London Summer Key Stage 5 Teaching Conference



This one day conference, organised jointly by the AMSP and the London Maths Hubs, has a focus on Maths across all the KS5 maths qualifications. We are delighted to have Sir David Spiegelhalter who will deliver the morning keynote speech on The Joy of Data. We also have Professor Paul Glaister who will deliver the conference closing speech on The Importance of Post 16 Mathematics For All.  There will be opportunities to attend workshops that cover the areas of Core Maths, A Level Maths, Further Maths and GCSE Maths resits, as well as opportunities to Network and play with maths.

Sir David John Spiegelhalter OBE FRS is a British statistician and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. From 2007 to 2018 he was Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Spiegelhalter is an ISI highly cited researcher.

Paul Glaister is a British mathematician and Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Reading. Paul has worked extensively with the Department for Education, Ofqual, the Royal Society, and many other organisations, on curriculum policy, implementation, and qualification reform and advocacy for AS/AL Mathematics, Further Mathematics, and Core Maths. Further details of his background, activities and interests can be found in his biography.


Refreshments and Lunch will be provided.



  • To explore a range of effective pedagogical approaches within the KS5 Maths qualifications
  • To network with colleagues who are delivering similar mathematics qualifications
  • To gain a greater understanding of how both the AMSP and Maths Hub can support mathematics within London schools

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers of and anyone involved with Post 16 Mathematics.    If the event becomes full then prioirity will be given to state funded schools.


As well as the Keynote speeches the day will include:

Workshop tasters and subject specific networking.  You will be asked whether you would like to be part of the following groups:

  • GCSE Resits
  • Core Maths
  • A Level/Further Maths
  • KS4-5 Transition


There will also be 2 workshop sessions where you can choose to attend from the following:

University Admission Tests with Phil Chaffe

Title: University Admissions Tests for Mathematics and other STEM degrees

Description:  An increasing number of university mathematics and other STEM departments are turning to admissions tests in their student offers. In this session, Phil will be guiding you through the admissions test maze explaining where and how each test is used along with examples from each test. You will be given information about training that you can receive so you can support your students in their preparation. You will also find out about the support available from a number of organisations for students who wish to sit an admissions test.


Further Statistics with Paul Chillingworth

Title: Approaches to teaching probability at A level

Description:  This workshop will explore how using different representations can help build conceptual understanding of probability.

We will explore the use of frequency trees and two-way tables along with more traditional representations.


Rob Southern

Title: Teaching for understanding at A level

Description: How do we teach our students to become good mathematicians? In this session, I will share strategies and resources to help develop resilience, independence and understanding in the A level classroom. We will look at how to introduce new content, make links between different areas of the curriculum and develop student’s ability to solve problems.


Emma Bell

Title: GCSE Resit – Is it fit for purpose?

Description: This session will explore the contentious issue of Compulsory GCSE Resit in Further Education, looking at both the qualification itself and the students who take it. Delegates will leave the session with inspiration and ideas ready to motivate their next cohort of Resitters.


Susan Whitehouse

Title: Making Connections at A-Level

Description: Using examples drawn from different areas of the A-level Maths curriculum, in this session I will explore the importance of A-level Maths students viewing Maths as a network of connected ideas not as a series of separate topics.


Alex Jacques-Williams

Title: Exploring Problem Solving

Description: Problem solving is one of the Overarching Themes of A level Mathematics and is a perennial area for development within most of our classrooms. In this session we will explore what problem solving might be and look at some strategies to use in the classroom to develop the mathematical thinking needed, for problem solving, amongst our students. Would be relevant to Further Maths and Core Maths classrooms as well.


Sarah Denison

Title: Core Maths supporting Biology, Geography and Psychology

Description: In this session we will explore the mathematical demands of Biology, Geography and Psychology and try out some cross curricular resources with a particular focus on standard deviation. We will also consider how level 3 Core Maths can have a support student progress and attainment across the curriculum.


Nicole Cozens

Title: Connected Particles in A Level Mechanics

Description: Using practical activities and exam questions to highlight misconceptions and explore common approaches to connected particle problems, with a focus on pulleys.


The afternoon Keynote speech by Professor Paul Glaister will discuss 'The Importance of Post 16 Mathematics for all' and Paul has included the following:

Mathematical, quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills are vital for much of further study Post 18 - university degree courses, degree apprenticeships, higher technical qualifications, etc.

These skills are also in great demand in the workplace and are essential for a wide range of careers.

This includes many roles - existing, emerging and future - which encompass data science, a field which is rapidly expanding with our requirements for strategic, data-driven decision-making, and which has increased at exponential rates across industries and is transforming society daily.

It is therefore crucial that all Post 16 students who have passed GCSE Mathematics take full advantage of the level 3/advanced mathematics courses and qualifications that are on offer – A levels in Mathematics, AS/A levels in Further Mathematics, and Core Maths - to suit their aspirations, needs and goals.

For students to reach their potential it is crucial not only that they have ambitious aspirations but also that they understand what will support them to achieve those aspirations. They should understand why mathematics is important for them and how studying mathematics Post 16 can help them to achieve their goals.

Paul will share his knowledge and experience of working on the development and implementation of, and advocacy for, all these qualifications across DfE, Ofqual, higher education, and a range of other stakeholders, including those where data science is important.

He will elaborate on why he believes and knows why these qualifications are so important for our young people’s futures through the acquisition of the specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are integral to, and embedded within all these qualifications.

Increasing participation in Post 16 Mathematics will ultimately also be of great value to the UK as a whole and which we will all benefit from.

KS5 teachers clearly have a vital role to play in all this.

Other Information

As well as applying using the link on the Right, could you please also complete this form to indicate your workshop choices

KS5 London Workshop choices Form

Refreshments will be provided, and therefore can you also provide any dietary requirements. 

Please will you also make us aware of any access requirements that you may have.


09:30 - 10:00   Arrival & Registration

10:00 - 10:20   Welcome and Introductions

10:20 - 11:30   Keynote Speaker - Sir David Spiegelhalter

11:30 - 11:45   Break

11:45 - 12:15   Work Group Tasters and Subject Specific maths networking

12:15 - 13:00   Workshop 1

13:00 - 13:45   Lunch

13:45 - 14:30   Workshop 2

14:35 - 15: 20  Keynote Speaker - Professor Paul Glaister



Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics, Core Maths, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics, Statistics, Pure

Event format:


Event length:

6 hours


London and South East


Imperial College London,
Exhibition Road,
South Kensington,


Tue 5th Jul 2022

Course times:

09:30 - 15:30



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

Martyn Jenkins
[email protected]
07747 203028

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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