Making them think! (Buckinghamshire Teacher Network)

Raising Girls' Participation at Level 3 (with Rachel Beddoes)


Making them think! is a network for teachers in Buckinghamshire schools. It is an AMSP-funded project, allowing teachers of Core Maths and of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics to meet, collaborate and to share best practice. The programme is planned in response to teacher requests and is currently alternating between sessions focused on Core Maths and sessions on A level Mathematics Further Mathematics. We meet half-termly and sessions are a mixture of presentations and discussion.


Rachel is a well known Maths educator who works for the MEI, and we are very lucky that she has agreed to talk to us about the issues around persuading girls to take Maths beyond GCSE.

In this meeting you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Look at the latest data and research on gender and mathematics
  • Reflect on the barriers to participation at Level 3 maths, whether it be Maths, Further Maths or Core Maths,
  • Discover strategies to overcome those barriers
  • Explore the AMSP Encouraging girls’ participation webpage
  • Take away ideas to use with your students

We are all guilty of unconscious bias, and Rachel will talk about how to address it.

The meeting will also be an opportunity to catch up with other teachers during these extraordinary times.

The meeting is primarily for teachers from Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire, but other teachers are welcome if there is space.


Materials and Equipment

The meeting will be on the Zoom platform. 

The link to the meeting will be available when you sign up.

You are advised to use a headset or headphones with an inline microphone to provide the best sound quality and to prevent audio issues for other users. A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone may be sufficient if you’re in a quiet area but please take the time to check this before the session.

In order to fully participate in the meeting please be willing to use your camera and microphone, although if this is impossible the chat option will be available.

As part of our safeguarding procedures please note the following:
(i) It is important that you log in with the names you used when you registered for the meeting otherwise you may not be allowed into the room. If you prefer to use a shortened/alternative name, then do let us know via email in advance of the session.
(ii) You must not pass on any of the registration or Zoom meeting details to anyone else. 




Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics, Core Maths

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Event format:

Network meeting

Event length:

1.5 hours




Thu 13th May 2021

Course times:

16:30 - 18:00


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

Lesley Swarbrick
[email protected]
07590 075010

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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