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"Engaging maths, engaging minds: connecting teaching and learning in primary maths" is the theme of the BEAM conference in London, June 20; Leeds, June 27; Bristol, June 30. Speakers: Professor Mike Askew, chair in maths education, King's College London; and Dr Sue Gifford, Roehampton University. Topics include: links between thinking skills and mathematical thinking; contexts and stories to engage children's thinking; and how to effect change in maths teaching in your school or local authority. Fee: pound;225 plus VAT (includes lunch and conference pack including maths activities).

Tel: 020 7684 3324

The Mathematical Association is running a secondary conference at Stirling University, September 9. Key speaker: Professor Adam McBride, Strathclyde University. Workshops include: calculus - the first 2,000 years; mind mapping in the maths classroom; patterns, proofs and connections; problem-solving using puzzles; early presentation in S3 using Higher Still courses; preparation for standard grade exams; raising attainment in advanced higher maths; creating interactive classroom resources with Excel.

Fee: pound;50 (includes lunch); student rate available.

"Leadership to Count On", a Mathematical Association conference for aspiring or existing heads of department will be held in London, June 23; Sheffield, July 4; and Leicester, July 12.


BEAM Education's summer courses include: Creative maths across the curriculum (KS1); Using interactive whiteboards to support maths teaching (KS1); Making effective use of ICT in the classroom (KS2); Speaking and listening in maths (KS2). Fee per course: pound;135 plus VAT (including lunch); computer courses pound;155 plus VAT. BEAM also offers free downloadable "Maths of the Month" activities on its website.

Tel: 020 7684 3325


The North East Maths Fair will take place at Grangefield School and Technology College in Stockton-on-Tees, July 1.

"From magic squares to Sudoku", presented by Dr Emma McCoy, Imperial College, and "How likely is that?" by Dr John Haigh, Sussex University, are the London Mathematical Society's 2006 Popular Lectures. Venues: Institute of Education, London WC1, July 12, and University of Birmingham, September 27. Admission by free ticket. For London lecture send SAE to Isabelle Robinson, LMS, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS.

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