primary maths conference

Primary Mathematics Conference


On Friday 29th September we held our first annual primary maths conference. This was attended by over 70 delegates from across the Solent region. Our keynote speaker, Ben Sparks, focussed on the emotional side of mathematics and the ways on which this can impact on children’s learning. Providing problems that invoke an emotional response result in learning that is more likely to be remembered and understood.

For many of the attendees this problem invoked the greatest emotional response:

Two cars are driving on a dual carriageway.

Blue driving at 70mph

Yellow driving at 100mph

At the instant they are level they both see an obstruction ahead.

Blue stops *just* in time

What happens to yellow?

One of Ben’s suggestions included acknowledging your own emotional responses with classes and encouraging your learners to do the same by recording your mathematics in two columns.

  • A ‘Maths’ column (algebra, conclusions, formal, etc.)
  • An ‘emotions/comments’ columns (informal, running commentary)

We would love to hear from anyone that gives this a go!

The keynote was followed by a series of workshops exploring tens frames, mastery and greater depth, SEND in mainstream and bar modelling. It was a fantastic day and we look forward to welcoming many more people next year.

Our best maths tips from the day:

  • “Look for, and celebrate, the good emotions from maths.”
  • “Sometimes just do some maths just because it’s nice…”
  • “Mastery requires a long term culture shift of positive attitudes.”
  • “Representations allow children to hear the maths you are teaching.”

Resources are available at:

Maths Subject Knowledge Enhancement for Teaching Assistants

This Work Group is designed to enhance and deepen maths subject knowledge and pedagogy for teaching assistants.  Increased confidence in their own subject knowledge, and enhanced awareness of how children gain number sense and learn mathematics will allow TAs to better support children in the classroom and during small group or individual intervention. 

Courses are taking place at the following venues:



Training & Learning Centre, St. Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF 

30th October, 5th December, 8th January 


The Ringwood School, Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood BH24 1SE

16th October, 31st October, 19th January 
Isle of Wight 


Quay Art, Sea St, Newport PO30 5BW 

Riverside, The Quay, Newport PO30 2QR


15th January, 29th January 

5th February 



The Maltings, Alton GU34 1DT

18th January, 1st February, 8th February 

Please find attached, full details : CAN DO NCP

Please note there is a cost of £40 per delegate per complete 3 day course to cover venue costs.

If you are interested in signing up, please do so via the booking page.  


Introduction to Mechanics for Beginners 2017


A one day beginners’ course for teacherswho are new to teaching mechanics. 

Venue:   Training and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy, Cowper Road Portsmouth PO1 5PF 

Date:      Wednesday, 11th October 2017 

Please see attached, including details of how to sign up.  

Flyer-FMSP-CPD-Intro-to-Mechs-for beginners-2017


Collaborative Network Meetings for Primary Maths Leads

In response to discussions with head teachers, we are organising a series of collaborative network meeting for Primary Maths Leads.

These sessions will be organised by Jess Paul, SLE Maths at Northern Parade Junior School but will focus on teachers working together, sharing resources, analysing data and how to respond to the new requirements of curriculum/assessment.

The Solent Maths Hub/Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance will provide guest speakers as required by participants.


Primary Maths Leads and Aspiring Maths Leads

LOCATION:  Training & Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy for Girls, St. Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF


Developing a vision and action planning/Fluency, reasoning and problem solving 21st November
Independence and Evidence 31st January
Moderation (year 2 and 6) 15th March
Mastery – Shanghai Videos 3rd May
Evaluation and forward planning 19th June

Please Note:  All sessions will run from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

COST:             Free

If you are interested in signing up for the course, please register by clicking on the booking tool.

Secondary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery Specialist Programme

The Solent Maths Hub would like to recruit 2 further members of the Secondary Mastery Team.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop Mastery Teaching in your school and others across the region. You will have access to high quality training and be part of a national team of leading teachers.

For further details,  interested teachers should see the information document and application form.  CLOSING DATE Monday 18th September . 


Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme – Information and Application (201718)


We are delighted to confirm that we will be holding a Primary Maths Hub Conference at The Marriott Hotel on Friday, 29th September 2017 (09.30 – 15:30).

Our keynote speaker for this conference is Ben Sparks (mathematician, musician and speaker).  Ben’s keynote will explore the emotional impact of doing maths, and how dynamic geometry can tap into this.

Ben works part-time with the Further Maths Support Programme, based at the University of Bath, as a speaker, tutor and co-ordinator.  He also spends time working as a maths enrichment speaker, including the Maths Inspiration project run by Rob Eastaway.


After a short presentation on the work of the Solent Maths Hub and our keynote speaker, there will then be the opportunity to take part in a serious of workshops, including:

SEND Maths in mainstream – Emma Patman, Assistant Director, NCETM

Mastery in Action – Sarah Anderson, Mastery Specialist teacher at Swaythling Primary School

Magical Maths – Ben Sparks

An agenda, with more detailed information, will be issued nearer the date.

Please note the cost of attending this conference is £30.00 per head (to cover venue and catering costs).

Conference Agenda

If you would like to attend, please sign up via our booking tool below.  

Hands up

Post 16 Mathematics Conference

Like so many maths teachers across the country, we have eagerly waited for the publication of the Smith review into Post 16 Mathematics. This has been held up for a number of reasons but we hope (no guarantees) that there will be some news soon.   We fully expect the recommendations to be highly significant at both Level 3 and Level 2.

The Solent Maths Hub have organised an event on Thursday, 13th July at Highpoint, Southampton. This event is designed to be as informative as possible about upcoming changes and implications. We are very lucky to have joining us, a number of experts in the field.  

Please note, this event is free of charge.


SEND Conferences

The Solent Maths Hub is the only Maths Hub based in a Special Needs School-Mary Rose Academy an outstanding school for children with Complex Needs.

Last week we ran two national conferences focusing on SEND in Maths with nationally renowned speakers. The Wednesday Conference was focused on Special Schools and the Friday conference on SEND in mainstream. It was very clear that there is a huge demand from across the country for further support and networking.

If you wish to be included in a SEND Maths network either for Special Schools or SEND in mainstream please email us on . This is going to be a priority for us in the coming year.

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