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Leeds 2019 Mathematics Conference

Richard Wayman – Assistant Maths Hub Lead reflects on his experience at the Leeds 2019 Mathematics Conference, which happened in late November.


The West Yorkshire Maths Hub was very happy to be a part of the Leeds 2019 Mathematics Conference. The day was full of professional learning for senior leaders, subject leaders, lead practitioners, teachers, and governors.

The day began with an exhibition area where colleagues got to see the latest resources for the maths classroom as well as textbooks, ICT resources and even a stand showcasing outdoor mathematics! Our own Maths Hub stand had a busy day with schools signing up for free Maths Hub CPD courses.

What was most popular on the day was our new courses on Challenging topics for GCSE and Curriculum Focus, led by Tim Chadwick and Sarah Chamings. Primary colleagues were also signing up for SKTM in Leeds led by Karen Knepper, and EYFS led by Rebecca Holland.

Once we had filled up with a range of refreshments on offer, the day began in earnests with a key note speech from Mark McCourt, a leading figure in Mastery approaches to Teaching and Learning. This was an excellent speech which inspired many, reminding us of the reasons we came into teaching, and ensuring we appreciate that the building blocks of Mathematics understanding underneath every topic that we teach, is key to successful learning.

The day was rounded off with another key note speech by Craig Barton, author of ‘How I wish I had been taught Maths’. He addressed the implications for all schools and settings of adopting or embedding a mastery model, and examined the evidence about ‘what works’.

The success of the Mastery Model is something we at West Yorkshire Maths Hub are very proud of, and we are pleased to be continuing supporting schools at each stage of their own journey.

With an excellent venue, good food, and even better – substantial food for thought, the day was a great success and we all left inspired to go back and look at new ideas with our teams, and take their learning further.


The Hub was pleased to be part of the day and is already looking forward to the next conference!


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