Since 2012 Affinity TSA, Inspiring Leaders and partners have offered Primary Colleagues in the south of the East Midlands, high quality training and support for teaching and leading Mathematics. We have engaged over 1200 delegates in our Maths Conference and this year we will be back together face to face for our event. This year's event is being delivered in partnership with Inspiring Leaders and Discovery Trust.
This is the first event I book each year to support my professional development and learning. There is always a great balance between inspiring speakers and practical workshops which I can use back in school. I love meeting with like-minded colleagues and engaging in professional conversations, this really helps me develop my practice and leadership skills.
In response to feedback from last year and current research into maths teaching, this year ’s conference will focus on 'Building a Bigger Picture' helping leaders to focus on the teaching of maths and wider connections across the curriculum and school improvement agenda. From ensuring that our early maths curriculum balances the importance of early number sense and instils early problem solving skills to reflecting on our current maths journey after eighteen months of disruptive teaching and learning, and how to prioritise the curriculum to meet the needs our pupils needs moving forward and much more!
Dr Sue Gifford works as a mathematics consultant with practitioners and various bodies including NCETM, DfE and NRICH. Previously a London primary teacher, she has researched early years mathematics and children with mathematics difficulties and is an Emeritus Fellow of Roehampton University. She is the author of Teaching mathematics 3 to 5: developing learning in the Foundation Stage, co-author of Making Numbers: using manipulatives to teach arithmetic and more recently, The power of pattern: patterning in the early years. She chairs the Early Childhood Maths Group and her current interests include the development of pattern awareness and spatial reasoning.
Clare Christie is maths leader and a phase leader at Ashley Down Schools Federation. She has experience teaching maths from Years 1 – 6, and despite having a KS2 background she is particularly interested in early maths. Clare’s SLE work has a particular focus on developing deep pedagogical subject knowledge in teaching staff. Clare works closely with the NCETM and is the primary lead for the Boolean Maths Hub; in this role she has worked with visiting Shanghai teachers to understand how a mastery approach to the teaching of maths could improve outcomes in this country.
Sam Strickland is the author of bestselling education leadership books, “Education Exposed – Leading a school in a time of uncertainty” and, “Education Exposed 2 – In pursuit of the Halcyon dream”. Sam is an experienced school leader, having worked across multiple settings in the East Midlands and has been the recipient of commendations from the DfE and SSAT for his work in leadership. He is currently the Principal of The Duston School, a large all-through school (4-18) in Northampton. During his time at Duston, Sam has helped to guide the school’s GCSE results from the bottom 20% nationally to the top 20%, and A Level outcomes to the top 5% nationally, as well as leading the school from RI to Good. Sam is an expert in the effective leadership of behaviour, teacher development, workload and curriculum. As well as being an experienced facilitator and educational speaker, Sam is also the organiser of ResearchEd Northampton and a trusted voice in leadership nationally, both in person and in print.
– Exploring the development of the concept of unitising across the primary curriculum
– Using technology to enhance pupil outcomes in Maths
– NCETM Prioritisation Materials – how can these support learning
– Developing Early Number sense and automaticity
– Fractions Subject knowledge – making links throughout the curriculum
– Supporting the development of subject knowledge in Early Career Teachers
– Much more
Schools booking more than 1 delegate will recieve discounted place costing only £115 per delegate.
We will ensure that discounts are applied when invoicing schools ahead of the conference.
n.b. Our booking terms and conditions state that no refunds will be issued due to cancellation of a place at the event within 30 days of the event taking place.
All prices exclude VAT
The Leicester Tigers Conference Centre, Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium, Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7TR
Parking is available on site for all delegates.
This years conference will take place in Leicester (venue just being finalised) on the 1st February 2022.
Delegates can book thier place at the event by clicking here
The event flyer can be downloaded here for sharing with colleagues.
If you would like more information about this year’s Conference or to book places, please contact us at