Curriculum - Maths - News

11th June 2010 at 01:00

Sum extra help with maths GCSE

Exam board OCR is running free half-day courses to help teachers deliver the new GCSE A and B specifications in maths. The courses will offer expert advice on preparing pupils for external assessment, explain the administrative procedures, review the support and resources available, and provide an opportunity to share best practice with other maths teachers. The courses will be held in Plymouth on July 5 and London on July 12. For details, go to

Undergrads mean prizes

Secondary teachers have the chance to win #163;1,000 for their school as part of a scheme to encourage the number of pupils going on to study maths at university. Teachers can enter a prize draw by providing feedback on the Maths in a Box resources, which include posters, DVDs and a book of magic tricks and were delivered to secondary schools earlier this year. The resources were put together by the More Maths Grads project, a three-year initiative funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and feedback forms should be returned by June 25.

Creative maths divided and shared

Teachers have the chance to share creative ideas at an evening seminar. Katherine Carlisle, teacher at Aston Manor School, and David Lawrence, from Plantsbrook School, both in Birmingham, will lead a session presenting a condensed version of ideas showcased at the British Congress of Mathematics Education Easter conference. The session is on Wednesday, June 16, at Birmingham University school of education from 7pm-8:45pm. Visit for details and email to confirm attendance.

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