East of England KS5 Maths Conference

STEM Discovery Centre, Stevenage


A celebration of all things KS5, from Core Maths to Uni Admissions tests.

This one-day conference at the STEM Discovery Centre, home of the Mars Rover, is organised jointly by the AMSP and the East of England NCETM Maths Hubs and will showcase current outstanding professional development opportunities for teachers of maths in our communities. 

The conference will feature a keynote talk from Ben Sparks and a choice of sessions throughout the day focusing on:

  • Core Maths
  • A level Maths 
  • A level Further Maths/University Admission Tests
  • Transition to KS5 Maths

Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all delegates. There will be an opportunity to view the Mars Rover prototypes during the breaks.


  • Opportunity to network and discuss KS5 Maths experiences.
  • Showcasing the professional development on offer from AMSP.
  • Tasters of Work Group sessions offered by the Maths Hubs.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers of KS5 Maths from the East of England region. Places in the first instance will be limited to one person per school. 


09:30 - 10:00 Arrival and refreshments 

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and introductions

10:15 - 11:15 Opening talk: Ben Sparks

11:15 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:15 Workshop 1 (choice of three sessions)

12:15 - 13:00 Workshop 2 (choice of three sessions)

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 Workshop 3 (choice of three sessions)

14:30 - 14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:00 Plenary and feedback

Other Information

Please note that the venue does not have any parking available for delegates. 

Please use a public carparks around the venue:

  • St. Georges Car Park, St Georges Way, Stevenage SG1 1XY (1023 spaces available)
  • Railway North & South Car Park, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1XT (462 spaces available)
  • Swingate Car Park SG1 1RU (100 spaces available)


Study Schedule

Workshop 1 choices:

Session 1: Coherence and connections within A Level Maths - Catriona Agg, Post-16 Lead, Venn Essex Maths Hub

Students often struggle to solve problems that require skills from different parts of the A level curriculum - so what can we do to help? A group of teachers in Essex has been working on this issue over the course of the year, and in this session I'll report on some of the strategies we've tried and tested. As well as plenty of practical insights, this session will give you a flavour of what a Maths Hub Work Group involves, with information on how to take part in similar projects across the region in 2022/23.

Session 2: Preparing students for maths rich degrees: Problem solving in further maths and university admissions tests – Kristin Coldwell, AMSP Area Coordinator

Problem solving is at the heart of mathematical thinking and practice, and a key skill required by students preparing for maths rich undergraduate degrees. In this session we will look at how problem-solving skills can be developed in further maths teaching specifically and by considering questions from university admissions tests. There will be an opportunity to try out some simple activities and questions that can be used with students, including examples of questions from admissions tests ranging from the most accessible to the more challenging questions from STEP. The session will show how parts of questions and ideas from questions can be incorporated into A level Maths and Further Maths lessons to help students develop those skills that will prepare them for their future mathematical pathways.

Session 3: Critical Analysis in Core Maths - Sue Southward, Deputy and Post-16 Lead, Cambridge Maths Hub

In this session we will look at what we have learned about teaching critical analysis, particularly for teachers new to teaching Core Maths. We will discuss what's important when teaching this topic, and how it is different from other maths qualifications. The session will be suitable for all teachers new to, or considering teaching core maths, as well as those who are more experienced. 

Workshop 2 choices:

Session 1: Use of Dynamic graphing software as a teaching tool - Mary Harris, Post-16 Lead, Matrix Maths Hub

Explore how dynamic graphing in Desmos and GeoGebra can be used by teachers in lessons to enable students to visualise concepts in both Pure and Applied Maths, facilitating questions such as :

  • How does the graph of f(x + a) vary as a varies and why?
  • How is the shape of the graph of the gradient function related to the shape of the original graph?
  • How does changing n and p effect the shape and position of the binomial distribution?
  • How does changing μ and σ effect the shape and position of the normal distribution curve?
  • How do the forces on the man and on the lift vary as the lift moves?
  • How do the components of the velocity and displacement vectors change with time in a projectile?

The resources are out there! But are they being used? Join Mary to see how you can fit these fabulous tools into your lessons.

Session 2: KS4-5 transition on mastery - Ben Waine, Post-16 Lead, Enigma Maths Hub

This session, sharing the initial findings of the Enigma region's Research & Innovation Workgroup, will begin to explore why, to satisfy the expectations of the new generation, Mastery at the transition between Key Stage 4 and 5 has to be more than "just good teaching" and how central ideas of representation and structure, mathematical thinking, coherence and (particularly) fluency and variation need to be properly re-imagined and applied to better enable and enhance the transition from GCSE to A-Level and, ultimately, to enable and enhance better outcomes for all.

Session 3: Core Maths: Teaching a lesson following triggers and narratives - Joanna Deko, AMSP Regional Lead

How do we design, teach, and evaluate our Core Maths lessons? Can maths fall out of the context in front of us or do we have to fit the context around the maths we are about to teach? In this session I will take you through a journey of designing a Core Maths lesson by starting with a trigger and following the narrative to chase the maths ideas coming out of the story. Can this be done? How hard is it? Are we comfortable trying this out? Will the lesson descend into chaos or something useful? How do we guide the learners to get the lesson to where we want it to go? Do we need to guide them? When is the time to allow this to take place in a very packed scheme of work (or is there time!)?

Workshop 3 choices:

Session 1: Making the links: Helping students to interpret contexts for themselves - Val Pritchard AMSP Area Coordinator 

Students often find it challenging to “Translate a situation in context into a mathematical model” as required by an over arching theme within A level maths and a focus for assessment. We will not be on hand to help students engage with the text in exam questions or available when they need to approach real-life tasks in their future careers. During this session we will be considering examples within pure, statistics and mechanics as we investigate key themes. We will also aim to show how the use of practical equipment and acted out contexts can support interpretation. Can our random series of projected objects lead to a separable differential equation?

Session 2: Space Station, Moon and Beyond - Graham Colman, Post-16 Lead, Angles Maths Hub

In this session, we’ll explore how students can apply GCSE and A level maths to piece together facts about the space station, our solar system and beyond.  We'll look at some of the basics of spaceflight (aka 'orbital mechanics') and discover how lots of this can be achieved using GCSE and A level, mathematics.  Amongst other things, we’ll explore the momentum of a rocket launch, the maths of satellite TV, where conics meet astronomy, the mathematics behind a total solar eclipse and the intriguing concept of why you should slow down to catch up with the spacecraft in front.

Session 3: Transition to KS5 Maths: Inspiring our students - Charlotte Reidy, AMSP Area Coordinator

The transition to KS5 mathematics is often challenging for students and the step up from level 2 to level 3 study can be a shock even to those with the highest of prior attainment. In this session we will explore some of the six key areas fully resourced by the AMSP for independent or teacher-led study. Designed not only to improve skills but deepen understanding of core areas that are essential to KS5 mathematics, these resources explore simplifying, expanding, factorising, rearranging, solving and sketching. There will also be some time to look at the AMSP’s free support courses available to students transitioning to KS5 mathematics that are intended to be taken over the summer before commencing sixth form study.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics, Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving, Curriculum planning, Reasoning

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

5 hours


East of England


STEM Discovery Centre,
Argyle Way,


Thu 7th Jul 2022

Course times:

10:00 - 15:00



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

Joanna Deko
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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