Y10 Maths Feasts 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Book your places for Y10 Maths Feasts 2018 

Remember to apply for this amazing Year 10 Team Competition via our webpage: www.furthermaths.org.uk/maths-feast.

Places are going fast and we will soon be accepting additional teams from schools who have requested them, please book early to avoid disappointment.

It is open to teams of four Year 10 students, there are over 80 events to choose from and all the details are on our webpage, including resources from previous years and practice materials.

Local Events include:

Oldham Sixth Form College – 5th March

University of Manchester – 6th March

University of Manchester – 7th March

Connell College – 26th March

Further Information

The competition is organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and is free to schools/colleges registered with the FMSP. Schools can register with the FMSP at any time by going to Registration.

The students said:

“The best round was relay, I enjoyed the pace and structure of it!”

“Four in a row was fun and fast paced. Had to work together and rely on teammates”

“All the rounds were enjoyable and challenging”

The Year 10 Maths Feast is an enjoyable and challenging team competition testing mathematical, team-working and communication skills. Each year the format of the competition changes slightly so that the rounds remain interesting and exciting.

Information about the Feasts

There are no heats or finals so participants can take the materials back to their schools and use them for other students in their classes to enrich and extend their learning. Perhaps the best way of using these materials is to ask participating students to run the rounds with their classes!

Each team consists of four students in Year 10 working together on a set of problems. They must be accompanied by a member of staff, whose role is to supervise a team from a different school and mark rounds with the answers provided.

There are several rounds requiring different skills and strategies for success.

  • Each event lasts approximately 2-3 hours. This may vary slightly between venues
  • Students are encouraged to work as a team or in pairs and only occasionally as individuals
  • Questions include both recreational mathematics and some of a more traditional nature
  • Calculators and equipment such as rulers and protractors are not permitted
  • Awards will be given for best teamwork and the winning team of each round.

We have designed the Maths Feast to support students in developing their problem solving skills. For this reason we are not giving details of the rounds in this Feast although practice materials are available to schools to use if they wish.

The most important skills we want students to demonstrate in the Feast are those of team work, communication, reacting positively to a new situation and applying previous knowledge to solve problems – Good luck

Mathematical lesson design training programme Y1-7

NW Maths Hub 3 will be offering the following training programme: Mathematics lesson design and structure. Further details here: Maths lesson design spring 2018

Aims of the session:

  • Supporting teachers with long term planning and short term panning ensuring depth coverage and progression.
  • Ensure staff are teaching the 3 aims of the National Curriculum, using the CPA approach to develop a deeper understanding.
  • During the session staff will have the opportunity to create a sequence of learning from the model to build a golden thread of thinking including tackling differentiation in a mastery context.
  • Staff will also receive 1 complete unit of work that can be taught in the spring term from ‘The mathematical toolkit’.

Year group training will take place: Year 1-7; starting on 25th January 2018- Year 6.

To reserve a place on any of the training please contact: Sarah Makin sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk or Paula Foster paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk


Maths Hub NW3 China/England Exchange Teaching for Mastery Showcase Event

Maths Hub NW3

China/England Exchange

Teaching for Mastery Showcase Event

 As part of the National Maths Hubs programme, funded by DfE and coordinated by NCETM , you are invited to take part in an exciting opportunity to observe Teaching for Mastery in action.

There will be 2 showcase events where you will be able to discuss and observe a mathematics lesson, delivered by a visiting teacher from Shanghai, based on the 5 big ideas behind Teaching for Mastery.


Thursday 25th January 2018 Key Stage 1: 9.15am (for 9.30am start) – 11am

Thursday 25th January 2018  Key Stage 2: 1.30pm (for 1.45pm start) – 3pm

Venue:  Huyton with Roby CE Primary School

Rupert Street, Huyton, Knowsley, Liverpool, L36 9TF

Please note that parking will be on nearby car parks as the school car park will be full to capacity – details will be provided with your confirmation email

Places are free of charge and are limited to 1 KS1 place and 1 KS2 place per school

Please contact Sarah Makin sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk to secure your place.

Teaching for Mastery Launch

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all Secondary Colleagues to the following Teaching for Mastery Launch

Would you like to develop mastery teaching within your school?

Find out more at our launch event on: Tuesday 16th January 4pm-5pm at Rainford High School

Our Secondary Maths Mastery Leads will also be available afterwards to answer any questions you may have.

Please feel free to circulate to all your Secondary Maths Networks.

