North West GCSE ONLINE Summer Festival: "Maths by investigation"


The NW Summer GCSE Maths Festival is a series of four 1.5 hour ONLINE professional development sessions on GCSE Maths.

This session will focus on teaching aspects of mathematics through investigation and inquiry.


  • To develop the use of investigations to enhance GCSE Mathematics teaching
  • To develop strategies to engage learners and enrich their GCSE Mathematics lessons

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers of KS3 or GCSE Mathematics.


In this session, we will explore why it’s important to include investigations in your repertoire of maths teaching, and how this can be done effectively.

We’ll link this discussion to what we know about inquiry-based learning, motivation, and resilience.

We'll look at different investigative approaches to a few topics, inluding the use of goal-free tasks and open-ended activities.

We’ll have a look at a few of my favourite longer investigations, and think about how they deepen pupils' understanding of the topic.

We’ll also share websites and resources where mathematical investigations can be found.

Materials and Equipment

This session will be held on Zoom. A registration link will be sent nearer the time - please do not share this link with anyone else.

Other Information

Here's an amuse bouche for you, although many of you will have seen it before: Which integers cannot be written as the sum of 2 or more consecutive whole numbers?


Teachers (including NQTs) in state-funded schools and colleges. Priority will be given to North West colleagues.


Free to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

1.5 hours


North West


Thu 8th Jul 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:

Andrew Birch, Adrian Hall
[email protected]
07535 639750

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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