Greater Manchester Branch

Branch Contact

More information is available from Rosa Archer and Sue Pope.

Greater Manchester eNews

Join the Greater Manchester Branch emailing list

Remove yourself from the Greater Manchester Branch emailing list

Forthcoming Meetings

Saturday 1 July 2017

Using Cuisenaire Rods 

Venue:  Manchester Metropolitan University (Room to be announced)

Previous meetings

Saturday 18th March 2017 at 10:30 -12:30 (arrive from 10:00am)

Anne Haworth will lead a session on Imagery, drawing on the ATM publication.

Venue: B4.3 Ellen Wilkinson Building at the University of Manchester


Saturday 8th October 2016 at 10:30 - 12:30 (arrive from 10.00am)

Nic Smith on Core Mathematics

Core Maths is an exciting new qualification intended to increase participation in post-16 mathematics. It is aimed at students who do achieve a GCSE grade C or above but don’t want to study A level. Nic Smith is a Core Maths Lead who has been teaching and working with others who want to introduce Core Maths in their school or college since it started. Whilst Core Maths is apost-16 qualification this session will be of interest to anyone who wants to see more problem solving and real life application of mathematics in the classroom.

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University 

Please note that the venue for  the Greater Manchester branch meeting is Brooks 2.37 (no. 17 on campus map

Saturday 18 June 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00

Venue: MMU Brooks building M15 6GX

Title: Sharing conference delights - Local members who attended the ATM Easter conference will share their favourite bits of mathematics

Saturday 6 February 2016 - 10:30 - 12:00

ATM parachuteMathematics with a Parachute - A fun practical session exploring the potential of a parachute for mathematics aimed a primary and secondary mathematics teachers.

Venue: 3.78 at Brooks Building MMU

For direction see

Saturday October 10 2015 - The meeting is at 10:30 - 12:00 

All teachers of children from 4 to 18 who teach any mathematics are most welcome, however this session will be mainly aimed at secondary teachers.

Assessing mathematics in the new curriculum – Sue Pope

ATM members are preparing a new publication to support teacher assessment given the demise of levels. Drawing on the Bowland assessment materials ATM members have articulated progression in rich tasks KS2-3 with reference to expectations in the new curriculum, mindful of the aims: mathematical reasoning and communication, problem solving and conceptual understanding.

Come and have a preview and inform the refinement of these materials at the Manchester local branch meeting 10:00 for 10:30 - 12:30,

Venue: The University of Manchester , Manchester Institute of Education, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Room B4.3 Oxford Road, M13 9PL

ATM members: £2 Students: free  Non-Members: £5. 

We look forward to seeing you

Thursday 11th June 4:30pm

Venu: The University of Manchester, EllenWilkinson Building, room B4.3

All teachers of children from 4 to 18 who teach any mathematics are most welcome, however this session will be mainly aimed at secondary teachers.

ATM members: £2 Students: free  Non-Members: £5. 

Bob Vertes

"Bob will help explore some number chains produced by repeating processes,

 covering some of the activities in his 2015 ATM Easter Conference session 

Bob will also share some People mathematics activities. People mathematics usespeople to form the moving pieces of a mathematical activity, be it a puzzle, a sum, a diagram or a demonstration. These activities have the potential for rich mathematical exploration and investigation. The emphasis is on discussion within the group taking part. The need for such discussion to take place makes these activities an invaluable resource for teachers and of immediate appeal to learners. The book contains 43 different activities, and note on some of the activities and additional places to look for ideas. Teachers of pupils and of adults of all ages will therefore find within this book activities to promote and proclaim the joy of learning and doing mathematics.

Events in the Greater Manchester area

Inspiring Mathematics Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, Saturday 27 June 2015, Brooks Building, Manchester campus, M15 6GX

The theme this year is ‘Incorporating creative practice within all phases of mathematics education’.

Keynote speakers:

Debbie Morgan, from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and Ruth Merttens, from the Hamilton Trust

There will be a range of practical workshops, run by various practitioners, aimed at the primary, secondary or transition phases. In particular there will be two ATM workshops. If you wish to contribute to the workshop please contact Sue Pope 

The next Greater Manchester Branch Meeting will take place on Saturday February 7 at Manchester Metrpolitan University, School of Education, Birley Building, Bonsall Street

The meeting is at 10:30 - 12:00 

Sue Hough (Manchester Metropolitan University) will present a different approach to teaching Number at GCSE.

