CONFERENCES AND COURSES
* Anthea Millett, chief executive of the Teacher Training Agency, and journalist and author, Melanie Phillips, are among the speakers at The Mathematical Association's annual conference on April 4-6 at Warwick University. Themes are: developing primary and secondary maths teaching, post-16 teaching, technology, extra-curricular maths and general interest. Primary sessions include: the National Numeracy Project; pure maths; a survey of 45 countries; and teaching styles and classroom organisation in England and Japan. Secondary sessions include: a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority update on key stages 3-4; a survey of 45 countries; the Numeracy Task Force; algebra; mental methods. Fee: pound;180-pound;210; pound;95 non-residential. Bursaries funded by the TTA and MA are available,providing substantial subsidies. Details: MA, 259 London Road, Leicester LE2 3BE, tel: 0116 270 3877 (Monday to Thursday).
* The Association of Teachers of Mathematics' annual conference on the theme "Moving On" will be held, April 6-9, at the UniversityCollege of Ripon and York St John, Ripon. The key speakers are David Rooke on "Moving On" with particular reference to young people learning maths; and Janet Ainley on how teachers and researchers can help each other "move on". Sessions include: raising standards in maths - a case study of whole school strategies; parental involvement in maths; video-conferencing - is it worth it?; and the "Magic Mathworks Portable Flea Circus" exhibition and problem-solving workshop. Fee: pound;235, pound;195 members residential; non-residential and concessionary rates available. Details: ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB, tel: 01332 346599; e-mail: atm_mathscompuserve.com.
* The ATM is running courses for maths teachers on Tackling Innumeracy at Durham University, April 25; Roehampton Institute, London, May 2; Birmingham University, May 9. Peter Lacey, maths adviser for North East Lincolnshire, will be the main speaker, and there will be a choice of three workshops, from: the use of calculators; the use of graphic calculators; mental maths; the role of language; the Soroban (Japanese abacus); and understanding data. Fee: pound;30, pound;20 members, pound;10 students. Details: ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB, tel: 01332 346599; e-mail: atm_mathscompuserve.com
* The first international conference on Mathematics Education and Society is being hosted by the Centre for the Study of Mathematics Education at Nottingham University, September 6-11. Speakers from Australia, Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, Greece, the United States and the UK will discuss the social justice, sociology and politics of maths education and the cultural aspects of teaching and learning maths. Offers of papers are invited. Details: Peter Gates or Tony Cotton, Nottingham University, tel: 0115 951 4432; e-mail: measnottingham.ac.uk, or visit Web site: http:www.nottingham.ac.ukcsmemeasconf.html.
* Anne Henderson is leading a conference on Maths and Dyslexics, organised by Optimist Educational Consultants at the Stakis Hotel, York, March 21. She teaches maths to dyslexic boys aged seven to 19 at St David's College, Llandudno, and has written extensively on the subject. Fee: pound;55. Details: Janet Gayler, OEC, PO Box 535, Farningham, Dartford DA4 OLN, telfax 01322 865116.
* The Royal Institution of Great Britain has introduced a programme of Saturday morning primary maths master classes. Funded by the Clothworkers' Foundation, they bring together mathematically able pupils and professional mathematicians at the RI's premises at 21 Albemarle Street, London W1, and at venues throughout the country. For details, tel: 0171 409 2992.
FREE FOR ALL
* National Power has pledged pound;100,000 to support staff training and maths projects in UK primary schools, which can bid for money through their local Educational Business Partnership. All successful schools must carry out evaluations of pupil and teacher development with guidelines from the NationalNumeracy Task Force. Details:Sarah Langford, Business in theCommunity, 44 Baker Street, London W1M 4DH, tel: 0171 224 1600.
* Students can "enrich" their maths at NRICH, the Internet-based maths club for schools, which includes an "Ask a mathematician answering service" with advice to subscribers who find themselves in difficulties. A partnership venture between Cambridge University and the Royal Institution, it can be found at http:www.nrich. maths.org.uk There is no registration charge.
* BBC Megamaths Tables at http:www.bbc.co.ukeducationmegamathsindex.html is a lively, interactive Web site for practising and testing times tables, aimed at ages seven to 10. It uses the castle setting and some of the characters from the popular BBC Schools Television series "Megamaths" to introduce a variety of activities and games.
* The GCSE Answers Mathematics Department has a new section on easy start trigonometry at http:www.gcse.comMaths Easyestrig.htm
* Elizabeth Walker, a third-year secondary maths student, is doinga project about parental involvement. She would welcome ideas andor examples of work maths teachers have set to involve parents, and would also like feedback from parents who get involved in their children's maths homework. Please write to her at: School of Education, Exeter University, St Luke's, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, or e-mail: Elizabeth.J.WalkerExeter.ac.uk