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The Easter Conference is an annual highlight of ATM’s programme of professional development events and is taking place on the 29 March - 1 April 2016 at Chesford Grange, Warwick

The conference offers members an invaluable opportunity to explore new ideas and make social and professional connections in a stimulating and challenging environment that encourages face-to-face sharing and learning. 

Learn first-hand about the latest developments in mathematics education and be inspired by the wide range of sessions available

I always leave conference and return to work inspired with new ideas to use with my classes in schools and college and, more recently, those beginning to teach.

Anne Haworth, 2015

Book Your Place at Conference 

cpd-logo-smallYou can now book your place at the 2016 ATM conference. Remember to have your Session Booklet on-hand. This year we have over seventy-five sessions available, in addition to all of the amazing extra and special events.

We have also introduced payment instalments, making your ATM conference experience even more affordable (full details are available on the Price List). Remember to take advantage of Early Bird prices.

Conference Grants 

Student to NQT Conference Grant

Student members who attend the 2016 ATM conference are eligible to apply for a student to NQT grant. If your application is accepted, following the completion of your student subscription your membership will be automatically renewed as an NQT for 12 months.

The grant is based on a first-come-first-serve bases. You must apply for the grant no later than the 1 April 2016 . Simply fill out the online form and we will be in touch following the conference to inform you if your application has been successful. 

ATM Raffle sponsored by TTS

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Buy your raffle ticket at the ATM book store and you'll be entered into the raffle prize draw. You could win exciting prizes, including a Magnetic Polydron Class Set (96 pieces), a bottle of bubbly, a selection of ATM publications and lots of other goodies! 

Your Conference App is Ready to Download


Download the new app and gain immediate, up-to-date information about the conference as well as access to your own personal agenda, attendee details, offers and much more...

To find the app search for ATM_2016 in your app store! Alternatively the below links will take you directly to the app:
You can also view the app on your desktop by simply accessing the site and entering your email address. 

Once you have downloaded your app you will need to enter the email address you used to buy/book your place.

The app is still being updated so keep an eye-out for changes. You might notice a red update button on the left hand corner. Just refresh and you'll gain immediate access to the changes.

Any problems please contact the conference team


Take a break from the main programme to explore, investigate, discuss and be inspired in the ATM Workshop. Open from early until closing time. 

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Already Booked?

You can view your event details by visiting the "My Events" area of of the website. Check what sessions you have booked, alter your special requirements and make changes to your account.


    Opening Plenary - Jackie Fairchild 

     Abstract: Opening Plenary: Capturing Mathematical Relationships through Representation: a Timeless Human Endeavour 

    JF ATM photoJackie graduated from Nottingham University in Mathematics with Computing and gained an MSc at Oxford University in Computation. She did her PGCE in Cambridge where she was immersed in Charlie Gilderdale’s great variety of mathematical tasks and was fortunate enough to be supervised by Anne Watson back in Oxford for her PGDES. She greatly enjoyed being part of a group working on mathematical tasks led by Anne Watson and John Mason over a number of years.

    Jackie has been teaching for over 20 years, she has led mathematics departments in two schools and she has been an assistant headteacher for nearly ten years.

    Her research on the development of understanding of algebra using diagrammatic representations was published by Oxford University Department of Educational Studies and has since been described in a number of text books. Jackie authored the Di Pi Mysteries published by Rising Stars and all of the mathematical tasks for Rising Stars’ Key Stage 3 series Using and Applying Mathematical Skills. She has produced many assessments, activities and a number of chapters for text books as well as questions for national tests. Jackie has been a member of ACME’s outer circle for over 3 years.

    Closing Plenary - David Cain 

     Abstract: Our Mathematical Endeavour – Creative or Non-Creative?

    DCDavid Cain graduated In Mathematics from Imperial College, London and went to work in the BBC for 11 years as a composer in the Radiophonic Workshop and as a radio drama director. Then he won a two year Gulbenkian scholarship to write music for schools in Cumbria, loved working with young people and, after a PGCE year, got a job in a small secondary school in Silloth teaching music, general science, English literature and drama! Later he taught some mathematics, came into contact with Geoff Faux and joined ATM at the beginning of the 1980’s.

