Category Archives: Maths

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc, to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption, even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil, and a sharpener, all packed in an A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set” can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com or tel: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd, PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

“Will this calculator replace the Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?  

The Casio FX 83 GT+ was the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and colleges and was the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now it’s been discontinued, having been replaced by an upgraded spec’ model at a higher price. Top grade maths students are likely to benefit from this new model (FX83GTX), but what about the majority, for whom the FX83GT+ was perfectly adequate and available at a reasonable price?

Well, the news is positive. There is an alternative……

It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus but with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power prolongs battery life and gives students extra reassurance, especially when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include: 252 functions,   “natural (textbook) display,” check, correct and replay, stats calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case, etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price.  (*excludes LCD damage)

Further details on:   www.signposteducational.co.uk  or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

PS.  For other calculators and helpful maths products please visit the website.

“Can this calculator take over  from the  Casio FX 83GT Plus?  

The Casio FX 83GT+ has been the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus (no verify or recurring decimal) and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power prolongs battery life and gives extra reassurance for your students when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include:  252 functions,   “natural (true) display,” check, correct and replay, stats. calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case, etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price, from just £5.25 ex vat.

Further details on:  www.signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

What can the maths department do if its favourite calculator is no longer available?  

The Casio FX 83 GT+ was the UK’s best selling scientific calc for many years……and deservedly so.  It set the pace in many UK schools & colleges and was  the first choice for GCSE exams for many schools.

But now it’s been discontinued, having been replaced by an upgraded spec’ model at a higher price. Top grade maths students are likely to benefit from this new model (FX83GTX),  but what about the majority, for whom the FX83GT+ was perfectly adequate and available at a reasonable price?

Well, the news is positive.  There is an alternative……

It’s the Logik LK 83XP  which has a similar keyboard and  almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus   but with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power  prolongs battery life and gives students  extra reassurance, especially when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include:  252 functions,   “natural (textbook) display,”  check, correct and replay,  stats calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price.  From £ 5.25 ex vat. (*excludes LCD damage)

Further details on:   www.signposteducational.co.uk  or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

PS.  Your order will usually be delivered within 1-3 working days.

Can this calculator take over  from the  Casio FX 83GT Plus?  

The Casio FX 83GT+ has been the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus (no verify or recurring decimal) and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power prolongs battery life and gives extra reassurance for your students when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include:  252 functions,   “natural (true) display,” check, correct and replay, stats. calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case, etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price, from just £5.25 ex vat.

Further details on:  www.signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: signpost@talk21.com

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com     or  by phone on tel: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

Summer Schools in Maths, Physics and Medicine

Debate Chamber Science and Mathematics courses are aimed at students who enjoy an intellectual challenge, and who are curious about the ways in which their knowledge can be applied to help with real-world questions. Our courses are academically intense, with an emphasis on independent thinking and collaborative problem-solving, providing a valuable insight into university level education.

Our tutors (typically Masters or PhD students) are selected for their exceptional communication skills, charismatic and inspiring classroom presence and very strong subject knowledge.

Working in groups of 12 – 14 students over several days offers participants a real chance to get to know tutors and fellow students and to explore the topics or questions that particularly interest them.

Physics Summer School (ages 15-18)

The Physics Summer School provides an opportunity for bright students to explore some of the most exciting and challenging ideas in contemporary physics. The Summer School is split into two parts: Part 1 focuses on classical mechanics and astrophysics and is open to GCSE and A-level students. Part 2 focuses on quantum mechanics and relativity and is open to students who will have completed at least one year of A-level mathematics.

‘Challenging, but great fun, the Physics course was a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into some of the fundamental principles that govern our world, giving me a better idea of what Physics at University might be like. From learning about the abstract world of Quantum Mechanics to discussing black holes and teleportation, the course left me astounded by both the amount we already know, and how much we have yet to discover!’

Mathematics Summer School (ages 15-18)

The Mathematics Summer School explores a variety of advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics, including set theory; prime numbers; algorithms; infinites; multi-variable calculus; proofs; cryptography; probability theory and Turing machines. Part 1 focuses on number theory, algebra and geometry and is open to GCSE and A-level students. Part 2 focuses on calculus, proofs and infinities and is open to students who have completed at least one year of A-level mathematics.

‘It was a fantastic opportunity to discover new areas of maths that I would otherwise have not been introduced to through the A Level syllabus. I enjoyed the course and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in approaching more challenging maths problems.’

Medicine Summer School (ages 15-18)

The Medicine Summer School is split into five 2-day programmes, each covering a different area of medical practice. Students will be given the opportunity to work alongside practising medical students to develop the theoretical and applied skills necessary to become a doctor.

‘Debate Chamber’s Medicine Summer School was great! I learnt in great detail about medical topics such as oncology, paediatrics and epidemiology. Suturing bananas was a highlight for me and I would thoroughly recommend the course for anyone considering medicine as a career.’

We also have a Young Doctors Summer School, which covers some of the more accessible medical topics for students aged 11-14.

Bursaries

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students can apply for bursaries covering up to 95% of the course fee through our website.

How can my students attend?

All the Summer School events will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and will take place in July and August 2019. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at www.debatechamber.com. There is a limited amount of bursary funding available for students who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit www.debatechamber.com, call us on 0800 810 1058, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Mathematics Summer School 2019

Our Maths Summer School offers bright and aspirational students the opportunity to study a variety of advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics that are not typically covered by the school syllabus. The course is particularly appropriate for students who may be considering further study of mathematics, but is also a great addition for those interested in related disciplines, such as physics, computing or engineering.

This Summer School offers the chance to explore some of the most exciting ideas in contemporary mathematics. As a general structure, students will develop a theoretical understanding of a particular branch of mathematics in the morning session, before exploring the practical applications of these ideas in the afternoon. 

Mathematics – Part 1 focuses on Number Theory, Algebra and Geometry and is open to all students aged 15-18. Topics will include prime numbers, Riemann-zeta functions, polynomial equations, non-Euclidean geometry, group theory, statistical methods, probability theory, algorithms, Turing machines and code-breaking. As part of this programme, students will explore some of the most fascinating and famous unsolved problems in mathematics, including the Riemann Hypothesis, Goldbach Conjecture and Twin Prime Conjecture.

