Core Maths Summer Festival - Visualising Inequality (by hand)



Many teachers are now sharing highly interactive and creative data visualisations with their students and using them to help tell a story with numbers. However, students rarely get the opportunity to produce their own, as this can be quite a technical process. In this session, you will learn how to create simple hand drawn visualisations using some fascinating inequality data highlighted by Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust. While there will be drawing involved, this session is designed to accommodate a range of abilities, including those who don’t identify as artistic or creative at all.

Passing these skills on to your students will give them the opportunity to explore data in a tangible and physical way. It will also help them to see that mathematics can be used as a tool to understand, communicate, and act on issues of injustice. This session will be accompanied by teaching resources and short video clips to use in your lessons and will link to our Visualising Inequality competition, which will be running in conjunction with The Equality Trust, in November, during Maths Week England 2021.

Dr Wanda Wyporska is Executive Director of The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality and is a regular keynote speaker.

Explore The Equality Trust schools resources and follow them on Twitter @EqualityTrust

Catherine Madden is an information designer and visual story strategist based in San Francisco. She runs visual thinking and data storytelling workshops, which help people to communicate complex concepts simply and effectively.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @catmule

Who will benefit from attending?

These sessions are designed to appeal to all maths teachers, regardless of how much experience of Core Maths you have had, if any. These sessions are also likely to appeal to teachers of other subjects that incorporate some mathematical content, such as Biology, Geography and Social Science.

Materials and Equipment

The sessions take place on Zoom.

We aim to emulate as much of the ‘face-to-face’ experience as possible and strongly encourage you to put your webcam on for some or all of the session. Please also come prepared to discuss and reflect for short periods in breakout rooms as this will be a feature of most of the sessions.


All teachers are eligible to apply for a place at the festival. If the festival becomes over-subscribed, teachers from state-funded schools and colleges are given priority; this may mean that we may be unable to provide places to non-state-sector applicants.


The sessions are free of charge to all teachers in England.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

Core Maths

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

2.0 hours




Tue 13th Jul 2021

Start time:



Free for teachers in England


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

Kirsty Woods
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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