Mastering mathematics through
the Singapore approach to
teaching and learning
day one, we
felt ‘inspired’ by a
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8th March 2016
10th March 2016
Join our experts to discover more about the Singapore approach to
teaching and learning mathematics. We will be exploring reasoning and
problem solving, bar modelling, fluency and flexibility to support and
develop deep conceptual understanding leading to mastery as required by
the 2014 National Curriculum.
Keynote: Primary teaching for mastery: why the
DfE has taken such an interest in the East Asian
Keynote Speaker: Dr Vanessa Pittard, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Standards,
Department for Education
This session looks at mathematics education in England in the context of international studies and evidence
of value to the economy and to individuals of good mathematics skills. It covers the rationale for changes to
curriculum and qualifications, sets out changes that are needed and how government is supporting schools.
The Department for Education (DfE) has taken a particular interest in primary teaching for mastery informed by
successful practice in East Asian countries. This is session explains why the DfE has taken such an interest in
the approach and what the work of Maths Hubs in this area tells us about primary mathematics education.
Vanessa leads on policy for raising standards in mathematics education. Over recent years she has worked in
a range of areas at the Department for Education covering mathematics, science and technology education.
She led within the DfE on the introduction Maths Hubs, the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium, the
development of computing education and new post-16 ‘Core Maths’ qualifications. Prior to her role in the
Department, Vanessa led Becta’s research and evaluation programmes. Before joining the government sector
in 2002, Vanessa had a career in higher education focusing on teaching and research on digital technology,
cognitive psychology and literacy.
Keynote: Achievement, equity and enjoyment –
why Singapore bucks many of the international
Keynote Speaker: Tim Oates, Director of Assessment Research and Development
Cambridge Assessment (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)
This presentation will examine the history of the development of Singapore maths and the distinctive aspects
of pedagogy which have become established in the system. Rather than lumping together all ‘Asian’ nations, it
will explore key points of similarity and difference between Singapore and other high-performing jurisdictions.
Principal in this will be a focus on ideas about learning and young people, and examination of the role that
these play in driving distinctive pedagogy on a day-to-day basis in schools.
Tim Oates is Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, focussing
on national and international research on assessment and measurement. In 2010 he published ‘Could do
better’ which laid down the principles for the review of the National Curriculum in England. He was chair
of the Expert Panel for Review of the National Curriculum. He has published widely on assessment and is a
member of Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group. Tim routinely provides briefings and advice to UK and other
governments. He is a visiting professor at the University of Leeds and a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.
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Why don’t they get it? –
and what to do about it
By the end of KS1 some children seem to be
speeding up while others are slowing down.
We will look at why this happens, and what
we can do practically to prevent these gaps
from opening up.
Workshop Leader: Andrew Jeffrey
Andrew Jeffrey is a widely-travelled maths
consultant, working in Europe, Asia and
Africa. He has a huge passion for primary
mathematics having taught for 20 years and
is a specialist primary maths CPD provider.
Andrew apparently never got the memo
saying that maths should be dull, or that
mathematicians should dress oddly, and
he believes wholeheartedly in a hands-on,
talkative pattern-spotting mathematics,
very much in line with the research that
underpins the Singapore approach. He is
often to be seen performing magic that uses
mathematics to make it work in order to
engage students with the power to predict
that maths affords.
Explore how bar modelling
supports deep conceptual
understanding and problem
This will be an interactive session where we
will investigate the power of bar modelling
to encourage children to reason, problem
solve and make sense of word problems
at all levels. We will explore how model
drawing strengthens and deepens pupils’
understanding of mathematics and provides
an important transition from the concrete to
abstract concepts in KS1 & 2.
Workshop Leader: Sue Lowndes
Sue Lowndes, PD leader and a UK expert
in the Singapore approach to teaching
mathematics, has taught the full age range
from primary to graduate level alongside
working as a consultant, editor and author
over a 30-year career. She has worked
throughout the world, most recently in
Singapore and the USA, and is committed to
raising mathematical achievement for all.
Making fractions a hands on experience for all
In this workshop we will consider how to teach fractions leading to deep
conceptual understanding in a practical way based around the CPA
approach. During the workshop, you will be using a variety of classroom
resources. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Inspire Maths
progression in fractions from Year 2 onwards.
Workshop Leader: Liz Gibbs
Liz Gibbs is a national and international independent mathematics
consultant with an interest in ICT. She has over 17 years’ experience as a
classroom teacher, teaching children from the age of 4 to 13 years old. She
also has 10 years’ experience as a mathematics consultant with Suffolk LA.
During 2003 – 2005 she was involved in the interactive whiteboard project
in the UK and spent some time working for the national strategies as a
Teaching to Mastery in KS1 & KS2: Fluency,
flexibility and deep conceptual understanding
Using the Singapore approach to teaching mathematics this will be an
interactive session where we will look at embedding deep conceptual
understanding in number, investigating patterns and making connections
to support fluency and flexibility.
Workshop Leader: Charlie Harber
Charlie Harber is passionate about nurturing a deep love of mathematics
in all children by making maths real, exciting and accessible for all. She
believes strongly in the use of the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to
teaching mathematics to build strong conceptual understanding, allowing
deep understanding to be nurtured in all children. Charlie’s training
and consultancy is always highly evaluated and has been described as
inspirational, highly motivating and fun!
Measure and Mastery: Developing fluency and
gaining a deeper conceptual understanding
within measure (London only)
Based on the heuristic approach and the concrete-pictorial-abstract
approach used in Singapore, we will explore how to achieve mastery in
the teaching and learning of measure, with specific reference to length
and angles. This fun and practical problem solving workshop will develop
children’s reasoning and communication skills, and consider links with both
other mathematical concepts and the real world.
Workshop Leader: Peter Warwick
Peter Warwick has a wealth of experience within primary education,
working within the London boroughs of Haringey, Barnet and Enfield.
Peter is passionate about maths and thinks it is fun. He believes that
problem solving should be at the heart of all maths lessons and that they
should be taught in a fun and interactive way. He also firmly believes that
with the appropriate models & images, scaffolding and prompts ALL
children can learn to love maths and excel.
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Dates and locations
8th March 2016 - Manchester
The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place,
Chapel Wharf, M3 5LH
10th March 2016 - London
ETC Venues – Marble Arch, Garfield
House, 86 Edgware Road, W2 2EA
How to book
For more information and to book your
place, please visit
Primary Teachers, Head Teachers, Senior
Lead Teachers and Maths Coordinators
Timings for the day
09.45-10.15: Keynote (Dr Vanessa Pittard)
10.15-11.00: Keynote (Tim Oates)
11.00-11.30: Tea & Coffee
11.30-12.30: Workshops (1)
13.30-14.30: Workshops (2)
14.30-14.45: Tea & Coffee
14.45-15.45: Workshops (3)
has vastly improved. We
now feel more confident
in explaining strategies
to our children.
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