    David was a founder member of the ATM Children’s Workshop Group and his school was one of the seven schools which piloted the ATM GCSE at the end of the 1980’s.  After two years in Ghana as a regional maths advisor he worked in Northampton in the 1990’s as an advisor and inspector. At the same time, thanks to Jan Potworowski, he spent a lot of time as EU coordinator of various mathematical projects in Poland. Finally, having had enough of the educational idiocies going on in the UK, he retired to Poland and married the Polish coordinator of the Polish projects! He is still working as a maths advisor in an advisory centre in Zgierz.


    Interactive Programme 2016


    With over seventy-five inspiring sessions to choose from there will be lots of options to suite everyone. Book early to ensure you reserve your place at the sessions that most interest you!  



    The conference offers a number of social events to allow our delegates to get to know one another, relax and network outside of the main Conference programme. 

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    We're still working on the Programme and we're excited by the number of possible events we might introduce into the 2016 conference. Watch this space! 

    Tuesday Evening Events

    Special Event: The Kath Cross Workshop, 19:30 – 21:00

    KKKath Cross was a member of ATM for 48 years and attended every conference except one during those years. She had a great influence on many mathematics teachers through her work with ATM and as an HMI.

    This workshop is held in memory of Kath and in celebration of her life and work. Groups will be led by some of those who knew Kath and shared her ideals. We will work together on the mathematics that Kath loved: practical, beautiful, interesting and fun! You are encouraged to share memories of Kath and/or to bring mathematics that aligns with Kath’s vision and principles for others to work on. You can learn more about Kath and her work through various MT articles, collated here.

    Kath also loved eating and drinking with friends, so this special event will finish with a drinks reception!

    First Timers, NQTs and Student Teachers: Introduction & Networking Session, 21:00 Onwards

    NQTIs it your first time at an ATM conference? Are you an NQT or student teacher? Why not sign-up to the First Timers event and join John Hibbs in a special workshop in the bar area. You’ll be given the opportunity to gain valuable social and professional contacts in an informal and welcoming setting.  

    Enjoy a free complimentary drink as you discuss the issues teacher of mathematics commonly experience and learn more about the many possibilities an ATM conference has to offer. 

    Please note: You will need to sign up online to ensure you receive your drinks token. 

    Wednesday Evening Events

    Annual General Meeting, 18:45 – 20:15

    AGMThe annual general meeting of the Company will be held on Wednesday 30 March at 18:45 at Chesford Grange, Warwick. Come along and support you association.


    Quiz, 20:30 Onwards  

    quizBack by popular demand, the quiz will be hosted with favourite presenters Colin Penfold and Tony Cotton.

     Don't have a team yet? Turn up anyway and we'll help you find one. It's a great way to make new friends. We have some great prizes up for grabs so scrub-up on your general knowledge!

    Thursday Evening Events

    NQT and Students Swap Shop, 18:30 - 19:30

    083 ATM 2015There will be a special event for NQTs and student teachers at the end of the conference. Come along, share your experiences of the conference and share the best resources and teaching ideas that you have been introduced to. A swap shop for ideas and a time to create a network of like minded people that you can draw on in the future.

    Musical Event, 19:30 – 21:00

     You can either sign-up and take part or just come along, watch and enjoy the musical event.

    Jigabit - Ceilidh Band, 21:00

    trentcollege0906Come along and dance to the foot-tapping music of JIGABIT and be guided through the ceilidh dances by their excellent Caller Bob! 

    With JIGABIT, you can be assured of a cracking good night of music and dance, so bring a sense of humour and a willingness to get stuck in and have a night of fun dancing to this Ceilidh band.

