GCSE Maths students from six schools in Birmingham and Solihull visited The Sixth Form College, Solihull this week for the annual Year 10 Mathematics Conference.
Year 10 students from Lyndon, Arthur Terry, Arden, St Martin’s, St Edmund Campion and Yardleys Schools attended the full-day event, which was supported by the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP). The annual event is designed to inspire and enthuse students with mathematics, by way of a variety of talks and practical workshops. These sessions involved interesting and diverse applications of mathematics, such as the maths in the media, number theory and codes.
The speakers were Ewan Russell from Keele University, Ruth Fairclough from the University of Wolverhampton, John Meyer from the University of Birmingham and Adam Boddison who for many years was based at the University of Warwick and is now the National Association of Special Educational Needs. In addition, Avril Steele and Sharon Tripconey from the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) were present to deliver workshops.
Mathematics is well provided for at the Sixth Form College. At present, the College offers four Maths-related A level courses: Mathematics, Further Maths, Statistics and Use of Mathematics.
Isabel Cooper, Mathematics teacher at the College and organiser of this event, said:
“We have been running this Mathematics Conference for the last 10 years and we’re grateful for the continued support of the Further Mathematics Support Programme. It was great to have guest lecturers from the Universities of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Warwick and Keele with us too and the students who visited learned a lot and enjoyed themselves. The sessions were unusual and exciting and helped the students to appreciate how important Mathematics is in everyday life, and how it is a key to future employment.”
Curriculum Leader for Maths, Peter Grime, added:
“It was great to have so many schools involved with the Conference this year. The Year 10 students who visited us will be making applications for their sixth form places next term and this event provided a unique insight into what it’s like to continue with their Maths studies at A level. I hope this taste of College life was useful.”
7 July 2016