“At KS1-2, school mathematics has a fairly predictable shape each year (place value, whole number arithmetic, measures, fractions, decimals, geometry).  This changes dramatically at KS3-4, with new abstract ideas and methods round every corner: these often fragment into separate topics – making it hard for students to see the underlying unity of the discipline.  This course takes a step back, giving delegates an opportunity to take a fresh look at the progression of all students from Year 7 to Year 11 (and beyond).”


  • First step in building a powerful curriculum from years 7-11
  • Insights into maths concepts and linking topics
  • Opportunity to reflect and review on current models and structures
  • Understanding of how it links with KS2 and KS5
  • Leave with a framework for a full secondary Maths curriculum, including intent, implementation and impact
COURSE DATE London | Friday 29 January 2021
  • Heads of Mathematics
  • Other interested mathematics teachers
  • LA and Academy chain advisers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11.15: “Secondary mathematics: past, present, and future.  What needs to change?”

  • What remains at the core? Why is it important?  And for whom?
  • What are the key mathematical goals for Years 11 (and beyond)?
  • How does KS1-2 “mastery for all” support this secondary core?
  • Filling in the details: the main strands, and the key links between them

11.15 – 11.30: Break

11.30 – 12.45:  “A DIY session for pairs: starting from the National Curriculum to develop a specific strand for Years 7-11”

  • Extract and organise the content from the specification
  • Identify the connections (horizontally and vertically over time)
  • Begin to plan a detailed Programme of Study

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch and networking

13.45 – 15.00  “A communal DIY session: developing a KS3-4 sequence starting from a preliminary detailed outline of a different strand”

  • Identify key mathematical themes – where does it end?
  • Identify the main challenges for different groups of students
  • Establish the links between topics
  • Devise a detailed Programme of Study (possibly differing for different groups)

15.00 – 15.45:  “The wider context”

  • Secondary mathematics in other countries, in other subjects, and its use in the workplace
  • Problems; applications
  • Didactics (structure, variation, etc.) the nuts and bolts of
  • Extension versus acceleration, how to bring depth to your curriculum
  • Resources to support both curriculum development and teaching content

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Tony Gardiner

Tony is a mathematician, married to a teacher, who has worked with students and teachers for 50+ years.  He was part of the SMP 11-16 curriculum development project; started the national pyramid of Challenges, Olympiads, and summer schools for interested secondary students; published the Problem Solving Journal for secondary students; ran the National Mathematics Teachers’ Summer School; and has published around 30 books of materials for students and teachers.  He received the 1995 Paul Erdös Award, and the 2016 International Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education.

Alex Jacques-Williams

Alex has recently left teaching after over 20 years in the classroom, he has been an advisor for MEI, a Maths Hub lead and member of various maths panels. His most recent role was Head of Mathematics, and he was also a Maths SLE. He coordinates a network for A level Statistics teachers and has led CPD sessions in problem solving, multiplicative reasoning and curriculum design as well as coaching other Heads of Maths and teachers.