Mathematics – Part 2 focuses on Calculus, Proofs and Infinities and requires that students have completed a minimum of one year of A-level study in Mathematics (or equivalent) at the time of the course. This programme offers a university-style approach to the topics of linear algebra, modular arithmetic, limits, multi-variable calculus, mathematical induction, set theory and cryptography. During the course, students will explore some of the most exciting modern-day applications of these ideas, including quantum encryption, RSA algorithms, Google PageRank, the Black-Scholes equation and Gödel’s incompleteness theorem.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fourteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. Classes will focus on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in late July 2019. You can find detailed schedules, available dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

Feedback from previous students:

If you love Mathematics and are thinking of taking the subject at A-level and beyond then do not hesitate to attend this course. I came away from this week with crazy enthusiasm for maths as well helpful guidelines and knowledge to support my career in the subject. I made some great new friends and met inspirational maths-minded people who I will never forget!’ 

‘Even though we only spent one day on each topic, they were taught at a surprising level of depth. I felt that in in my time at Debate Chamber, the main focus of the tutors was for you to learn about new topics you wouldn’t usually study at school. In school, the main focus of the lesson is to learn a topic to a level that is sufficient for you to be able to solve problems in a test. Instead, in the summer school I felt encouraged to ask questions, to understand the logic behind the mathematics, why it works, and the underlying importance of the concepts learned in the real world.’ 

‘You won’t regret it! If you love the subject, you’ll love the entire week. It gives an unparalleled taster into university mathematics and allows you to explore some absolutely fascinating concepts – some of which will be almost entirely alien to you! The teachers were excellent, and the friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone has a great time. I wish I could go again’ 

‘The Mathematics Summer School is a great introduction to maths at university. During the five days, I was presented with a variety of new topics in mathematics which had not been covered in the A level course. I would highly recommend attending the Debate Chamber Summer School, as it gives you a great opportunity to look at other areas of maths.’ 

‘This is a great event as it gives you lots of exposure to university style teaching and ideas, really testing your knowledge and dedication to your subject. The tutors guide you through it, pushing you to your full potential but in a fun and engaging manner. This course is definitely worth taking part in.’

Bursaries 

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. For details of how to apply for bursary funding, please see here. 

Practical Details

All of our courses will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in late July 2019. You can find detailed schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

To book a place students can complete the online booking form, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email us at info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:       www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com  or by phone on tel: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

Two of the best scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths plus Scottish maths lessons and exams ……   

The Casio FX 83GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They are in use in thousands of schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you would expect the build quality and reliability of these calcs is excellent and they both benefit from a THREE year warranty. (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik LK 83XP has similar features and functions to the Casio FX 83GT+ (but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions).  Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a THREE year warranty and are available at short notice from  Signpost Educational Ltd.

The Logik LK 83XP is available from £ 5.22 each ex vat while the Casio FX 83GT+ starts from £ 6.55 each ex vat.

Even though both calcs have a THREE year guarantee there is however, one significant difference. The Logik LK 83XP benefits from both battery and solar power (thus prolonging battery life) while the Casio FX 83GT+ is battery power only. 

For more details & prices please see: www.signposteducational.co.uk   

 or email to: sales@signposteducational.co.uk or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd PO Box 999 London E14 6SH 

P.S. Orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Two of the best dual power scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and  GCSE maths  plus scottish maths lessons and exams …… 

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They both benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you would expect the build quality of both calcs is excellent and both calcs benefit from a THREE year warranty. (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik  LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd., The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.29 each  ex vat while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.45 each ex vat. 

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of the LK 83XP   you have the option of obtaining the popular  “Value Maths set”   for  just 95p  (ex vat)

Normal  price  £ 1.25 (ex vat)

For more details & prices please see: www.signposteducational.co.uk  or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

PS. orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Which of these popular Casio GCSE and A level calculators would be best for your students ….. ?

 

FX 83GT+                       FX 991 EX                           FX 85GT+

For KS 3, 4 and GCSE exams the FX 83GT+ and FX 85GT+ have been  favourites for several years.   Excellent build quality, a THREE year guarantee and competitively priced, they are highly recommended.

For A and AS level and scottish exams, (as well as for GCSE) the FX 991 EX, introduced in 2017 has quickly made a name for itself.  With   “natural textbook display”  an easy menu function, spreadsheet, binomial and normal distribution, metric conversions, equation solver, numeric differentiation and integration to name just a few of its 552 functions.  The FX 991 EX is dual power and has a hi-res LCD screen, slide-on protective case, auto power off and online visualisation via a QR code, PLUS Casio’s usual THREE year guarantee.  It’s a remarkable new calculator which has been very well received  and in a short space of time has received excellent reviews.

All  these Casio calculators can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd., at competitive prices.

FX 83 GT+    £ 6.49  (200+)    £ 6.55  (100+)   £ 6.65  (40+)   £ 6.75  (1-39)
Class set of 30 calcs in a Gratnells box, foam and lid   £  221.50

FX 85 GT+    £ 7.75  (100+)  £ 7.85   (40+)    £ 7.95  (1-39)
Class set of 30 calcs in a Gratnells box with foam and lid  £  252.50

FX 991 EX   £ 18.75 (50+)   £ 19.15  (30+)   £ 19.45  (10-29)  £ 19.75  (1-9)

Class set of 30 calcs in a Gratnells box with foam and lid  £ 587.50

Order or enquire by phone on 020 7515 1797  email:info@signposteducational.co.uk
or fax on 020 7515 4420 or visit their website:  www.signposteducational.co.uk

Prices exclude VAT, delivery extra (usually within 1-3 working days)

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999  London  E14 6SH

PS.  Ask for your very useful  FREE  teacher’s “Survival Pack” when you order 50 or more of any of the above calcs…see details on the website.

 

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

It’s quite possible that many people who are not familiar with the world of education…and schools in particular, would find it hard to believe that some students turn up for their lessons without the basic necessities such as a pen, pencil, ruler etc.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the

“Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk    by phone

tel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive,  both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why some students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk 

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk   by phonetel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

The simple and effective way to help  students succeed in their maths lessons and exams…….. 

Sometimes, however many times we  remind  students  to bring the right equipment to lessons and exams, there tends to be a few who have either forgotten they’ve got a maths lesson or exam  or have remembered,  but  arrive without a pen, ruler, pencil, compass  etc.

It’s now possible to obtain a “ready made” solution to this problem…

The  “Value Maths Set”  contains a metal compass and half pencil, two quality black ink ballpens,  HB pencil, 15 cm ruler,  180 degree protractor, eraser and  sharpener.  All packed in a convenient “exam friendly,”   clear pvc zip up wallet. Reassuringly good value and an instant solution to the problem of students turning up for lessons and exams without the correct kit.

