We are now delighted to confirm that “Maths in the Sticks” will be running again this year, on Sunday 22nd April 2018. Many of you will now be familiar with the routine: an engaging day of KS5 professional development with a hearty Sunday lunch! I am also very pleased that have once again partnered with the Further Maths Support Programme to run this year’s event.
Programme for the Day
All our speakers are now confirmed, though the precise timings of the day may be subject to change.
Our opening speaker this year will be Colin Wright (@colinthemathmo) with his hugely engaging talk on the mathematics of juggling. We are also pleased to welcome Daniel Griller (@puzzlecritic), author of the puzzle book Elastic Numbers, and Luciano Rila (@drtrapezio) from UCL who frequently runs sessions for both A level students and teachers. This year we also have Sue de Pomerai (@suedepom) from the FMSP who will be looking at some of the newer (or at least less familiar) content in the new Further Maths pure module.
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 and vegan options. I should be able to get a bottle of wine or two open, too!
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 between 3 and 4pm 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.
We typically have space for around 35 teachers each year. Please complete the registration form on Eventbrite to book your place.
You might also be interested to know that we are currently advertising a position for a Maths Teacher to join us at Hurtwood. Full details are on our school website here, and the vacancy is also listed on the TES here. (Closing date 2nd February.)