Opening Plenary - Jackie Fairchild
Abstract: Opening Plenary: Capturing Mathematical Relationships through Representation: a Timeless Human Endeavour
Jackie 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?
David 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.
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.
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
Kath 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
Is 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
The 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
Back 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 Event, 18:30 - 19:30
There 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
Come 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!
Take a break from the main programme to explore, investigate, discuss and be inspired in the ATM Workshop. Open from early until closing time.
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.