How to succeed as a non-specialist teacher of mathematics

It may seem a little strange to some people, but as a head of a large mathematics department, I actually looked forward to that time of the year when the timetable had to be constructed.

It was like a giant Sudoku puzzle that would takes days, even weeks, to solve. It was a long, tricky process, but...

The twelve resources of ChristMATHS

The National STEM Learning Centre and Network's Christmas present to you is a collection of the best Christmas-themed mathematics resources to get your students really thinking about mathematics in the festive period.  

1. The 12 days of Christmas

How many presents did ‘my true love’ give...

Leading from the front: confessions of a head of mathematics

A clear, strategic approach is essential to becoming a successful head of department.

I was once asked by my head teacher what my aspirations for the mathematics department were. I was a bit taken aback. Was he asking how many students will get GCSE grades A* to C? Or maybe what the A level results will...

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Encouraging active learning in secondary mathematics

The National STEM Learning Network is pleased to announce a new hands-on residential CPD activity exploring manipulatives and how they can be used to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics.During the course, you will discover ways to encourage active learning in mathematics through the use of manipulatives such as counters, interlocking...

How you can get involved with Number Day 2017

On 3 February 2017, the NSPCC’s national fundraising event, Number Day, will be taking place.Number Day provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate mathematics, as well as raise money for charity.Taking place every year, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Whether you dedicate a full day to mathematics events or organise a variety of fun,...

Get creative with the latest Maths Careers poster competition

Maths Careers has announced this year’s poster competition – Everyday Maths.Designed to inspire students with the variety of exciting mathematics careers available, this poster competition requires students to think outside the box in how mathematics is used in the workplace.There are three categories for judging:Years 7 and 8Years 9, 10 and...

Results from the latest TIMSS report released

Yesterday saw the release of the latest Trends in Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) report.This report provides participating countries internationally comparable data on the performance and attitudes of 9 to 10 year olds (Year 5 pupils) and 13 to 14 year olds (Year 9 students) in mathematics and science.Organised by the International Association...

Opportunities for teachers of A level mathematics

“If you’re new to the chalkface, the challenge of teaching A level maths can be a tough one.”This is what Michael Anderson explains in his latest article in SecEd.In this article, Michael, the mathematics specialist for the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, explains the challenges of teaching A level mathematics, providing a number of...

Grant scheme for enriching mathematics teaching now open

The Royal Institution is offering UK state schools grants of up to £500 to host a mathematics enrichment and enhancement activity for their teachers and students.Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the scheme is designed to integrate mathematics activities (such as shows, talks and workshops) into school practice and to support teachers’...

Be inspired by our primary conferences this summer

Over summer, the National STEM Learning Centre and Network is hosting a number of practical, hands-on conferences to support your teaching in the primary classroom.With opportunities to hear from a range of subject specialists and education leaders, these conferences are the perfect chance to stay up to date with the changes to the primary...

Maths Careers Poster Competition

Students in years 7 to 13 are invited to enter the Maths Careers Visualising Data Poster Competition. Students have to collect their own data or obtain data from the internet to produce a poster that uses data visuals to tell a story.The winning posters from students in each category will receive an Android tablet. There will also be ‘highly...

Don’t miss the mathematics of games family day!

The National STEM Learning Centre is hosting a free family day, suitable for 7-14 year olds, to explore mathematics through fun and games. On Saturday 30 April 2016, take part in hands-on lectures, become a mathematics magician and visit our stands filled with games all related to mathematics. Think mathematics is just doing sums? Then this will...

Royal Institution Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses

The Royal Institution Secondary Masterclasses are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which are not usually covered in the school curriculum.Topics cover a huge range of mathematical ideas, including...


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