Only   £ 1.25  (160+)    £ 1.29  (80+)     £ 1.32  (1-79)      ex vat

The Value Maths Set is ideal to give out just before  lessons or exams  to ensure that every student has got what they need.  It’s  a simple and cost effective solution to the problems caused by students turning up without the right equipment.

Value Maths sets”  can be obtained from:

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999, London, E14 6SH

Tel: 020 7515 1797  Fax:  020 7515 4420    email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

www.signposteducational.co.uk

Debate Chamber Mathematics

The Debate Chamber Maths courses offer bright students the opportunity to study a variety of advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics that are not typically covered by the school syllabus. Our courses are particularly appropriate for students who may be considering further study of mathematics, but are also suitable for those interested in related disciplines, such as physics, computing or engineering.

One-day Mathematics Masterclass in February 2018 

The Mathematics Masterclass provides an exciting one-day introduction to number theory and the mysterious properties of prime numbers. Under the expert guidance of our tutors, students will be taken on a fun and challenging mathematical journey involving some of the greatest mathematical problems of the past 500 years. The Mathematics Masterclass is open to students aged 15-18 and will take place Saturday 24th February 2018.

You can see further details for this course here. 

Mathematics Summer Schools

The Mathematics Summer School is an opportunity for students to spend five days exploring some of the most exciting ideas in contemporary mathematics. As a general structure, students will develop a theoretical understanding of a particular branch of mathematics in the morning session, before exploring the practical applications of these ideas in the afternoon. 

Mathematics – Part 1 focuses on Number Theory, Algebra and Geometry and is open to all students aged 15-18. Topics will include prime numbers, Riemann-zeta functions, polynomial equations, non-Euclidean geometry, group theory, statistical methods, probability theory, algorithms, Turing machines and code-breaking. As part of this programme, students will explore some of the most fascinating and famous unsolved problems in mathematics, including the Riemann Hypothesis, Goldbach Conjecture and Twin Prime Conjecture.

Mathematics – Part 2 focuses on Calculus, Proofs and Infinities and requires that students have completed a minimum of one year of A-level study in Mathematics (or equivalent) at the time of the course. This programme offers a university-style approach to the topics of linear algebra, modular arithmetic, limits, multi-variable calculus, mathematical induction, set theory and cryptography. During the course, students will explore some of the most exciting modern-day applications of these ideas, including quantum encryption, RSA algorithms, Google PageRank, the Black-Scholes equation and Gödel’s incompleteness theorem.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fifteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. An expert Tutor will lead each session in a seminar format, but learning will be largely student-led wherever practical. Classes will focus on discussion and on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in July and August 2018. You can find detailed schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

Feedback from previous students:

If you love Mathematics and are thinking of taking the subject at A-level and beyond then do not hesitate to attend this course. I came away from this week with crazy enthusiasm for maths as well helpful guidelines and knowledge to support my career in the subject. I made some great new friends and met inspirational maths-minded people who I will never forget!’ 

‘Even though we only spent one day on each topic, they were taught at a surprising level of depth. I felt that in in my time at Debate Chamber, the main focus of the tutors was for you to learn about new topics you wouldn’t usually study at school. In school, the main focus of the lesson is to learn a topic to a level that is sufficient for you to be able to solve problems in a test. Instead, in the summer school I felt encouraged to ask questions, to understand the logic behind the mathematics, why it works and the underlying importance of the concepts learned in the real world.’ 

‘You won’t regret it! If you love the subject, you’ll love the entire week. It gives an unparalleled taster into university mathematics and allows you to explore some absolutely fascinating concepts – some of which will be almost entirely alien to you! The teachers were excellent and the friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone has a great time. I wish I could go again’ 

‘The Mathematics Summer School is a great introduction to maths at university. During the five days, I was presented with a variety of new topics in mathematics which had not been covered in the A level course. I would highly recommend attending the Debate Chamber Summer School, as it gives you a great opportunity to look at other areas of maths.’ 

‘This is a great event as it gives you lots of exposure to university style teaching and ideas, really testing your knowledge and dedication to your subject. The tutors guide you through it, pushing you to your full potential but in a fun and engaging manner. This course is definitely worth taking part in.’

Bursaries 

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students can apply for bursaries covering up to 100% of the course fee through the bursary section on our website – here. 

Practical Details

All of our courses will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London. Please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required.

The Mathematics Summer School will be held in July and August 2018. You can find detailed schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors on the course webpage – here.

To book a place students can complete the online booking form, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email us at info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

The simple and effective way to help  students succeed in their maths lessons and exams…….. 

 

Sometimes, however many times we  remind  students  to bring the right equipment to lessons and exams, there tends to be a few who have either forgotten they’ve got a maths lesson  or have remembered,  but  arrive without a pen, ruler, pencil, compass  etc.

It’s now possible to obtain a “ready made” solution to this problem … 

The  “Value Maths Set”  contains a metal compass and half pencil, two quality black ink ballpens,  HB pencil, 15 cm ruler,  180 degree protractor, eraser and metal sharpener.  All packed in a convenient “exam friendly,”   clear pvc zip up wallet. Reassuringly good value and an instant solution to the problem of students turning up for lessons and exams without the correct kit.

Only   £ 1.25  (160+)    £ 1.29  (80+)     £ 1.32  (1-79)      ex vat

The Value Maths set is ideal to give out just before  lessons or exams  to ensure that every student has got what they need “on the day.”  It’s  a simple and cost effective solution to the problems caused by students turning up without the right equipment.  The Value Maths set can be obtained from:

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999, London, E14 6SH

Tel: 020 7515 1797      email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

www.signposteducational.co.uk

 

Orders can be made by phone, email  or post and are usually delivered within 1-3 working days from receipt of your order.

Two of the best dual power scientific calculators for KS 3, 4 and  GCSE maths  plus scottish maths lessons and exams ……

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They  benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.  As you might expect the build quality of these calcs is excellent and both benefit from a THREE year warranty to provide peace of mind for teachers and students alike.   (excludes damage to the LCD).

The Logik  LK 83XP has similar features to the Casio FX 85GT+  but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs  feature  prime factorisation, random numbers, algebraic logic, multi-line replay, standard deviation, log / anti-log, hyperbolics etc and have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd., The  Logik LK 83XP  is available from £ 5.29 each  ex vat while the  Casio FX 85GT+  starts from £ 7.45 each ex vat. 

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of the LK 83XP   you have the option of obtaining the popular  “Value Maths set”   for  just 95p  (ex vat)

Normal  price  £ 1.25 (ex vat)

For more information & prices plus other products please visit:

    www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH 

PS.  orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

 

The simple and effective way to help students succeed in their maths lessons and exams……..

