2023 Staff Development Day

30 Jan 2023

A nation-wide collaborative event for maths school staff and associates. 

On the 27th January 2023, we had the opportunity to hold a {U}Maths staff development day. Hosted at one of the newly opened maths schools – Lancaster University School of Mathematics – the day was an opportunity for maths school staff members and associates across the country to meet, connect, teach, and strengthen the relationship between the {U}Maths network schools. 

After breakfast, ‘icebreaker bingo networking’ and warm introductions (and reunions), maths school headteachers Peter Tiltman, Damian Haigh and Kerry Burnham took to the stage to welcome and celebrate those sat before them. The morning then unfolded into various directions, with groups being led throughout the brand new LUSoM building to participate in a number of workshops. 

The day provided an opportunity to explore a variety of interesting topics such as ‘Physics in a Maths School’ and also more practical workshops, such as ‘Proven (Best) Practice Sharing and Knowledge Exchange’. MESME (Mathematics Education for Social Mobility & Excellence) was one charity that attended the development and participated in the teacher workshops. Following the morning sessions small groups of LUSoM students gave presentations sharing the exciting findings of their recent projects and the steps they have taken towards the ‘LUSoM’ awards. 

The afternoon held sessions from guest speakers across the English mathematical landscape, such as Exeter University’s Dr Gihan Marasingha and Edge Hill University’s Dawne Irving-Bell, PHD. The presence of such respected and esteemed supporters acts a as a reminder of the exciting work of maths schools and the incredible range of specialists that are keen to endorse, be involved and support the network. 

The day was an opportunity to strengthen the connections between all the mathematics schools To many, it was a chance to learn from some of the country’s leading mathematicians. To all, it was a reminder of the ever changing, ever growing potential of the {U}Maths network and the significance of coming together, and being stronger for it. 

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