Conferences and courses

21st September 2001 at 01:00
Primary and secondary teachers are invited to a conference called "Mathematics ideas and activities for the classroom" being held at Gosforth High School, Newcastle upon Tyne, October 13. Organised by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, activities will include: problem posing, thinking skills, using multimedia, maths activities from around the world, the crystal maze and more. Fee: pound;35, pound;25 members (including lunch). ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB. Tel: 01332 346599. E-mail: atm_maths@; web:

Forthcoming courses being run by BEAM Education at the Barnsbury Centre, Islington, London N1 include: managing maths in your school (introductory level), November 5; maths for high-attaining key stage 2 children, November 8; teaching mental strategies, November 19; managing differentiation within the daily maths lesson, November 22; raising achievement in key stage 1 maths, November 28; fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, November 30; raising achievement in key stage 2 maths, December 5; maths in the foundation stage, December 6; playing with shape, space and measures in the foundation stage, December 7; maths for low-attaining key stage 2 children, December 11.All take place from 10am-4pm and cost pound;105 plus VAT (lunch included). There will also be a course on using computers in key stage 2 maths at the University of North London. Karen Jardine, BEAM Education, Maze Workshops, 72a Southgate Road, London N1 3JT.Tel: 020 7684 3324.E-mail:

Training provider Stands for Education is running a course called "How to challenge, engage and extend more able students in maths: practical ways to meet their learning needs and raise achievement". It takes place in London, November 7 and December 13; Manchester, November 26; and Birmingham, December 4. Fee: pound;195 plus VAT (includes lunch, refreshmentsand course handbook). SfE,1 Portland Square, BristolBS2 8RR. Tel: 0117 983 8800.E-mail:


The Mathematical Association's 2002 annual conference will be held at Reading University, April 3-6, on the theme "The very best mathematics for all". MA, 259 London Road, Leicester LE2 3BE. E-mail:


The Association of Teachers of Mathematics 2002 annual conference will be held at Edge Hill College of Further Education, Ormskirk, Lancashire, April 2-5, on the theme "Maths is special". Dozens of sessions are on offer and speakers include: John Visser and Olwen El-Naggar, National Association for Special Educational Needs. A special feature is The Workshop, containing piles of tessellating tiles, crates of cubes, gallons of glue and reams of paper and card in a kaleidoscope of colours. Make a model, solve a puzzle, play a game or simply talk.

International Mathematics Enrichment with Communication Technologies is the theme of a conference to be held at Cambridge University, July 11-13, 2002. Themes will include: using communication technology in the teaching and learning of maths; and providing mathematical enrichment for primary pupils and secondary students and challenging the more able. Contact the ATM as above.

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