 

 Sometimes, however many times we  remind  students  to bring the right equipment to lessons and exams, there tends to be a few who have either forgotten they’ve got a maths lesson or exam  or have remembered,  but  arrive without a pen, ruler, pencil, compass  etc.

It’s now possible to obtain a “ready made” solution to this problem … 

The  “Value Maths Set”  contains a metal compass and half pencil, two quality black ink ballpens,  HB pencil, 15 cm ruler,  180 degree protractor, eraser and  sharpener.  All packed in a convenient “exam friendly,”   clear pvc zip up wallet. Reassuringly good value and an instant solution to the problem of students turning up for lessons and exams without the correct kit.

Only   £ 1.25  (160+)    £ 1.29  (80+)     £ 1.32  (1-79)      ex vat

The Value Maths Set is ideal to give out just before  lessons or exams  to ensure that every student has got what they need.  It’s  a simple and cost effective solution to the problems caused by students turning up without the right equipment.

Value Maths sets”  can be obtained from:

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999, London, E14 6SH

Tel: 020 7515 1797  Fax:  020 7515 4420    email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

www.signposteducational.co.uk

Maths Enrichment workshops 2017/18

World of Maths goes into schools to host maths days. We offer your pupils interactive, exciting, hands-on, problem-solving activities.

Our Maths days comprise unique displays and activities designed by qualified maths teachers.  We run 34 different activities each year, so no two visits to your school will be the same.

Activities cover a variety of Maths topics, and most activities relate to real-life situations.  Students are kept fully occupied in small groups with worksheets to write down their answers.

All abilities are catered for and promote positive attitudes towards mathematics.

An 8 page answer/follow-on booklet supplied.

We are now taking bookings for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Should you be interested in booking please email or call me. There is also more information on our website at www.worldofmaths.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sophie
World of Maths UK
Free call: 0800 6124 716

bookings@worldofmaths.co.uk

How would you like free maths kit when you order scientific calculators…..?

 

For 22 years I was a secondary school teacher working in inner London…….. and during this time one of the most frustrating aspects of my job was students who turned up for lessons without the right kit.

Sometimes it could simply be a pen they’d forgotten or, on one occasion (when I was working in a south London school)  five minutes before the start of the GCSE maths exam, one of the candidates asked me if he could borrow a calculator ! 

So where does the free maths kit come into all this ….?     

There’s a product called the “Value Maths set”  which contains the basic equipment needed for most maths lessons …. it’s not only reasonably priced but can be a big help for both students and teachers in avoiding the disruption which may be caused when some students turn up for their lessons without the right kit.

From just £ 1.25 each, (ex vat) it contains a metal compass with half pencil, two good quality black ink pens, eraser, sharpener, 15 cm ruler, protractor, and a full length HB pencil…. All packed in a handy “exam friendly” clear PVC wallet with a zip slider.

For a limited period it’s possible to get free stocks of this product …see the website of

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  www.signposteducational.co.uk  for full details or phone them on 020 7515 1797 or email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk

These two scientific calculators could be all your students need for the new school year …

The LOGIK brand of calculators has been used  successfully in primary and secondary schools during the past fifteen years.  If you’re considering  scientific calculators for the new school year then their two “flagship” models, the LK 183 and the LK 83XP are well worth considering.

Both calculators have a THREE year warranty (excludes damage to LCD) and are suitable for KS 3, 4 and GCSE.  Both calcs come with  hard plastic keys, a slide-on case and all the features and functions your students will need for  GCSE maths.   From only £ 3.69  each (ex vat) both calcs are also available in class sets of 30 in a Gratnells storage box with a foam insert and handy clip on lid.

More details can be found on the website of Signpost Educational Ltd www.signposteducational.co.uk

or contact them by phone on 020 7515 1797   or email at:    info@signposteducational.co.uk

These two calculators could be all you need for the new school year….

The LOGIK LK 183 calc. has been used by UK school and college students since 2008. With 240 functions, plus twin line display, auto power off, hard plastic keys and a slide-on cover, it has proved to be extremely reliable as well as being competitively priced, (from just £ 3.69 ex vat).
It has recently been joined by the LOGIK LK 83XP with its “natural display” feature which enables the user to enter calculations as shown in textbooks and worksheets. With (almost) all the features of the brand leader, (not “verify” or “recurring decimal”) , its 252 functions include number tables, random numbers, prime factorisation, trig & stats functions log and anti-log etc plus a twin line display, slide-on cover, hard plastic keys and auto-power off. It’s battery powered with solar back-up for longer life and competitively priced. (from just £ 5.29 ex vat)
Both LOGIK calcs have a THREE year warranty (excludes LCD damage) and are suitable for KS 3, 4 and GCSE. Standard and Higher grade, Junior and Leaving certificate.
For more details, please see the website: www.signposteducational.co.uk
or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.
PS. Also available is the “Value Maths set” which has proved to be very useful for students in lessons and exams……from just £ 1.25 ex vat. Details on the website.
Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

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What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students?

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the

“Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell  to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk  

You can order by:
email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk 
phone   020 7515 1797
fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

FREE GRATNELLS STORAGE KIT * for the maths and science departments …..

Gratnells are the leaders  for storage containers in schools, colleges and universities.

Their products are  designed to make life  more efficient  both for teachers and “back room” staff, particularly in the maths and science  departments.

Did you know that right now, until July 31, when you order selected calculators from Signpost Educational Ltd., you will receive Gratnells boxes completely free of charge!

For every 30  LK 183 or LK 83XP calculators you order*  you will get a free Gratnells storage box, foam insert and a clear lid.  There’s a minimum order of 60 calcs (that means you’ll  get two boxes, two foams and two lids free of charge)  but you must quote  the code  NIVRAM to benefit from this offer.

For details of these two calculators, please see:  www.signposteducational.co.uk or contact Signpost Educational Ltd by phone:  020 7515 1797 or by email:

info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999  London, E14 6SH

Two simple, cost effective products which can transform teaching and learning in schools and colleges throughout the UK……

Over the years I’ve spoken to various teachers (mainly in secondary schools) and one topic seems to crop up more than others. It’s the problem of students  turning up to lessons without a pen, pencil, ruler etc.  Apparently this leads to a measure of disruption and wasted time at the start of lessons while students try to beg, steal or borrow what they need to benefit from the lesson.

Fortunately there are now a couple of simple, low cost  products which can help to  solve this problem.

