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.
Sessions details will be available shortly.
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 Event
The special event will be run by Colin Matthews. Details to follow shortly.
First Timers, NQT and Student Teachers Introduction & Networking Session
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 Event - Quiz
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 - NQT and Students Event
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.
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.