Maths in the Sticks (2016)




After much behind-the-scenes work, Maths in the Sticks (#mathsticks) now has an Eventbrite registration page. Booking will open early morning on Monday 25th January. Please, however, read the important information below regarding the event.

Further Maths Support Programme

I have coordinated this event as part of my work as an associate for the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP). If your school/college has not already registered with them, then do so today! Not only will you be kept informed about all of the CPD and enrichment events taking place, but you will also gain free access to areas of the ‘Integral Resources‘ site which can help to support your teaching of many A level modules.

Hurtwood House

The event will take place at my school, Hurtwood House. Our postcode is RH5 6NU and, as you will see from Google Maps, we are in quite a remote location in the beautiful Surrey hills. Direct access to the school is only possible by car and, where possible, I would encourage people to drive and/or car share. However, so as not to exclude anyone, I can arrange for a minibus pick-up from Guildford train station at 9am. There is a box on the registration form where you can indicate if you would like this service. (Please check that suitable trains run on a Sunday for you to make it to Guildford before 9!) Of course, there will be a return minibus, departing Hurtwood House around 3pm at the end of the day.

Please also bear in mind that there is a flight of outdoor steps between the room we are using and the canteen. If you are keen to attend but are concerned about accessibility, then please contact me directly and we can see what arrangements might be possible.

Programme for the Day

Here is the basic outline for the day:

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I’m very pleased that we have secured Ben Sparks (@sparksmaths) to begin the day for us, with his fascinating talk The Creation of Number. As you can see, we then have Sue de Pomerai (@suedepom) from the FMSP providing an update on the latest information about the 2017 changes. After a coffee break, Jo Morgan (@mathsjem) and myself (@sxpmaths) will look at different resources and activities that you can take straight back to the classroom.


After lunch, I am hoping that a number of teachers will be willing to share an activity, resource, or anything else of interest in short, sharp sessions. Perhaps you have a particular resource that worked well with one of your classes? Or an idea for livening up revision lessons? Or just a little gem of mathematics that you’d really like to share? The success of the afternoon session relies on your willingness to stand up and share for 5 minutes! On the registration form, there is a tickbox to indicate if you would consider contributing to this session. You still have 3 months to decide precisely what you might like to share 🙂

Sunday Roast

I have blogged before how CPD really shouldn’t be about the food, but hosting this event on a Sunday was a deliberate decision. Our school serves a roast lunch buffet-style, along with a salad bar. I should be able to get a bottle or two of wine open, too!


Registration for this event uses Eventbrite and that will ‘go live’ on Monday 25th January.

Click here to be taken to the Eventbrite registration page.

Places are limited to 35 but, if I have figured out Eventbrite correctly, we should be able to keep a waiting list in case people need to drop out. This is a free event, with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions at all, then please contact me either through Twitter or using my school email:

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