The first is the “Student Essentials set”  consisting of three good quality black ballpens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, eraser  and a pencil sharpener  …all packed in an A5 size “exam friendly”  clear PVC zip slider wallet. From only 85p ex vat it will almost certainly prove useful for students and teachers alike.

The second is the “Value Maths set”…and once again it comprises the same  A5 size

“exam friendly”  clear PVC zip slider wallet  but with some components which are specific to maths lessons: a metal compass and half pencil, 180 degree protractor, 15 cm ruler, sharpener, eraser,  two good quality black  ballpens and a full length HB pencil. From just £ 1.25 ex vat it should help restore a bit of order at the start of maths lessons!

Both these products can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd  via their website:

www.signposteducational.co.uk or by phone (020 7515 1797)

or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

We understand that the firm holds good stocks of these products and  usually delivers  within 1-3 days of receiving orders.

If a school ordered 600 of a new scientific calculator in June 2016 and then another 600 of the same model in March 2017, what would your conclusions be?

It’s probably not unreasonable to assume that the school was satisfied with the new calculator and that it met the criteria of their maths department as well as being suitable for use in GCSE exams.

….and the calculator in question ?   It’s the Logik LK 83XP  model, feauring “natural display” format,  dual power (battery & solar) prime factorisation and a host of other features which make it a sensible choice for KS 3, KS 4 and GCSE maths.

Further details of the LK 83XP dual power scientific calc can be found at: www.signposteducational.co.uk or contact Signpost Educational Ltd on 020 7515 1797 or email:   info@signposteducational.co.uk

Two of the best dual power calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths exams……

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They both benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students  in exams. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.

The LK 83XP has similar features to the FX 85GT+ but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd.,

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of either  calc  (or a combination of both) you have the option of obtaining the popular “Trident geometry set”   for  just 95p (ex vat) instead of the usual price of £ 1.39 (ex vat) or more.

For more details & prices please see:

    www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH

Free Textbooks for the new A and AS Mathematics Syllabuses

Send for a FREE copy of each of the new Aiming High Books for A & AS Level Mathematics

The Aiming High Mathematics textbooks for C1&C2, C3&C4, M1, M2, M3&4 have been very popular with both mathematics teachers and students and have contributed to excellent exam results.

Four new textbooks have been produced for the new A- and AS- Mathematics syllabuses, based on the textbooks listed above:

PURE MATHEMATICS BOOK 1   – Topics 1-13   (An A-Level Mathematics Course)

PURE MATHEMATICS BOOK 2  –  Topics 11-20 (An A-Level Mathematics Course)

PURE MATHEMATICS BOOK 3  –  (An AS-Level Mathematics Course)

MECHANICS                                      –   (both AS- and A-Level Mathematics Courses)

The MECHANICS book has an unusual structure:
Topics 1-6 are for both AS-Level and A-Level students.
Topics 7-10 are just for A-Level students.
It took many weeks to get this structure right, but the result was well worth the effort.

Each head of sixth form is invited to send for a FREE COPY of each of these texts.
Just email me
at barbara.young@mathsisjugglers.com or ring me on 01428 717113

What can you do with these free texts?
You have my permission to use the material in these texts to supplement any other A-Level Maths texts that you are using, within your school only.  You can print off parts of these texts for your students use.
OR – you could purchase more of these texts for use with your students. A price list will be sent with the free textbooks.

Some information about Aiming High texts:

The original Aiming High A-Level texts were developed in the classroom with the enthusiastic aid of my students. Teachers’ can decide what they wish to teach but all the information students’ need is embedded in the text.  So, students who miss lessons, for whatever reason, do not miss any theory. All students, whatever their ability, are motivated to achieve the best grades they can.

Able students could – and often did – romp ahead of the rest of the class. Extension problems take students beyond the level of the basic techniques. If students want to aim for the higher grades, they are advised to tackle as much of the extension work as they can find time for. This includes A-Level examination-type questions. This is where the top grades are earned.

Kind regards,

Barbara (maths enthusiast, teacher, writer and publisher)

 

TutorPear.com launches GCSE Maths website to help students with free online resources

NEW GCSE MATH WEBSITE LAUCHED TO HELP STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH GCSE MATHS AND ALSO INCLUDES PAST EXAM PAPERS AND SOLUTIONS.

A new GCSE maths website has been launched to help students struggling with the subject which is also mobile and tablet friendly.

GCSE maths is a mandatory core subject as well as being one of the most difficult. It is also crucial in terms of progressing onto A ‘levels and onwards to University which makes it is the main subject students and parents worry about.

Topics covered on the website include Numbers, Algebra, Geometry and measure, Probability and Handling data. The lessons have been structured in a way that make it simple and easy to follow. Past exam papers are available as far back as 2010 and the exam boards covered include AQA, EDEXCEL and Cambridge. The past exam paper section includes both mark schemes and examiner reports.

Other features of the free service includes a news section which is updated with the latest news on GCSE and iGCSE maths, a syllabus section on the Pearson, EXEXCEL and Cambridge GCSE variants and a blog section with hints and tips on how to prepare and succeed in GCSE Maths exams.

CONTACT INFO

Email: learn@tutorpear.com

Web Address: www.tutorpear.com

What’s the simple way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students…….?

Every now and again I get to chat with  teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler etc to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption,  even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s  now a  product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their  maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil,  and a metal sharpener, all packed in an  A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give (or sell !) to students at the start of a lesson or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set”   can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk    by phonetel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

PS.  You’ll also find details of  Casio and Logik calculators on the website.

What’s the simple way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students?

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc to their lessons.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil, and a metal sharpener, all packed in an A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set” is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give (or sell !) to students at the start of a lesson or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set” can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk  

by phone tel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

Can this calculator take over from the Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?

The Casio FX 83GT+ is the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so. It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus (no verify or recurring decimal) and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power. This combination of battery and solar power prolongs battery life and gives extra reassurance when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed. Features include: 252 functions, “textbook (true) display,” check, correct and replay, stats. calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price. (*excludes LCD damage)

Further details on: www.signposteducational.co.uk

or phone 020 7515 1797 or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

Two of the best dual power calculators for KS 3, 4 and GCSE maths exams ……

The Casio FX 85GT+ and the Logik LK 83XP are excellent choices for your GCSE maths students.  They both benefit from battery power with solar power back-up  to provide extra reassurance for your students  in exams. Both calcs have a “natural display” function which enables students to enter expressions and data as shown in textbooks.

