Core Maths Summer Conference



A free and engaging one-day professional development conference designed for teachers either offering, or thinking about offering, Core Maths. The day will focus on approaches for planning, teaching and learning Core Maths.

Delegates will get ample opportunity to gather resources and ideas and share experiences with teachers from other schools and colleges.

In addition, delegates are very welcome to join the presenters and teacher advocates the evening before the conference for social drinks and networking in central Birmingham. Further details will be provided when you sign up to the 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 future. If you are yet to teach or offer Core Maths, you may find it useful to attend one of our Getting Started with Core Maths webinars or explore the information provided in this collection. The content will be relevant to all of the Core Maths specifications.


Time Topic Summary
9:30-10:00 Registration, refreshments and networking  
10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introductions with Tom Rainbow and Cat van Saarloos  
10:15-11:05 Core Maths Teachers Top-Tips Part 1

Want inspirational teaching tips, resources, or insight from real-life, bona-fide Core Maths teachers? After some fresh ideas with which to launch your lessons in September? Want to refresh your scheme of work with some great new activities? Our amazing team of Core Maths Teacher Advocates will be sharing some of their favourites in a fascinating, enlightening and eminently useful session.

11:05-12:20 Maths on the Back of an Envelope with Rob Eastaway

Set aside your calculators and explore the skills of back-of-envelope thinking with Rob Eastaway. Together we will tackle Fermi estimation problems and share tips on how to do rough calculations and supporting students with this essential life skill. Rob has written several bestselling books connecting maths with everyday life, including “Maths on the Back of an Envelope”. He appears regularly on radio, including on BBC Radio 4's More or Less in which the numbers and statistics used in political debate, the news and everyday life are explained and sometimes debunked. Rob is Director of Maths Inspiration; a national programme of interactive lecture shows in theatres that has reached over 100,000 teenagers in the last ten years.

12:20-13:05 Lunch and networking  
13:05-13:55 Core Maths Teachers Top-Tips Part 2  
13:55-15:00 Critical Analysis with Mark Dawes

In a world of fake news, it is important to be able to think critically about what we are told in the media. We want to empower our students to make informed decisions and are all in agreement that this is vital part of the Level 3 Core Maths course. But why is critical analysis so hard to teach? And what can we do to help our students with it? Mark Dawes is the creator of the Questions Inspired by a News Story materials which support the use of real stimuli in maths lessons. He teaches students from Y6 to Y13 at a secondary school just outside Cambridge and is also a teaching associate at the University of Cambridge, where he co-leads the secondary maths PGCE course.

15:00 Questions and close  


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


This conference is free of charge.

Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a subsidy of £250 to support with travel costs.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

Core Maths

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

1 day

Study days:



West Midlands


The Studio,
Canon Street,
B2 5EP


Sat 18th Jun 2022

Course times:

10:00 - 15:30


Free for teachers in England

Priority Area subsidy:



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

Teacher Support Admin Team
[email protected]
01225 716494

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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