Maths in Work

Maths Works!

A series of professional development events developed in collaboration with the Mascil project team at the University of Nottingham.

Are you looking for new approaches to teaching mathematics that are motivating and engaging for students?
Would you like to:

Find out more about how mathematics is used in industry?
Feel better equipped to answer questions like ‘What’s the point of maths?’ ‘Why do we have to learn it?’, and ‘When am I ever going to use it?
Help your students to value mathematical skills?

This series of three linked one-day events is designed to help you develop teaching approaches that will:

  • Enrich your lessons with interesting examples of current applications of mathematics arising from real workplace situations
  • Engage students using realistic problems that occur in various workplace contexts
  • Develop students’ understanding of how mathematics is used in the workplace

It brings together examples from employers of how mathematics is used in the workplace with research-based approaches to developing student thinking and making meaningful connections to the world of work in the classroom. Participants will be introduced to a range of classroom activities and professional development materials for teachers.


The series aims to support mathematics teachers with the development of inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning that increase student awareness of how mathematics is used in the world of work.


The series is most suited to teachers of mathematics at Key Stage 3 or 4. The three one-day events are linked and it is expected that each participant will attend all three days. It is designed for teachers who are able to work with a small group of colleagues in their own school between sessions to try out the teaching approaches discussed in the sessions and professional development tasks from the Mascil toolkit.


The provisional programme for the series is available.


The linked events are spread over three full-days between January and June 2015:
Wednesday January 21st
Wednesday March 18th
Wednesday June 10th


All three days will be at The Studio, Birmingham, close to Birmingham New Street station.


The cost of the full series of three one-day events will be £295. This includes all resources and refreshments.


To book a place on the series please complete the registration form and return it to the email address provided on the form. Invoices for payment will be issued on receipt of the registration form.

Further Information

For further information about booking and payment please contact the projects team at University of Nottingham. If you have other queries about the series then please contact Diane Dalby.

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