The LK 83XP has similar features to the FX 85GT+ but without the “verify” and “recurring decimal” functions. Both calcs have a three year warranty and are available at short notice from Signpost Educational Ltd.,

In addition,  with orders for 100 or more of either  calc  (or a combination of both) you have the option of obtaining the popular “Trident geometry set”   for  just 95p (ex vat) instead of the usual price of £ 1.39 (ex vat) or more.

For more details & prices please see:

    www.signposteducational.co.uk    

 or email to: info@signposteducational.co.uk    or phone: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd  PO Box 999  London E14 6SH

What’s the simple way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students?

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t  bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc to their lessons.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set ” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil, and a metal sharpener, all packed in an A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set” is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give (or sell !) to students at the start of a lesson or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set” can be found on the website:

     www.signposteducational.co.uk

You can order by email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk  

by phone tel: 020 7515 1797  or  fax:  020 7515 4420

Signpost Educational Ltd.,   PO Box 999   London   E14 6SH

Can this calculator take over from the Casio FX 83GT Plus …..?

The Casio FX 83GT+ is the UK’s best selling scientific calc…and deservedly so.  It’s been setting the pace in many UK schools and is  the first choice for GCSE exams for many students.

But now there is an alternative…… It’s the Logik LK 83XP which has almost all the features of the FX 83GT Plus  (no verify or recurring decimal)  and with one big advantage…… it’s dual power.  This combination of battery and solar power  prolongs battery life and gives  extra reassurance when used in exams.

The LK 83XP has a THREE year guarantee* and is suitable for all exams where a calculator is allowed.  Features include:  252 functions,   “textbook (true) display,”  check, correct and replay,  stats. calculations, prime factorisation, hard plastic keys, slide on case etc.

It’s a calc which can see your students all the way from year 7 to GCSE and at a surprisingly modest price.   (*excludes LCD damage)

Further details on:   www.signposteducational.co.uk

or phone 020 7515 1797  or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH

Mathematics Summer School

Guided only by their feelings for symmetry and simplicity, creative mathematicians are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of its ultimate usefulness. And yet, we live in a world in which mathematical ideas find application in almost every branch of human knowledge. Since ancient times, the puzzles, problems and challenges that arise from mathematical thought have shaped the way in which we interpret both the physical and the spiritual. In a rapidly changing technological world, mathematics remains as critical as ever to our scientific, philosophical and mechanical endeavours.

The Mathematics Summer School is an opportunity for A-level students to spend five days exploring some of the most exciting and challenging ideas in contemporary mathematics.  As a general structure, students will develop a theoretical understanding of a particular branch of mathematics in the morning session, before exploring the practical applications of these ideas in the afternoon. Topics will include:

  • Linear Algebra: vector spaces, linear independence, matrix mechanics, eigenvectors, Leslie matrices, Google PageRank algorithms and encryption.
  • Differential Equations: Linear and non-linear differential equations, first and second order differential equations, population growth, financial markets, radioactivity and quantum mechanics.
  • Series: convergence, divergence, comparison tests, harmonic series, Taylor series, estimating pi and the Riemann-zeta function.
  • Calculus: limits, differential calculus, integral calculus, formal definitions, the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications.
  • Proofs and Algorithms: proof by induction, proof by contradiction, graph theory, randomised algorithms and recursive algorithms.
  • Set Theory: natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, real numbers, algebraic numbers, transcendental numbers, counting infinities, cardinality, power sets, Cantor’s diagonalization argument, paradoxes.
  • Cryptography: substitution ciphers, public key cryptography, RSA algorithm, modular arithmetic, code-breaking.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fifteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. An expert Tutor will lead each session in a seminar format, but learning will be largely student-led wherever practical. Classes will focus on discussion and on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

Feedback from previous students

‘If you love Mathematics and are thinking of taking the subject beyond A-level do not hesitate to attend this course. I came away from this week with crazy enthusiasm for maths as well helpful guidelines and knowledge to support my career in the subject. I made some great new friends and met inspirational maths-minded people who I will never forget!’

‘You won’t regret it! If you love the subject, you’ll love the entire week. It gives an unparalleled taster into university mathematics and allows you to explore some absolutely fascinating concepts – some of which will be almost entirely alien to you! The teachers were excellent and the friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone has a great time. I wish I could go again.’

‘The Mathematics Summer School is a great introduction to maths at university. During the five days, I was presented with a variety of new topics in mathematics which had not been covered in the A level course. I would highly recommend attending the Debate Chamber Summer School, as it gives you a great opportunity to look at other areas of maths.’

‘This is a great event as it gives you lots of exposure to university style teaching and ideas, really testing your knowledge and dedication to your subject. The tutors guide you through it, pushing you to your full potential but in a fun and engaging manner. This course is definitely worth taking part in.’

Bursaries

Debate Chamber is committed to ensuring that financial circumstances do not prevent any student from attending our events. Students can apply for bursaries covering up to 100% of the course fee through our website.

How can my students attend?

The Mathematics Summer School will be held at University of London venues in Bloomsbury, Central London, and is open to students aged 15 – 18 who have completed a minimum of AS-Level Mathematics (or the equivalent in another qualification structure) at the time of the course.

The summer school will take place on 17th – 21st July (and repeated 7th – 11th August and 21st August – 25th August) 2017.

You can find full details of schedules, dates, costs, student reviews and tutors at http://debatechamber.com/project/mathematics-summer-school/.

To book a place please visit http://debatechamber.com/project/mathematics-summer-school/, call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Discover Doddle with a free meeting

Book a free visit today with one of our experienced Education Consultants!

This thirty-minute meeting will show you exactly how Doddle Maths can transform teaching, homework, and assessment within your department.

Doddle’s interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets have been updated for the most recent specifications and are exam board-specific. From statistics to sequences, and theorems to trigonometry, our in-depth resources can both introduce and recap tricky topics, all the while giving your students exam-style practice to build their confidence.

Self-marking quizzes report automatically to your online markbook, allowing you to take a purely diagnostic approach to your lesson planning and delivery. This enables meaningful analysis of results at an individual, class, and departmental level, and aids tracking of key groups, such as Pupil Premium students.

Our Education Consultants look forward to discussing your school’s needs at a time and date to suit you.
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

Free resources available from Boardworks Maths!

Take a look at the free maths resources available from Boardworks to help your lessons really shine this half-term!

Boardworks is full of engaging and exciting material, comprehensively covering the KS3, KS4, and A-level curricula.

To get a glimpse of how our interactive presentations, activities, and worksheets can transform the classroom and support your teaching, visit our free stuff archive now:
www.boardworks.co.uk/mathsfreestuff

Here’s a quick reminder of what you can currently find there for free:

  • A KS3 presentation on angle rules;
  • A KS4 activity on circles;
  • An interactive KS4 activity on similar triangles;
  • An A-level activity on transformations of graphs;
  • A KS3 presentation on graphs of functions.

