Numeracy and maths experts from our Northern Alliance regional improvement collaborative alongside Education Scotland will be offering two half-day conferences for both Primary and Secondary teachers and practitioners in November to support what’s delivered in classrooms across the eight northernmost local authorities in Scotland.

The Northern Alliance N5 Maths Conference will take place online via GoogleMeet on Saturday 14 November from 9am to 1.15pm.

Some aspects of the National 5 qualifications consistently present difficulties for learners, so this conference will enable secondary maths teachers to come together, share ideas and identify solutions which support the teaching, learning and assessment of skills in algebra, indices, quadratics and trigonometry.

The Northern Alliance Primary Maths Conference will take place via Microsoft Teams on Saturday 21 November from 9am to 1.15pm. It will offer workshops on a range of inter-related themes from early years to Level 2, including progression in fractions, task design and problem solving. It’s a great chance to enhance your professional knowledge and work out how to better design tasks to ensure pace and challenge.

Numeracy and maths expert Andy Thompson is facilitating both events having been seconded from Shetland Islands Council to provide support to colleagues on a regional basis.

He explained: “Last year’s Northern Alliance N5 Maths Conference was so well-received we have decided to make a similar offer available to colleagues in 2020, albeit this time online. We’re also delighted to provide a chance for Primary colleagues to engage with a conference-style event too this year. The ‘Making Maths Count’ report highlights the need to change public attitudes towards maths in Scotland. We need to improve learner fluency and confidence with maths – the economic gains over a working lifetime could be as much as £2.6 trillion1.”

Save the date for now and look out for details of how to sign up on our Northern Alliance CLPL Pages on our website: and Glow:

1Andreas Schleicher (Special Adviser on Education Policy to the OECD Secretary-General and Deputy Director for Education) quoted in TES, January 2018


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