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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 10 - 13 April 2017 at the *Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon. The theme this year is 'Mathematical Learning Journeys'.

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 found the conference to be a valuable source of ideas that I can implement in the classroom. I was able to engage in some fabulous discussions that will further direct my teaching. I cannot wait for next year!.

Sarah Plumridge, Student Teacher, University of Worcester, 2016

Book Your Place at Conference 

 The online booking system for the 2017 ATM Conference is live. Book your place today!

NEW payment options!

.Student only offer! Student Residential Shared Room - save money by buddying up with a roommate. To take advantage of this offer please use the Student Residential Shared Room booking form (you will not be able to book this option through the normal booking process). 

Check out the Costs for the 2017 ATM Conference form for full details!

Liverpool Mathematical Society Bursary Fund

The next deadline for applications is 31 May 2017, when they expect to award bursaries between £50 and £300 (exceptionally up to £500) to a total value of a maximum of £1000. Awards will be announced no later than 14 June 2017. Applications should be made in advance of the deadline so that we can contact applicants for further information if necessary.

Click here to find out how to apply for the bursary fund. 


Make sure you have the Session Booklet  on-hand when booking your place!

Your Conference App is Ready to Download

phoneDownload 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_2017 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.

Please note: Any prebooked sessions will be added to the app agenda two weeks prior to the event.

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

Standards in Mathematics and the Changing Qualifications Q&A - Tuesday 11 April at 14:00 - 15:30 

  • Andrew Taylor, AQA Head of Curriculum
  • Peter Monteath, CIE Regional Director for UK & Ireland
  • Clare Fowler, DfE head of Raising Standards in Mathematics
  • Alison Tonkin, Ofqual Standards, Standards for Design, Development & Evaluations of GQ senior manager
  • Eddie Wilde, OCR Subject Team Manager
  • Joanna Deko, Pearson Senior Product Manager Mathematics 
  • Gareth Pierce, WJEC Chief Executive 
  • Jane Jones HMI, Ofsted National Lead for Mathematics

The Q&A will be chaired by Corinne Angier, ATM Honorary Secretary.

ATM Raffle sponsored by Haese Mathematics

HaeseRound raffleBuy your raffle ticket at the ATM bookstore and you'll be entered into the raffle prize draw. You could win exciting prizes, including a 500 Multilink set, an international Cuisenaire set, ATM merchandise, a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, a selection of ATM publications and lots of other goodies! 

MEI logoMEI, in conjunction with ATM, will be offering a one-day OCR (MEI) AS/A level Further Mathematics strand with a choice of eight sessions on the 12 April 2017. These sessions will be incorporated into the main ATM Conference programme and can be reserved through the ATM online booking process. MEI sessions are designed to complement each other but will stand alone. 

TSM-logo-smTSM, in conjunction with ATM,  will this year be offering a “Teaching and Learning with ICT" strand. This will give delegates an opportunity to practice and refine their skills in sessions specific to:  Geogebra (A4/B4), Data and Excel (D4), Autograph (E6/F6), Web Resources (G7), Tablet Apps (H7), Differential Equations (H10) and Google Docs (I7).  Session C4 is for those who are “new to tech”. Session leaders will include Tom Cowan, Mark Dawes, Richard Lissaman and Douglas Butler, and places can be reserved through the ATM online booking process.

2016 ATM Conference Video

conf filmThe 2016 ATM Conference video, Mathematics as a Human Endeavour, is now available to view online! See why our delegates are so passionate about the learning and teaching of mathematics and discover exactly why so many of them leave the event rejuvenated and inspired!


Conference is an annual mathematical oasis in a turbulent educational sea.

Cath Costello, Head of Maths, The BRIT School, 2016


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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*Please note that in late 2016 the hotel was upgraded from a Holiday Inn to a Crowne Plaza. The venue address has not altered and everything but the name will remain the same.




    Opening Plenary  - Jenny Cane

    Opening Plenary -Transforming Mathematics Learning through Cuisenaire Rods

    Jenny CaneCaleb Gattegno, ATM founder, proposed that learners experience structure and relationships through actions and operations with coloured rods. This is a physical experience that leads to virtual actions and mental images, thence to recording with formal systems of symbols. This approach embodies Gattegno’s belief in algebra before arithmetic.

    In this plenary I will explain how we are integrating Gattegno’s approach to early algebra in our school. I will explain how we have been able to put algebra at the heart of KS1 to develop children’s mathematical understanding and confidence. I will share some of the exciting work that children have completed and illustrate how Gattegno’s Numbers in Colour textbooks have inspired our lessons and invigorated our approach to teaching across the school. I will describe how we are working with other schools in the Tizard network on the largest systematic study of Gattegno’s approach to learning mathematics since the 1960s.


    Closing Plenary - Adrian Pinel

     Closing Plenary - Mathematics Problems met on my Mathematical Journey

    Adrian Pinel ATM ConferenceA number of mathematics problems have become important to my work as a mathematics educator, and some were turning points in my professional journey. I would like to share some of these problems with you and link them to my own fifty year journey within ATM. I trust that my chosen problems will be both engaging and useful to you, so that this will become much more than a retrospective. I acknowledge the positive ethos of ATM, and the influence of many ATM members without whose creative and distinctive ideas I would not have thrived.



    Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon

    The venue address has now altered and everything but the name will remain the same.Set in landscaped gardens next to the River Avon, this modern hotel is 0.4 miles from Shakespeare's Birthplace and 1.2 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon train station.

    Rooms come with desks, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi (fee), and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some rooms offer sofabeds and/or minifridges, and suites feature separate living areas. Room service is available.

    There's a terrace cafe and a riverside restaurant offering buffet-style and carvery meals. The hotel has an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna and an exercise room. Other amenities include a 24/7 business centre and 14 meeting rooms, as well as parking.

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    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 2017 conference. Watch this space!  

    Monday 10 April

    Special Event, 19:30 - 21:00

    IMG 0235"Frogs, Fleas and Greedy Pig" is the name of John Hibbs collection of Maths activities. He will share two of his favourites with attendees at the special event for all to enjoy.
    One of our members has also donated free wine and nibbles at the event. Cheers!   


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

    096 ATM 2015 069 ATM 2015Is 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.

    Tuesday 11 April

    Annual General Meeting, 18:45 – 20:15

    The annual general meeting of the Company will be held on Tuesday 11 April at 18:45 at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Come along and support you association.

    Quiz, 20:30 Onwards

    quizConf 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!

    Wednesday 12 April

    Tweetup, 18:30 - 21:00

    TweetupPut the Social back into Social Networking! Come along to this evening event in the bar area and socialise with other twitter users whilst you expand and energise the ATM twitter network.  

    Musical/Open Mic Event, 19:30 - 21:00

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

    Last year's highlights included rapping from the thoroughly hip Anne Watson, the musical talents of GC members Anne Crosby and Jim Thorpe, and much, much more!   

    Contact Anne Crosby for more details on how you can get involved!

    Ceilidh Band, 21:00 - 23:00

    ceilidhLife Of Riley Ceilidhs are strictly for fun & for those that don't want to take it all too seriously! No previous experience is needed as the caller will guide you through the dances, none of which are too complicated. Songs & tunes are performed between dances to allow everyone to get their breath back.

    Although they are a trio, they sound more like a six piece band when they're playing one of their gigs. This Forest Of Dean based band can be found playing most weekends for Ceilidhs, Barn Dances and Hoedowns around South West England and Wales.

    Take part and be guided through a foot-tapping Ceilidh! 

    Disco, 23:00 - Onwards

    ArtifexWant to keep the party going? Come along to the disco, DJ'd by Ash Stanley from Artifex Studios and dance the night away!



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    ATM are excited to announce that our 2017 Conference, taking place on the 10 - 13 April 2017 at the Holiday Inn hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon is lin the process of being organised. 

    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 Tuesday 11 April and/or Wednesday 12 April, 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 3 January 2017. 

    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.

    The 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. 

    Fabulous and Inspiring: why don't more mathematics teachers join in the fun? Buzzing with so many ideas...can't wait for term to start

    Alison Eves, 2016
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    Calendar of Events


    March 2017

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    ATM-MA Birmingham Branch Meeting

    11/03/2017 10:00 - 13:00 View

    Saturday 11 March 2017 Venue: Room G39, School of Education, University of Birmingham. The Symbols and the Symbolised - Pete Griffin (NCETM)

    ATM - MA Meridian Branch Meeting

    11/03/2017 09:30 - 12:30 View

    Saturday 11 March 2017 - 9:30 to 12:30 Venue: Abbey Gardens Hall at The Abbey Gardens Christchurch Gardens Reading Berkshire RG2 7AH Words and Their Wonderful Ways - Peter Neumann

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    Singapore Branch Meeting

    15/03/2017 16:30 - 18:00 View

    Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 16:30 to 18:00 Tasks that Elicit Discussion Venue: Cafe Level 3 - Junior School Tower Block - Tangling Trust School - Singapore 139299 (Come in through Gate C and follow the signage)

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    ATM - MA - London Branch Meeting

    18/03/2017 10:00 - 12:30 View

    Saturday 18th March - 10:00 to 12:30 The Underground Maths Programme Venue: Room 802 UCL/IOE Bedford Way

    ATM - Greater Manchester Branch Meeting

    18/03/2017 10:30 - 12:30 View

    Saturday 18th March 2017 10:30 to 12:30 Venue: B4.3 Ellen Wilkinson Building at the University of Manchester Anne Haworth will lead a session on Imagery, drawing on the ATM publication.

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    Hong Kong Branch Meeting

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    Monday 27th March 2017 Venue: Island School, Borrett Road - Hong Kong Title and Speakers to be announced

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    ATM - Avon Branch Meeting

    29/03/2017 17:15 - 18:45 View

    Wednesday 29 March 2017 17:15 to 18:45 Venue: Room 3.13, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA Problem Solving Skills - across Key Stages 1 to 5 - An opportunity to engage in a variety of tasks and strategies for developing problem solving skills

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