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New year resolutions for a mathematics teacher

Published: Jan 2, 2019 2 min read

Mike Anderson

Mathematics Subject Specialist

National STEM Learning Centre


It’s the same story each January: take up a new hobby, travel, get fit, lose weight... This year, why not try something different? 

Learn something new

Explore the science of learning with Paul Howard-Jones. Get Tom Bennet’s tips on managing classroom behaviour from Dylan Wiliam. Brush up your mathematics subject knowledge. If these sound up your street then look no further than our free online courses.

Try a new exercise regime

Ditch the textbook exercises and explore the thousands of free resources in the STEM Learning collection. Gain inspiration from our proven materials such as SMILE and GAIM to the Standards Units and MARS collections. Try out the 1001 math problems collection, read Nix the tricks or try an ingenious Something in Common resource.

Travel - visit York!

Pack your bags and visit the National STEM Learning Centre for some high-quality residential CPD. All state-funded schools are eligible for bursary support. From NQTs to department heads, key stage 3 to post-16, we’ve got a residential course to help your students. Find your course here.

Get involved in the community

What do you do on Tuesdays at 7 pm? Education chats on Twitter can be a great place to find new ideas and join in the conversation. Try out the NCETM's #mathscpdchat or try the hashtag #thinkingmathematically.

Also check out our Secondary Resources community group - packed full of resources, ideas and maths problems.

Meet new people

Invite a STEM Ambassador into your school in the New Year. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers. Find your local Hub here.


Here’s to a Happy New Year!