You can find out more about Boardworks Maths, including a full content breakdown, on our website:
www.boardworks.co.uk/maths

Kind regards,

The Boardworks team

KS4 problem solving videos from Doddle Maths!

Get your KS4 students solving problems with ease thanks to tablet-friendly video content from Doddle Maths.

Test their algebra, geometry, and number skills with videos on unknown powers, the area of shapes, sharing out money, and much more.

These audio-narrated, step-by-step videos talk through the process of approaching and solving a problem in an engaging real-life context. Students are shown exactly the sorts of workings-out that should be visible on their own page.

Book a visit
Find out more about Doddle’s interactive resources, self-marking homework quizzes, and automatic online markbook by booking a free in-school visit with one of our Education Consultants:
www.doddlelearn.co.uk/bookavisit

Philippa
Doddle

FREE resource to connect maths to the real world

Help your pupils understand the exciting applications of Maths in life after school

We’ve all heard it: “What’s the point of learning algebra? We’re never going to use it after we leave school!” Too many young people fail to see the purpose of learning Maths and subsequently become disengaged with the subject. We’ve built Panjango to give learning context and purpose by demonstrating the many exciting applications of Maths (and English and Science) in the world of work.

Panjango connects learning to life by linking curriculum topics to real, work-related challenges. For example, the following challenge demonstrates how, as a Computer Games Designer, young people may be required to recognise and generate terms in a sequence:

You are tasked with designing a ‘level up’ system for a new computer game. The system should be based on experience points. You decide that each level’s required experience points can be worked out by doubling the previous level’s experience points and then subtracting 100 times the level the user is currently on. The first level requires 400 experience points before the user can progress to the second level. How many experience points is the fifth level going to require?

Or this challenge puts students into the role of an Armed Forces Officer and requires them to apply their geometry skills:

You are planning an aid drop. Each air freight pallet has a length of 2.1m and a width of 1.6m. Items can be safely stacked to a height of 0.8m on the pallet. The aid drop is delivering first aid kits on the first flight. These kits each measure 35cm by 40cm by 10cm. In order to plan how many flights will be required to deliver the necessary aid, you need to know how many first aid kits can fit on each pallet. How many first aid kits can fit on one air freight pallet?

Panjango, which is free to use, features more than 1000 contextualised challenges across 120 different occupations (covering curriculum levels 3 to 7).

Our new filtering system allows you to tailor your lessons and present the challenges most relevant to your class. For example, you could display challenges set at one curriculum level e.g. all Maths topic at Level 7 to broadly explore the context and purpose of Maths; or you could display challenges relating to a specific topic such as algebra, geometry, or probability to help bring a specific topic to life for your students.

To help give your learning context and purpose, register now for FREE at panjango.online.

Thank you for joining us on our journey to connect learning to life!

Jon & Joseph
Founders of Panjango

“Panjango is a powerful, immersive experience which helps young people understand why their learning is important and how it is used in practical settings in the world of work. The resource has the potential to significantly enhance the learning outcomes of young people by bringing learning to life, making if fun, interactive and meaningful.”
Dr Richard Gerver, Education speaker, author and Head Teacher of the Year

Mathematics Summer School 2017 Booking Now Open

On this five-day Maths Summer School students will be introduced to undergraduate topics in pure and applied maths, examining challenging mathematical problems using both calculus and algebra. The course content includes material that students are unlikely to encounter in detail while at school but that is frequently covered as part of first year university programs. As well as looking at maths in theory, we will also be covering key applications of mathematical tools in computing, economics, statistics and engineering.The 2017 course will include:

Linear Algebra * Hierachies and the Google algorithm * Differential Equations * Financial Markets and the Black-Scholes Model * Integration and 3D Spaces * Vector Calculus * Vectors & Matrices * Proofs and Algorithms * Sets and Infinities * Cryptography

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fifteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. An expert Tutor will lead each session in a seminar format, but learning will be largely student-led wherever practical. Classes will focus on discussion and on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

The Mathematics Summer School is only suitable for students who have completed AS-Level Mathematics (or the equivalent in another qualification structure) at the time of the course. We welcome any student aged between 15-18 who meets this requirement.

This Summer School is particularly appropriate for students who may be considering further study of mathematics at undergraduate level, or who are interested in related disciplines such as physics, computing or engineering.

Practical Details:

The cost of the five-day course is £475, and will be held at the University of London in Bloomsbury (please note that these courses are not residential, and accommodation must be arranged independently if required). The course will be held on the 17th-21st July and repeated 7th-11th August and 21st-25th August.

There will be a limited number of bursary spaces available for those who would otherwise have financial difficulty in attending – please see our website for details.

To book a place please visit http://www.debatechamber.com/summerschools/maths-summer-school/ call us on 0845 519 4827, or email info@debatechamber.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

 

KS4 Quick Tests from Doddle Maths aid assessment and progress

Doddle KS4 Maths helps you to keep tabs on your students’ progress with a huge variety of targeted quick tests.

Self-marking, formative quizzes check your students are confident in their knowledge of fractional indices, using units, compound percentages, and much, much more.

Detailed recap slides instantly correct students and address any gaps in their understanding.

Score breakdowns automatically feed into your markbook, enabling you to diagnose weaknesses easily and personalise your feedback and support.

Book a visit
Find out more about Doddle’s interactive resources, homework quizzes and automatic online markbook by booking a free in-school visit with one of our Educational Consultants.

Philippa
Doddle

Join ATM and bring New Ideas to your Mathematics Classroom

ATM welcomes everyone, from all levels, with an interest in mathematics education.  Join and become part of a community of mathematics educators which access to stimulating activities, thought provoking research and genuine good practice in the classroom.   As a member of ATM you will gain access to a wealth of support, information and ideas.

You can join now by Direct Debit in 10 instalments for a full years membership, and instantly access the full library of journal articles, plus all the other benefits that membership brings.

That is just ten monthly payments of between £2.50 and £7.00 (depending of the membership type selected.

ATM Member Benefits

ATM membership is for anyone who has an interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Personal members receive their own individual copy of the *MT journal (five per year) in addition to access to the extensive library of electronic journals dating back to issue one, containing thousands of interesting and useful articles to use in your teaching.  Members also have access to the member-only resources, a 25% discount on publications and considerable further discounts on events and conferences.

*e-membership provides a greener alternative for our members by operating on a purely electronic basis.

