford @tomrocksmaths

Raising the Titanic with ping-pong balls

Whilst Core Maths helps to tackle the question of the usefulness of maths in our everyday lives, the question of how to make it fun remains. In this talk, I will demonstrate some ideas that I have successfully used to engage students with a wide range of mathematical topics: from calculating the number of ping-pong balls required to raise the Titanic, to determining the ‘fastest’ running world record over all distances. This is maths, but not as you know it.

Tom is a tutor at St Hugh’s College, St Edmund Hall, and St John’s College at the University of Oxford, where he teaches maths to the first and second year undergraduates. He also runs an award-winning website, Tom Rocks Maths. You may also find him on the BBC, Oxplore (Oxford University’s digital outreach portal), and Numberphile (the largest maths education channel on YouTube, with over three million subscribers).

15:15–15:30 - Next steps, evaluation and close


This conference is free of charge. Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a further subsidy of £250 to support staff cover and travel costs.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Use of technology, Curriculum planning

Event format:


Event length:

1 day


West Midlands


Maple House,
150 Corporation Street,
B4 6TB


Tue 9th Jun 2020

Course times:

09:30 - 16:00



Priority Area subsidy:


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Teacher Support Admin Team
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01225 716494

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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