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Maths revolution takes off in Enfield

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27 June 2016

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'Teaching for Big Ideas in Mathematics' is an all-day primary maths conference on 30 June at Haselbury School in Edmonton organised by Enfield Council's school improvement service and sponsored by Oxford University Press.

'Teaching for Big Ideas in Mathematics' is an all-day primary maths conference on 30 June at Haselbury School in Edmonton organised by Enfield Council's school improvement service and sponsored by Oxford University Press.

It is led by internationally renowned expert, Professor Mike Askew, and has attracted maths leaders from 60 primary schools throughout the borough aiming to further raise maths achievement among pupils and inspire teachers with new ideas.

Professor Askew believes that all pupils can act as mathematicians, given rich, engaging and challenging problems expanding an already imaginative base of maths teaching in Enfield primary schools.

The conference will consider:

  • What is a Big Idea?
  • What are some Big Ideas in Mathematics?
  • Planning and Teaching Mathematics with a focus on Big Ideas

For children of primary school age maths is an exciting subject where they learn concepts of number, are able to apply arithmetical reasoning, equivalence, classification and meanings and symbols.

These are the 'Big Five' ideas driving a teaching system based on understanding and using mathematical disciplines that engage children.

Systems of teaching have been devised using geometry, algebra and statistics where they learn counting, measure, gather data, make comparisons, interpret, represent and solve addition and subtraction word problems.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member, for Education, Children's Services & Protection, said: "This conference is a fantastic opportunity to further develop the work of the school improvement service and our schools who are working hard to revitalise maths.

"Professor Askew is among the leading mathematicians promoting exciting ways to get children really interested in maths and to encourage teachers with inspired work schemes. We are delighted that he will be explaining the principles of this teaching.

"Our schools are already producing excellent work. This conference builds on it harnessing the ambition of our teachers with new ideas to make learning for children fascinating, fun and a foundation for their futures."

About Professor Mike Askew

Mike has taught at all levels and has led research projects and writing throughout the world, including 'Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools' and Nuffield funded projects including 'Raising Attainment in Numeracy' and 'Mental Calculations: Interpretations and Implementation'.

Following his role as Professor of Education at King's College London, Mike has spent the last four years as Professor of Primary Education at Monash University, Melbourne.

He has 40 years primary teaching experience and is widely respected.