Sign-up today and receive instant online access to all ATM member-only benefits.

ATM also has a full range of high quality publications that are written by teachers, for teachers.

www.atm.org.uk/Shop

Karen Foster – Commercial Officer
Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Tel:01332 346599  Fax 01332 204357

Resources and Support from ATM

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ATM Resources with activities for problem solving, reasoning, collaborative working, developing independence and much more….

Recommend for you…

ATM

Assessment in the New National Curriculum – an ATM perspective
A brilliant collection of tasks that illustrate how teachers can use ordinary classroom practice as the basis for assessment.  54 page + PDF slides

Learning Mathematics with Origami
Practical advice and activities on how to use origami with learners while offering opportunities to thinks creative, justify decisions and opinions and deepen understanding and reasoning.

Mathematical Imagery
An extensive collection of activities and writings on various aspects of imagery with a diverse collection of images and example questions for use in the classroom

Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice
A collection of meaningful projects for the Secondary classroom that encompass collaborative problem-solving while promoting discussion and engagement.

We Can Work It Out – collaborative Problem Solving for the Mathematics Classroom
This ATM best seller is a photocopiable book containing sets of group problem-solving cards to challenge and develop reasoning in the classroom.

Thinking for Ourselves
A fantastic book for KS1 and 2 containing activities to encourage chilldren to think by themselves or in a group and comes with a PDF of resource cards and activities to use alongside the problems.

See the full Publications Catalogue that feature some ‘flavour of…’ activities as well as our most popular resources.

You can also view all our resources in the ATM online shop.

Members of ATM receive discounts on resources as well as all the other benefits of membership.

Find out more

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM)

Members can now Join ATM at any time and receive twelve months of membership, including instant access to member discounts and resources.  You can spread the cost over ten monthly instalments from as little as £4.70 for NQTs and £5.00 for personal members per month.  Joining will give you access to thousands of activities, ideas, research, discussion,  resources and publications covering everything from problem solving and reasoning to collaborative working, developing independence and much more…   www.atm.org.uk

These two calculators could be all you need for the new school year….

LK 183                                                                 LK 83XP

The LOGIK LK 183 calc. has been used by UK school and college students since 2008. With 240 functions, plus twin line display, auto power off, hard plastic keys and a slide-on cover, it has proved to be extremely reliable as well as being competitively priced, (from just £ 3.49 ex vat).

It has recently been joined by the LOGIK LK 83XP with its “natural display” feature which enables the user to enter calculations as shown in textbooks and worksheets. With (almost) all the features of the brand leader, (not “verify” or “recurring decimal”) , its 252 functions include number tables, random numbers, prime factorisation, trig & stats functions log and anti-log etc plus a twin line display, slide-on cover, hard plastic keys and auto-power off. It’s battery powered with solar back-up for longer life and competitively priced. (from just £ 4.85 ex vat)

Both LOGIK calcs have a THREE year warranty (excludes LCD damage) and are suitable for KS 3, 4 and GCSE.

For more details, please see the website: www.signposteducational.co.uk

or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk or phone 020 7515 1797 and ask to speak to Martin Evans who will be pleased to assist.

PS. Also available is the “Value Maths set” which has proved to be very useful for students in lessons and exams……from just £ 1.10 ex vat. Details on the website.

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

What is the best way to encourage your students to reason mathematically and solve problems?

The new National Curriculum in Mathematics has at its heart an active, process-orientated delivery of the content; greater emphasis is placed on reasoning and problem solving.

These teaching materials will supplement your chosen textbook and provide your pupils with the opportunity to think for themselves about developing a mathematical strategy to fit a given activity.

The materials have been updated with the content from the new National Curriculum to cover:

  • Developing fluency
  • Reasoning mathematically
  • Solving problems

Topics covered are:

  • The nth term
  • Percentages
  • Tessellation
  • Probability

Each topic contains: details of the mathematical content covered; a pupil’s target achieved/progression sheet, lesson plans; worksheets; assessment. A section providing answers to all worksheets is provided at the end of the book.

Selected Topics in KS3 Maths is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom, and individual activities can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

An extract from  Selected Topics in KS3 Maths, ISBN 978 1 86083 745 6, order code T1678EMN, is available at http://pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/maths/T1678.pdf 

Prices

  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

When ordering the book please quote the reference T1678EMN.

FAO the Head of Maths – Work Less. Boost Results.

Dear head of department,

I used to work hard: 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week.

But the results of my students did not improve until I did less – a lot less.

This is because I created a revision program that was “self-taught”.

It showed students how to revise for their upcoming GCSE maths exam (in a step-by-step manner) from day 1 right up to the day of their exam.

The best part about it is, my program didn’t require me to be there and hammer-home the key concepts.

Since I put it into place, my workload has reduced by 50% yet the results of all my students have improved considerably.

If you want to reduce your workload significantly and boost your student’s results in the near future, I highly recommend that you get my unique revision program from: www.gcsemathsforschools.co.uk.

Kind regards,

Jeevan Singh
GCSE Maths For Schools

Last chance to buy the Mental Arithmetic Series for just £30

As part of our 2016 Summer Sale (which is well underway) we are selling our titles for just £5 a book as we aim to be selling downloads and downloads only from September 2016 (or whilst book stocks last).

Indeed, some of our book stock is now running low, including those in our Mental Arithmetic Series, so now may be your last chance to buy the Mental Arithmetic Series for just £30.

The Mental Arithmetic Series includes:

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 2 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 1-2
  • Numbers to 200
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 2
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 3 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 2-3
  • Numbers to 500
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 3
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 4 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 2-4
  • Numbers to 1,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 4
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 5 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 3-4
  • Numbers to 10,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 5
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 6 (£5)

  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 3-5
  • Numbers to 1,000,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 6
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • 3 easy questions to start each test giving each pupil confidence
  • Repetitive questions which steadily get harder through each book
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

Mental Arithmetic Questions for Year 7 (£5)

  • Ideal for Primary School Gifted and Talented Pupils.
  • Covers National Curriculum Levels 4 to 5+
  • Numbers to 10,000,000
  • Key Numeracy Strategy Objectives for Year 6/7
  • 30 sets of teacher questions with answers plus 30 photocopiable pupil answer sheets with prompts
  • A wide mathematical vocabulary as advocated in the National Numeracy Strategy

As always, you can order any of our resources by:

  • visiting our website
  • calling 01772 863158
  • faxing 01772 866153
  • emailing sales@topical-resources.co.uk            
  • or by sending your order in the post to Topical Resources, P.O. Box329, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5LT

 
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