I am looking forward to making the most of all the support the Maths Scholarship offers during my initial teacher training. A good place to begin is with the events arranged for Scholars to meet each other.

I am looking forward to seeing where other Maths Scholars are from and listening to the stories they tell. As a trainee teacher I am eager to take on lots of ideas and use different approaches to delivering lesson content to find what works for me and connects with my students. Therefore, it is wonderful to have the chance to speak to other Maths Scholars in person at events and discuss what approaches they have found work well. Whether it be how they approached teaching a difficult topic or their behaviour management strategies, I am looking forward to learning from their diverse range of experiences.

Similarly, I have found that the CPD events are a great opportunity to hear from guest speakers who have a wealth of experience teaching maths. For instance, at the recent Maths Scholars Welcome Webinar 2022, we heard from Dr Ems Lord about how to make the most of the resources on the NRICH website.

Ems discussed the question bank that NRICH holds; the ‘student solutions’ section where students can submit their answers to be published on the website; and the STEP support they provide with the University of Cambridge. I came away from the event and emailed my KS5 Maths lead about the STEP support NRICH offers to see if this could help our Mathematicians in the sixth form. I only knew about NRICH’s STEP support thanks to the NRICH webinar and hope that this makes a lasting change to our curriculum.

I am also looking forward to discovering how Mathematics can be used in the real world through the free membership to professional bodies such as the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and London Mathematical Society (LMS) accessed through the Maths Scholarship.

I have already signed up to newsletters from the IMA, RSS and LMS and have received my first copy of Mathematics Today (a magazine produced by the IMA). I hope that, by drawing stronger links between the classroom material I am teaching and its real-world application, my students will become more curious about how Maths is used.

As you can see, the Maths Scholarship really does offer an excellent support to you when you teacher train. Through meeting other Maths Scholars, hearing from guest speakers and keeping up to date with how maths is used in the real world, I am confident that I will be in a better position at the end of my teacher training thanks to the support offered by the Maths Scholarship.

**By James Rolls**

**You can keep in touch with James on Instagram.**

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