Dynamic visualisation of data: Hypothesis testing



This is the third of a suite of three short professional development courses investigating how data can be visualised, how changes to the data affect these visualisations and how, through these changes, we can help to develop students' understanding and appreciation of how samples can affect summary statistics and the inferences that are made.  This event will focus on how samples effect the outcomes of a hypothesis test and how inferences vary depending on the sample.

We will be using spreadsheets and the Desmos graphing calculator throughout this course and it will be essential to have access to a laptop. 



  • Use the Desmos graphing calculator to generate random samples
  • Efficiently manipulate spreadsheets to generate repeated random samples to use with a hypothesis
  • Consider how the sample effects the outcome of a hypothesis test

Who will benefit from attending?

This course will be suitable for all teachers of Mathematics who wish to develop their students' understanding and ability to analyse and interpret data.  There will be a focus on developing how the random sample obtained impacts the outcome of a hypothesis test.

This course is designed for anyone teaching hypothesis testing or preparing to teach hypothesis testing.  It is also suitable for any teacher who is interested in developing their students understanding of statistics.


During this course we will be using real data, spreadsheets and the Desmos graphing calculator to effectively generate multiple random samples to test hypotheses.  There will be a focus on how the sample a can effect the summary statistics obtained, and the outcome of a hypothesis test.


Materials and Equipment

To get the most from this course you will need to use a laptop with spreadsheet facilities as we will be manipulating and using spreadsheets.  You will also need a good internet connection to use the free graphing calculator on desmos.com.

Other Information

We aim to emulate as much of the ‘face-to-face’ experience as possible and as such we will expect you to be proactive in communicating during the course so the use of microphones is expected.

You will be sent a Zoom link to access the course the week before the course and again on the day of the course.


Any teacher working in a school or college in the UK can apply for this course. However, due to the way we are funded, priority will be given to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England. Applications from those teaching GCSE or A level Mathematics in other institutions will be confirmed if there is capacity. This course is only open to teachers working in schools or colleges in the UK.

Participant feedback

I really liked the interactive aspect of the course - being able to put the techniques into action straight away.
I learnt new things but also had a chance to play around with what I'd learnt

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics, Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Use of technology, Reasoning, Maths in other subjects

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

2 hours


South West


Tue 21st Jun 2022

Course times:

14:00 - 16:00


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

Margaret Harding
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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