Secondary Conference

  • BBOMathsHub Secondary Conference
    5 Jul 2018
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

This year’s Secondary Conference take place on 5th July at Lane End Conference, High Wycombe.  Please join us for an informative day with the Keynote Speech given by Jo Morgan ( and @mathsjem) and a series of work shops covering all the main developments in Maths at secondary level.

To book a place, please use the booking tool above and email us your choice of work shops to Please choose 3 work shops, one from each time slot ie A or B               / D, E or F /              G, H or I.


Arrival & Refreshments


Jo Morgan: Teaching Mathematics in 2018 –  Challenges & Opportunities

Jo Morgan is the writer of, a website providing resources, information and ideas to support maths teachers around the world. Jo’s website receives over a million visits each year and won the UK Blog Award in the Individual Education category in 2017.

Jo has now been teaching maths for nine years following a career change, and is currently a Lead Practitioner and Acting Head of Faculty at Glyn School in Surrey. In her spare time, Jo is a Council Member for the Mathematical Association, a member of the AQA Expert Panel and a member of the TES Maths Panel. She is very active on Twitter and a passionate advocate of teacher collaboration, taking every opportunity to share good resources and best practice.


Workshop A – Yr5-8 Continuity  Lucy Sayce-Browne

A group of teachers from primary and secondary schools have been working together to explore ways to improve continuity in learning between years 5 and 8. In particular the group has shared methods for teaching fractions and proportion. Come and learn more about effective teaching of fractions and proportion and how you can improve continuity within your own cluster.


Workshop B – Teaching Using Manipulatives Andrea Wickham, Jo Walker, Jane Liddle

This session will look at how manipulatives can be used in secondary schools to develop students ability to represent the structure of mathematics and enhance their ability to understand mathematics, solve problems, explain their reasoning and adapt ideas.  This is the precursor to bar modelling and array modelling.  You will have the chance to try out some manipulatives looking at various areas of the algebra syllabus and go away with some ideas to try out with your classes.  The session is led by BBO Hubs Primary and Secondary Mastery Specialist Leads and one of our Secondary Mastery Specialists.




Workshop D – Challenging Topics at GCSE Lisa Pollard

Within the ‘old’ GCSE there were a number of topics that consistently proved challenging for many teachers and their pupils for a variety of reasons, either that the content itself was perceived to inherently have a high level of challenge or that it was less difficult material but somehow proved difficult to teach in a way that made sense to pupils, resulting, at best, in an instrumental understanding.  With the ‘new’ GCSE there have been new topics at Higher tier but also a number of topics that have moved from Higher tier to Foundation tier and some of these have been cited by teachers as being difficult for Foundation pupils to access.

In the light of these changes it is likely that the list of challenging topics will have changed, either in composition or in the nature of the challenges.  This Work Group has been convened to draw up an evidence-based list of challenging topics arising in the new GCSE and to explore effective ways of teaching some of these topics, both to address the immediate needs of the incoming Year 11 pupils, but also taking a longer term view by considering the pre-cursors for each of the topics and examining and evaluating teaching approaches for these.

In this work shop, we will look briefly at these challenging topics and identify some of the key assumptions and prerequisites; identifying how participating in this work group can support teachers and students understanding of how we can make these challenging topics less challenging.


Workshop E – Post16 Pathways: Increasing Uptake Prof Paul Glaister & Lesley Swarbrick

Post 16 Pathways and Increasing Uptake: The recent Smith report was very much in favour of increasing the numbers of post-16 students studying some form of Mathematics, and the Autumn budget included money to encourage schools to increase uptake of level 3 mathematical courses. These traditionally include A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, but AS Core Maths was introduced as a way of students studying the Mathematics which would help them in future non mathematical careers/degree courses. This workshop will give you information about the options available to post-16 students.


Workshop F – Teaching Using Variation Andrea Wickham, Jo Walker, Jane Liddle

This one of the elements involved in actively planning to develop an in-depth understanding of mathematics within students by ensuring that they understand when techniques can and cannot be used; how to apply them in a wide range of scenarios, be able to find the most efficient technique to use and not fall into the common misconceptions.  This session will look at the thought process of planning lessons in this way and provide you with a few ideas to try in your classroom.  The session is led by BBO Hubs Primary and Secondary Mastery Specialist Leads and one of our Secondary Mastery Specialists.


Workshop G – Problem Solving and Reasoning at KS4  Julie White-Zamler

The aim of our workshop is to help teachers, with all levels of experience, expand their portfolio of teaching approaches; to help them become more confident at planning; to deliberately and simply promote reasoning, problem solving and higher-order mathematical language and thinking within their classrooms and departments.  We will share and use a variety of structured approaches to adapt questions from the new GCSE curriculum.


Workshop H – Problem Solving Approaches to Teaching A-level Phil Chaffé

In this workshop, Phil will introduce a number of techniques for integrating mathematical problem solving into A level lessons. These techniques will focus on developing the strong mathematical thinking and communication skills needed for success at A level.


Workshop I – Core Maths Naomi Sani

Core Maths is the Talk of the Town (well Westminster, anyway!) Core Maths is the new Level 3 qualification for post-16 students which everybody is talking about!  With the government keen to endorse and support this pathway for significant numbers of students – and with the promised advanced premium funding, alongside the new Advanced Maths Support Programme – these are exciting times.Come and find out: ‘What a Core Maths Lesson Can Look Like?’. Just be willing to take off your shoes and join in! This is for everybody!


STEM Activities Dominic Grantley – Smith


A mathematician’s miscellany, and an apology, followed by closing remarks  Prof Glaister

Throughout his career Paul has enjoyed posing, and exploring, a variety of mathematical problems that lend themselves to relatively elementary mathematics. In this session he will share some of this miscellany of problems, and findings, by way of an apology, in the spirit of the infamous and prestigious mathematicians and collaborators G H Hardy and J E Littlewood, but at a somewhat more modest level!





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Church Road, Lane End, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3HH, United Kingdom


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