NQT Inspiration Day 2015: Nurturing Creative Problem Solvers

Age 5 to 18

Group of students working on NRICH resourceDate: Wednesday 1st July 2015
Time: 10.00 - 15.30 
Venue: University of Cambridge, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge CB3 0WA

Celebrate the end of your first year of teaching by joining us for a maths-filled professional development day with the NRICH team.

Join the NRICH team in Cambridge for a free professional development day designed to support NQTs in nurturing confident, resourceful and creative mathematical problem-solvers in their classrooms.

As a result of attending this full-day CPD event you will also have a better understanding of how to use rich tasks to support the aims of the new National Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

About the day: The day will be highly interactive with a mix of plenary speaker sessions and workshops. 

We will:

  • explore what is meant by rich tasks that support creative problem solving
  • understand how to embed them in the mathematics lesson
  • become familiar with the extensive resources being made available by the NRICH team
  • discuss and debate effective practice with other teachers

Outline of the day:

  9.30 - 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.30 Mastering Mathematics - the NRICH perspective

10.30 - 12.15 Workshop 1: Inspiring reasoning through rich tasks


12.15 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 14.45 Workshop 2: Engaging all learners through problem solving

14.45 - 15.30 Talk by David Spiegelhalter on "Things to do with chance"

15.30             Close

Resources introduced on the day:

Five strands of mathematical proficiency  

National Research Council (2001) - Adding it up: Helping children learn mathematics:
Chapter 4: The strands of mathematical proficiency.
Chapter 9: Teaching for mathematical proficiency.

Forwards add Backwards

Early Years and Key Stage 1 resources

Key Stage 2 resources

Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 resources

David Spiegelhalter's slides and his Understanding Uncertainty website. 



Cost: FREE. Thanks to the generous support of the Templeton World Charity Foundation, we are able to offer free places to teachers from UK schools. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided without charge for all delegates. (Please note that, at our discretion, a cancellation charge of £95 will be incurred in the event of non-attendance on the day, or cancellation by Friday 19 June 2015)

How to book: Online booking is now closed. Schools may send a maximum of two delegates. Places are limited: early booking is advised. Permission to attend must be obtained from your Head/SMT before booking a place.