Key Dates for working groups: Tuesday 27th February-4pm-6pm, Thursday 19th April-4pm-6pm and Tuesday 26th June-4pm-6pm.

To reserve a place at the event please contact: Alex Cooper a.cooper@rainford.org.uk (Secondary TFM WG lead)

New to GCSE Network Meetings

As a result of discussions with schools and colleges about the support they would like for the delivery GCSE Maths Resit we have decided to put on termly meetings for teachers that are new to teaching GCSE Maths. This may be that a teacher has previously taught Functional skills or their subject specialism is not maths. We will cover in detail what the student must know, common errors, lesson ideas and how to make lessons ‘different’ for those that are resitting. We will cover some of the topics that are new to foundation and look at new ideas for delivering Resit Programmes.

The first of these meetings will be held at the University of Liverpool, on 29th November 2017, 4pm-6pm, with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Please see attached flyer for further details.

To book places at one or more of these meeting, please complete the online booking form below (that is also linked to in the attached flyer):
Dear colleagues,

After the success of the meetings over the last couple of years we will be continuing to offer our Higher-Tier GCSE Network meetings in this area. These are a series of meetings to facilitate a discussion and exchange of ideas and strategies in support of the teaching of GCSE mathematics. They will cover some of the new topics and look at new ideas for other areas.

The first of these meetings will be held at the University of Liverpool, on 29th November 2017, 4pm-6pm, with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time on 28th February 2018 and 27th June 2018.

If you cannot make the full meeting but would like to attend part of it, this will be fine – please let the presenter Sue Harkness know: sueharkness@furthermaths.org.uk<https://outlook.manchester.ac.uk/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx>

Each meeting will cover specific topics, listed below, in two groups running concurrently. One teacher cannot cover both groups so we encourage schools to send at least two teachers to each meeting.

To book places at one or more of these meeting, please complete the online booking form below (that is also linked to in the  attached flyer ):

Best wishes,

Catherine van Saarloos
Post 16 Lead
Maths Hub NW3

NW Maths Hub 3 NQT/RQT Maths Programme 2017/18

NW Maths Hub 3- led by The St Helens TSA would like to offer all Secondary Newly and Recently Qualified Maths Teachers the chance to attend the highly successful NQT/RQT Maths Programme.

The programme covers generic planning, organising and engagement tips as well as subject specific pedagogy around number and algebra. It is aimed at NQTs in their 1st year of teaching and in previous years has also proved useful for teachers that are recently qualified, up to 4 years’ experience.

Autumn Term 1: This session will focus on preparing NQT’s for a very busy year with lots of practical tips for planning, organising and managing a smoothly run maths classroom.

Wednesday 3rd October, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Autumn Term 2:  Teaching and Learning session looking at progression, mastery and quality resources for teaching fractions.

Wednesday 15th November, 2pm – 5:00pm at  Rainford High School.

Spring Term 1:  This session will focus on behaviour management in the maths classroom.  Keeping students engaged and motivated with effective use of brain gym and re-focussing activities.

Tuesday 16th January, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Spring Term 2:  Teaching and Learning session looking at progression, mastery and quality resources for teaching algebra.

Wednesday 7th March, 2pm – 5:00pm at Rainford High School.

Summer Term 1: Teaching and Learning session looking at embedding problem solving and ways to develop reasoning skills into every lesson.

Tuesday 8th May, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Summer Term 2: This session will focus on reflecting on the year and top tips for a high impact fresh start for September.

Wednesday 27th June,  2pm – 5:00pm at Rainford High School.

The programme will be delivered by Lindsay Porter. Lindsay is a former Head of Maths, current teacher and GCSE examiner. She now works as the secondary lead for NW3 Maths Hub as well as being a regional maths advocate for AQA facilitating collaboration between maths teachers and subject leaders across the North West. She believes in a practical approach and is passionate about teaching and learning.

Secondary Schools that have signed the alliance partnership agreement with the St Helens TSA will receive 1 free place.

The full programme would usually cost £360.00 (£60 per session) if booked as a programme/block then you will receive it for £260.00

Cost per individual session = £60.00

All sessions can be booked via email directly to: Sarah Makin (TSA Admin) – sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk or lisa.bradshaw@three-saints.org.uk alternatively contact: 0744646250

Please see flyer attached for further information.

For any further queries about any of the training sessions or if you are interested in becoming an alliance member and qualifying for any future discounts please don’t hesitate in contacting myself.

Kind Regards

Lisa Bradshaw
Director of the St Helens Teaching School Alliance and NW Maths Hub 3
Director of School Improvement- Three Saints Academy Trust