In this session we will look at some approaches to teaching Number based on Realistic Mathematics Education. The material has been developed as part of a Nuffield funded intervention project which involves a team from Manchester Metropolitan University working with  Post 16 GCSE resit students and their teachers to investigate the impact of this approach on students’ attitudes, examination success and long term understanding.

The next Greater Manchester Branch meeting will take place on Saturday 22 November 2014 at The University of Manchester, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road M13 9PL.

The meeting is at 10:30 and will last until 12:00

The title of the meeting is: "What do the curricula changes mean for my practice?"

All teachers of children from 4 to 18 who teach any mathematics are most welcome, however this session will be mainly aimed at secondary teachers. ATM members £2, students free, non-members £3.

Rosa Archer and Sue Pope will lead the discussion on the curriculum changes. We will share some activities focusing on "fluency"

Share a thought on the recent development. If you have any examples of how your school has reacted to recent changes please feel free to share them.

There will be a bookstall with a few popular ATM publications available to or cards.

Sat 01 Mar 2014

Mike Ollerton will share some of his ideas for progression from Y7 to KS4.

Mike has been a teacher-educator for many years and a long-time member of ATM. He is a regular presenter at ATM conference and author of such books as Getting the Buggers to Add Up and Maths Without a Textbook as well as several ATM publications.

You are guaranteed a stimulating session with some great ideas to take back to you classroom.

Saturday June 28 from 10:30am

Manchester University School of Education, Room B4.3Ellen Wilkinson Building, M13 9PL

All teachers of children from 4 to 18 who teach any mathematics are most welcome

ATM members £2            students free:   non-members £3. 

 Carole Tham, one of our GM branch members will offer the meeting some thoughts and ideas on transition from KS4 to post-16 based on her own experiences in her school in Blackburn.

  • Share a thought from BCME.  Did any member attend BCME and has a memorable session....or perhaps just a conversation that they can share with the branch community?

 There will be a bookstall with a few popular ATM publications available to or cards.  

General information

Cost: £2.00 for ATM members, £3.00 for non-members, students FREE.

Meetings will be from 10:30 to 12:30.

Venue: Room B4.3 of the Ellen Wilkinson Building, Manchester University, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

More information is available from Joe Murray.


Sat 05 Oct 2013

Yvonne Barnes and Fiona Cockram from MMU will offer 'Maths on the Mat' workshop with some primary activities to share.

Sat 29 Jun 2013 • 10:30-12:30


If you went to conference, come and share your thoughts on the best bits from conference. If you were not there come and listen or just bring along a best bit from your own teaching...everyone’s got one!

Sat 02 Feb 2013 • 10:30

Barbara and Derek Ball will work on one or two rich mathematical tasks which are designed to help learners use and extend their mathematical knowledge and understanding while working on engaging activities. The tasks are intended to develop confident and creative mathematicians who are willing to take risks, engage with others and take responsibility for their own learning.

Barbara is author of the ATM publications: Rich Task Maths 1 and 2.

Sat 29 Sep 2012

Rich tasks: Algebra

We began with two short starter ideas which offered a number or algebra solution. A carousel of longer investigations / algebra problems included some practical Algebra games from the ATM publication, What kind of game is algebra? A brief update on the draft primary national curriculum included a couple of ideas for helping develop algebraic thinking with children in primary schools.

PDF of the presentation used at this meeting

Sat 30 Jun 2012

Sue Pope leads ‘Hands on mathematics - practical tasks to delight and intrigue’

Some favourite practical tasks that are accessible, yet have the potential to challenge a wide range of learners.

Primary and secondary teachers of mathematics are promised an enjoyable morning with ideas for the classroom.

Come and join us. If you came last time....bring a friend this time!

ATM Greater Manchester is particularly keen to involve primary teachers.

There will be a short Annual General Meeting during the morning with a brief agenda to take a branch report, accounts and consider the programme for 2012-13. Please have your suggestions, offers and ideas ready.

Sat 05 May 2012

Mathematics without a whiteboard or a board marker

With Rosa Archer, PGCE tutor at Manchester University.

Sat 25 Feb 2012

Mathematics spring offers...try one get some free!

With Joe Murray, Teaching and learning consultant - mathematics.

Sat 21 Jan 2012

‘Beautiful Mathematics’

Presented by Anne Haworth, former PGCE tutor at Manchester since 1968.