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The Mathematical Association's annual conference on the theme Visualising Mathematics will be held at St Martin's College, Lancaster, April 8-11. Speakers include: Steve Abbott, MA president, and Professor Celia Hoyles, London Institute of Education. Sessions include: Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus, maths and bellringing, interactive heliocentred workshop, graphic computers from the cradle to the grave, multi-media maths and teaching with graphical calculator. Fee: pound;215 residential; day rates available; 20 per cent discount to students and NQTs. MA, 259 London Road, Leicester LE2 3BE, tel: 0116 221 0013, e-mail:, web:

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics is celebrating its 50th anniversary at its Easter conference. Entitled A Spatial Odyssey, it is being held at Chester College, April 9-12. Key speakers: David Fielker, himself a member for 40 years, who will discuss shape, space and pace, and Heinrich Bauersfled on a visiting Martian's report on terrestrial troubles with maths education. Sessions include: learning from children's mistakes, maths from cyberspace, QCA update, graphic calculators, and the ATM through a Lithuanian spyglass. Fee: pound;285, pound;245 members residential, day rates and studentNQT concessions available. ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB, tel: 01332 346 599, e-mail:, web:

The next British Congress of Mathematics Education, BCME-5: Removing Boundaries, will be held at Keele University, July 5-7. the aim is to capitalise on the enthusiasm for maths engendered by Maths Year 2000. Speaker include: John Barrow, Millennium Mathematics Project, and Professor Celia Hoyles, London Institute of Education and chair of the Joint Mathematical Council. Fee: pound;250 residential, pound;125 non-resident full-time student. Contact the ATM as above; web:

Forthcoming courses being run by BEAM Education at Maze Workshops, 72A Southgate Road, London N1 include: using computers in key stage 2 maths, February 5; maths for low-attaining pupils, February 27 and June 5; teaching mental strategies, March 6 and June 14; raising achievement in key stage 2 maths, March 7; managing differentiation in the daily maths lesson, March 13 and June 12; fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, March 14 and June 19; and teachers and classroom assistants working together effectively, May 8. All take place from 10am-4pm and cost pound;105 plus VAT (lunch included). Mark Allen, tel: 020 7684 3324, e-mail:

The London Institute of Education is holding mathematical sciences research seminars on January 24 and March 14, 5-6.30pm in Room 677, 20 Bedford Square, London WC1. At the first, Multivariate Multilevel Analysis of Examination Results, Min Yang, Harvey Goldstein and William Brown will analyse AAS level results in the maths papers of 52,587 students from 2,592 institutions in England in 1997. The second, Maintaining Test Standards from Year to Year: how is it done? will be led by Chris Whetton, assistant director, National Foundation for Educational Research. All welcome. Wine and soft drinks afterwards. Susan Williams, tel: 020 7612 6651, e-mail:

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