Year 12 Problem Solving Conference



Priority will be given to London state funded schools colleges who were on the reserve list for the equivalent event at the University of Greenwich.


This one day problem solving conference is designed to support enthusiastic year 12 mathematicians to improve their problem solving skills.

 The day will feature a number of sessions:

  • Writing Mathematically – How can we best communicate our thoughts, process and methods to ensure that others fully understand our written methods? This session will aim to improve the quality of your written mathematics so that your meaning is always understood.
  • Problem Solving Techniques – problem solving is tough. By considering a mathematical problem, this session will focus on what can be done to reduce the level of challenge and help you find ways into problems.
  • Asking the Right Questions – We know that asking questions can make situations easier, however it can be tough to know which questions. In this session we’ll consider all the many bits of knowledge that we do have, and how this can help in a variety of different situations.
  • Applying for University – In this session we’ll explore the variety of different maths courses available at university, some of the different entry requirements (and how these could be reduced). This session will focus on maths courses, but would be useful to anyone planning to apply for university who is studying A Level Maths.  We’ll also introduce university admissions tests, how to identify if these will be required and the assistance available to support students to prepare for these.


  • Help Year 12 students develop and enhance their problem-solving skills.
  • Introduce students to some of the problems used in university entrance tests.
  • To increase student awareness of the prevalence of university admissions tests.

Who will benefit from attending?

This day would suit any year 12 student studying AS/A Level Maths who wishes to develop their problem solving skills. It would be especially useful to students planning to study a STEM based degree at university. We’ll also consider how university admissions test questions may support problem solving skills.

To maximise the number of students who can benefit, it is expected that students will attend without teachers.  Staff all hold an enhanced DBS, and a full risk assessment will be made available to teachers.  Please contact James (details on the right) if this is problematic


This event is open and free for year 12 students and teachers from state funded schools, colleges and academies. Priority will be given to schools/colleges who were on the reserve list for a recent event.

Although students must be studying AS/A Level Maths, they do not need to be studying Further Maths.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. It is anticipated that students won’t be accompanied by parents/carers/teachers (all staff hold valid enhanced DBS certificates).

No. Students should bring a packed lunch with them.

Up to date covid arrangements will be sent with the joining instructions in the run up to the event. If you have not received these in the days before the event, please contact James.

Initially we’ll cap this at 8 per school/college. However please let us know if you have more students who are interested in attending.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Target year:

Year 12

Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:


Event length:

1 day


London and South East


Institute of Education,
20 Bedford Way,


Fri 20th May 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:

James Morris, Sinead Vaughan
[email protected]

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