    Jigabit is a popular and much sought-after Midlands-based Ceilidh and Barn Dance Band.  With a truly multi instrumental line-up, JIGABIT features Fiona Maurice-Smith on piano accordion,Al Harris on bass guitar and vocals, Vere Foster on fiddle and mandolin, and Bob Ballard, the band’s ace Caller, who also plays acoustic rhythm guitar, occasionally percussion, and sings lead vocals for the songs which JIGABIT do between the dances, giving you a chance to dance without being told what to do! 



    Chesford Grange is a fantastic four-star Warwickshire hotel offering everything you could possibly wish for in a hotel.


    Historic charm is coupled with contemporary glamour, all set in beautiful grounds on the edge of the River Avon.

    Chesford Grange boasts luxurious bedrooms, an excellent restaurant and some of the best conference and event space in Warwickshire. 


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    ATM are excited to announce that our 2016 Conference, 'Mathematics as a Human Endeavour', taking place on the 29 March to the 1 April 2016 is live and have already received a large number of delegate bookings. 

    The Conference is an annual highlight of ATM’s programme of professional development and brings together anyone who has an interest in the learning and teaching of mathematics. We expect 250+ delegates to attend. 

    The publishers’ exhibition represents a valued opportunity for delegates to review the wide range of publications and materials that are available to support and enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics.

    You are invited to exhibit your publications and materials on Wednesday 30 March and/or Thursday 31 March, between 9 am and 5 pm. 

    The booking form is available online. We recommend the early completion of the form as places are on a first come first serve bases. Early Bird rates are available until 5 January 2016.  Please ignore this email if you have already booked as an Exhibitor for 2016. 

    The exhibition area is very well situated in the main exhibitor hall and this space is centrally located within the conference. Lunch, tea and coffee will be served in the same room as exhibitors, along with the ATM bookstall and delegates will have plenty of time to view exhibitions between sessions and during lunch/tea breaks. 

    Lunch is included for up to 2 people per stand, if you require anymore please indicate this on the booking form.

    Released Jan 2016 - The New ATM 2016 Conference app

    Conference apps are rapidly becoming a standard part of most professionally organised events, as a well-designed app will upgrade the overall conference experience for all.

    With this in mind this ATM have commissioned a technologically up-to-date Conference App that will be easy, intuitive and enjoyable to use and will provide high profile internal advertising opportunity for publishers. 

    You can personally and easily update:

    • Company profile
    •  Logo
    • Email address
    • Website address

    Featured Exhibitors

    Featured exhibitors will also have their logo/advert listed around the app site. 

    Book your place in the exhibition area of the App now. 


    We would like to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the conference and in return we can provide recognition of your name and/or institutional affiliation on our conference website and/or conference promotional materials through one of the following levels:

    Octagon Level (£2 500 - £3 000)

    • Sponsorship recognition in the Conference App (Name and/or Logo)
    • Main Sponsorship recognition on the Conference website
    • Sponsorship recognition on the delegate bag
    • Sponsorship recognition during the key note lecture - TBC
    • Special Event Quiz Sponsorship 
    • Electronic Signage on flatscreens throughout venue

    Heptagon Level (£2 000 - £2 500)

    • Sponsorship recognition in the Conference App (Name and/or Logo)
    • Sponsorship recognition on the Conference website
    • Sponsorship recognition on the delegate bag
    • Special Event Quiz Sponsorship 
    • Electronic Signage on flatscreens throughout venue

    Hexagon Level (£500 - £1 000)

    • Sponsorship recognition on the delegate bag
    • Sponsorship recognition on the Conference website
    • Electronic Signage on flatscreens throughout venue 

    Other ad hoc sponsorship will be considered. These may include:

    • Quiz night £200 or prizes
    • Ceilidh Band £700
    • Special Event £250
    • Wine Reception (£600 + £900)

    To serve as a sponsor for the 2016 ATM Conference please fill out the online Sponsorship form. If you have any queries please get in touch with us. 

    I always leave conference and return to work inspired with new ideas to use with my classes in schools and college and, more recently, those beginning to teach.

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