24th May, 2017

Central Birmingham – Venue TBC

Deadline to register is Tuesday 9 May.

Post-16 GCSE students are often completely disengaged from maths.

It’s a subject in which they’ve experienced repeated failure, and for which they can see little point.

This workshop will inspire delegates to change their mentality and view the subject as not simply helping students pass their exams. It will support delegates to create innovative lesson plans which demonstrate real-life examples to encourage students to be more engaged and view maths as a relevant subject.

This workshop will be delivered by Rob Eastaway, bestselling Author and Director of Maths Inspiration and Julia Smith, Chair of Governors Writtle University College, Teacher Trainer and Maths Author.

This workshop will be divided into two sessions. In the morning session, Rob Eastaway will explore some of the ways to encourage these students to be engaged by exploring how maths links to the world that teenagers are likely to experience, and by demystifying some of the concepts that can make even basic maths such a challenge. By stimulating curiosity and making it safe to get things wrong, it’s possible to gently nudge teenagers towards realising that maths can be more useful and accessible than they’ve been led to believe. The workshop includes a range of games, investigations and other stimuli that can be directly transferred to the classroom.

In the afternoon session, Julia Smith will explore maths from the perspective of a typical FE student who may not have done so well with maths at school. If the maths you deliver in FE looks like it did in school then the chances are it won’t work and success will be out of reach…again. This practical session looks at a range of proven methods and alternative strategies using a unique revision year approach to lessons and maximising exam success, whether that is GCSE or functional maths.


The session will give participants the opportunity to;

  • explore a range of alternative maths methodologies
  • consider an alternative revision year approach to lessons
  • tackle exam preparation innovatively
  • learn a range of materials and approaches to help them engage Post-16 maths students.


By attending this workshop, delegates will:

  • learn a toolbox of maths methods which you can take back to college
  • be better equipped to structure your exam preparation to include some winning techniques
  • teachers will get a chance to look at maths from a different angle

Who should attend?

Any teacher involved in teaching maths Post-16.  The material is relevant to teachers of everyone from post-16 re-sits to Core Maths.  A level teachers may also find it of interest.




Central Birmingham – Venue TBC


AoC Member = £299 + VAT (£358.80)

Non-Member (College/Public Sector) = £346.50 + VAT (£415.80)

(Refreshments and lunch included)


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9.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Workshop starts

13.00 Lunch

16.00 Workshop finishes

Rob Eastaway

Rob Eastaway is best known as an author of books for adults and  teenagers, including the bestselling ‘Why do buses come in threes?’ and ‘Maths for Mums and dads’.  He is Director of Maths Inspiration, a  series of interactive lecture shows for teenagers held in theatres  around the country, and he has given maths talks for every age group  and ability, from 5 year olds to 80 year olds.  He’s given talks in lecture halls, classrooms and even at Pentonville prison (the one time  when he could truly claim to have a captive audience).

Julia Smith

Julia is a Maths Teacher Trainer and Author. She has written for Cambridge University Press and BBC Bitesize.

She has a wealth of experience in primary, secondary and FE; a GCSE maths and Functional maths specialist and rabid tweeter @tessmaths   

She is also the Chair of Governors at Writtle University College