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Annual Mastery Conference


The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace,
London, SW1Y 5AG

£245 +vat




Maths Differentiation: Meeting the Needs of All Learners

A special one-day maths conference and networking event exploring methods of differentiation when teaching maths
for mastery, aimed at maths leads, head
teachers and maths mastery specialist teachers.

An opportunity to hear from international experts, participate in practical workshops, and network with fellow maths teaching revolutionaries.

This year our annual Mastery Conference is all about differentiated instruction. We’ll be bringing together world experts to provide you with the latest research and thinking as well as practical differentiation guidance to use in the classroom. Back by popular demand, our popular Mastery Conference, includes Dr Yeap Ban Har - leading expert on the Singapore method and teaching to mastery.

Ofsted, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Department for Education (DfE) have all emphasised the value of the pedagogical and discovery learning nature of the Singapore approach to teaching maths.


We all know that teaching maths for mastery is based on developing a deeper understanding of maths concepts as well as problem-solving and reasoning skills, by slowing down and teaching less content in more depth. A core component of this approach is that the whole class is taught the same content at the same time, so that all master concepts and no pupil is left behind.

But for teachers who are used to grouping learners by their perceived ‘ability’, whole-class teaching can seem like an insurmountable challenge, as revealed by our research which showed:

  • 67% of teachers say that teaching maths using a whole-class approach is perceived to be too challenging
  • 2 out of 3 say that ensuring ALL learners keep up is a barrier to teaching maths for mastery.
  • So we’ve decided to dedicate our annual conference to tackle these issues and to equip you with the confidence and practical skills to enable you to teach all your children to master maths.

    Dr Carol Tomlinson


    Dr Carol Tomlinson is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia, USA.

    Author of over 300 books, book chapters, articles and other educational materials, including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms (2017, 3rd edition). Dr Carol Tomlinson will be presenting The Differentiated Classroom – Responding to the Needs of All Learners, providing you with the opportunity to learn how to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse pupils.


    Dr. Yeap Ban Har


    Special guest speaker is Dr Yeap Ban Har is an accomplished and inspirational speaker and consultant to the Maths — No Problem! Primary Maths Series. Ban Har spent ten years at the National Institute of Education in Singapore where he was involved in several funded research programmes in mathematics education. Ban Har will share his experience from Singapore, where every child achieves their potential in maths. He will also be offering advice and help as part of our panel of maths mastery experts.



    Dr Tony Gardiner, Mathematician, Author, and Educator; Former President of Mathematical Association, UK

    Dr Tony Gardiner will talk at the conference on "Complexity and Depth – Stretching your Most Advanced Learners". In 2016 Tony received the Excellence in Mathematics Education Award from Texas A & M University.

    Dr. Vanessa Pittard


    Our conference panel discussion group will include international experts; Dr Yeap Ban Har and Dr Carol Tomlinson, plus we’ll have teachers and Dr Vanessa Pittard. All of whom will be taking your questions on the topic of Practical Differentiation Strategies for Teaching Maths Mastery.

    Dr Vanessa Pittard is an experienced education policy professional with a strong understanding of cognitive aspects of teaching and learning and effective curricula and pedagogy. Until this year Vanessa worked as Assistant Director for Curriculum and Standards at the Department for Education in England (2011 to 2017), where she held responsibility for mathematics education and worked on STEM and literacy. She was central to the development of the Maths Hub programme and worked closely with the NCETM on the introduction of South-East Asian ‘mastery’ teaching.

    Don’t miss this chance to ask these maths mastery experts questions at our conference.


    Get to grip with and understand how to meet the needs of all learners, from struggling to advance. This workshop promises to provide you will the practical skills to understand how to differentiate tasks to achieve whole-class teaching. Our workshops will be run by our trainers including Judy Hornigold and Simon Norton.


    This conference is jam-packed with international expert speakers, workshops and panel discussions. And don’t forget to stick around at the end of the day, to enjoy a glass of fizz and a chat at our networking event. We’ve got lots of exciting new announcements and updates to come over the coming months.


    • 08:45 - Registration and Welcome Coffee
    • 09:20 - Chair’s Introductory Remarks Simon Norton, Lead Trainer, Maths — No Problem!
    • 09:25 - Welcome Address Andy Psarianos, Founder, Maths — No Problem!
    • 09:30 - INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER: The Differentiated Classroom – Responding to the Needs of All Learners Dr Carol Tomlinson, Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy, University of Virginia, USA
    • 10:10 - Questions
    • 10:20 - Complexity and Depth – Stretching your Most Advanced Learners Dr Tony Gardiner, Mathematician, Author and Educator; Former President of MA , UK
    • 11:00 - Questions
    • 11:10 - Refreshments
    • 11:30 - INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Ensuring that Every Child Achieves their Potential in Maths – Lessons from Singapore Dr Yeap Ban Har, International Speaker on Singapore Maths Teaching; Series Consultant, Maths – No Problem!, Singapore
    • 12:10 - Questions
    • 12:20 - Lunch
    • 14:20 - PANEL DISCUSSION
    • 15:15 - Closing remarks
    • 15:30 - NETWORKING: Sparkling Afternoon Tea
    • 17:00 - Conference Ends


    “A great range of speakers at #MNPconf today. Well hosted by @MathsNoProblem. Many will be more confident in their teaching after today”.

    "We don't need children to be fast at maths, calculators are fast. We need children to be thinkers."

    “Thank you to all the team @MathsNoProblem - inspirational conference: great speakers, venue etc. 10/10!!”

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