Maths Scholars Celebration Event 2023 

We are welcoming our new cohort of Scholars 2023/24 to join us at the Conference Aston in Birmingham for a number of celebratory CPD sessions!


Saturday the 23rd of September 2023


Session 1 - Teaching Mathematics Outside the Box - with Alison Kiddle (Maths Educator And Communicator) 


About the Session

As mathematics teachers, we work under the constraints of school and national policies, curriculum considerations, and examination pressures. This workshop will offer space to consider how to break free of our metaphorical boxes and find a place for joyful mathematical exploration and discovery in our classrooms. Along the way, we'll make some literal boxes of our own, and look at how practical constructions can help students' understanding of three-dimensional mathematics. 


About the Speaker

Alison is a maths educator and communicator from the East of England. 

After studying mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Alison worked as a secondary maths teacher for 6 years before joining the internationally acclaimed NRICH project in Cambridge. Since 2020, Alison has been self-employed, working as a consultant on a variety of mathematics education projects as well as tutoring, supply teaching, and writing. When not doing maths, Alison enjoys craft, birdwatching, and travelling. 

You can find out what Alison is up to by visiting her website or following her on Twitter as @AlisonKiddle


Session 2 - Ten Top Tips For Making The Most Of NRICH In Your Classroom - with Dr Ems Lord


About the Session

In this session, Director of NRICH Dr Ems Lord will lead Scholars through ways to maximise the potential of NRICH's rich mathematical resources in their classrooms. Ems will guide Scholars though the theory which underpins the development of NRICH resources, illustrating key ideas through a selection of highly engaging, hands-on activities. During the session, Scholars will explore secondary and post-16 resources (including preparation materials for university entrance tests), NRICH's Live Problems plus forthcoming free events for Scholars and their classes.


About the Speaker

Dr Ems Lord is the Director of NRICH, the University of Cambridge's multiple award-winning mathematics outreach project, and a Research Fellow in the Sciences. Ems is also the current Chair of The Mathematical Association (having previously been its President), a fellow of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers.

Ems is a regular contributor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession and a member of the Joint Mathematical Council. Ems has taught mathematics across the key stages, from Early Years to A Level Further Mathematics, and has worked in a variety of settings including a hospital school.

Her work at NRICH includes the STEP Support Programme, a project developed with the Faculty of Mathematics at Cambridge, offering free support for students considering studying mathematics at university. Her previous roles include supporting schools as a Leading Mathematics Teacher, local authority consultant and as a Chartered Mathematics Teacher.

Ems led one of the largest Masters-level Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programmes and has taught mathematics education on both BEd and PGCE teacher programmes. Her current role involves supervising Masters students at the University of Cambridge. 

Dr Ems Lord tweets via @DrEmsLord and @NRichMaths


Session 3 - Maths Isn’t The Problem, We Are - with Aidan Gollaglee (Maths Hub Lead, London South East Plus)


About the Session

Exploring why our students say, “I hate maths” and how we can get all students to be successful in the classroom, regardless of their attainment level.  

I fell out of love with mathematics before I realised that the problem wasn’t maths itself. I was confusing mathematics with mathematics lessons. If we are to get students to truly engage with mathematics, then we need to make sure we do not ruin its beauty by distilling it into a set of processes. Let’s get our students mathematically thinking. I hope you like pizza. 

*Equipment required: pencil/pen


About the Speaker

Aidan completed his mathematics degree at Loughborough University and went on to work in the aerospace industry before training to teach at King’s College London. Aidan was part of the 3rd cohort of IMA scholars and benefitted from the network and events offered. He is currently Maths Hub Lead for London South East Plus and has previously worked in multiple schools across London as a Head of Department and Lead Practitioner. 

Aidan’s own experience of maths education in a rural coastal town in Norfolk inspired him to want to make change and now focusses on supporting and delivering PD to teachers with the aim of creating a better experience of mathematics education for both students and teachers. He is an accredited NCETM PD lead and is currently working on supporting and coaching subject leaders for maths to support them in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths education. 

Aidan tweets on @LSE_MathsHub or you can get in touch via email: 




This event is open to our 2023/24 Scholars only. Please check your email inbox for your personal invitation and details on how to book your place at this event.

Online bookings close at 23:59 on Thursday the 7th of September 2023.

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