Monthly Archives: November 2014

WinAtSchool – Goes Mobile

WinAtSchool is an online competition, in statistics and mathematics for Year 7 to 11 pupils in England and Wales; P7 to S4  in Scotland; and Year 8 to 12 in Northern Ireland. The competition is fun and easy to enter, with prizes for winning schools. You can find out more by visiting the site at


Both the Practice Quiz and Prize Competition are now open and, from today, available on mobile devices that have JavaScript enabled. A link to the practice quiz is provided on the button below.

If you are not based in a UK school but would like to have a go you may use the LEA code ‘100‘ and the School code ‘9999‘, just be sure to spread the word and tell a Maths teacher.


Spurious Correlations

A recent tweet mentioned the great Spurious Correlations website created by Tyler Vigen. Tyler’s site has been featured in numerous news articles and often gets a mention when one spurious correlation or another appears in the media. It is just a bit of fun but has a serious message, reinforcing the adage that ‘Correlation does not imply causation’.

So, in case you have not come across Tyler’s site already, the BBC produced an online article  that may prove a good introduction and possibly make up part of a lesson on Correlation.

In addition, the site has been featured on the always excellent BBC Radio ‘More or Less’ programme (International visitors may not be able to access this).

All the links are below:

Spurious Correlations
BBC Magazine
BBC Radio ‘More or Less’



Core Maths

There is already a great deal of information out there for Core Maths (UK), with practitioners having started this September (2014), but if you are yet to get involved with the new “Core Maths” qualification here is a brief synopsis from the Telegraph, including some sample questions for you to have a go at:

To the real reason for the post…MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) have two upcoming online seminars dedicated to Core Maths. Details follow below but for the full scheduled take a look using the link here.

Thursday 27 November 17:00
General Introduction to Core Maths qualifications

Friday 5 December 16:00
OCR(MEI) Quantitative Reasoning and Quantitative Problem Solving

Maths Hub Launch

Last week we attended the launch of the Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub at Truro and Penwith College. We were present primarily to promote WinAtSchool our Maths and Stats competition, which is now live for any secondary schools wishing to take part.

What are Maths Hubs?

The Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub is one of 32 regional hubs, across England, created in July 2014 to support a range of maths related activities to improve participation in mathematics and teaching, learning and leadership of mathematics.  For further information visit the NCETM website where you will find a list of all 32 hMaths Hub Logoubs, a list of hub contacts and can sign up to individual hub newsletters.

Maths Hub Launch

The launch event at Truro and Penwith College featured a number of workshops covering all levels of maths, from Primary through to A-level and included an introduction to Core Maths and the new GCSE specifications.

Of particular interest was the China-England Research and Innovation Project – Teacher Exchange, where we got a glimpse of how Primary maths is taught in Shanghai.


NCETM – Core Maths (especially useful for Core Maths adopters)
Cornwall Teaching School (Details for Cornwall and West Devon Hub)
Truro and Penwith College
Twitter: @MathsHubs