Monthly Archives: June 2015

WinAtSchool Final 2015

Winton LogoThe WinAtSchool 2015 final is almost here. The competition, organised by the ICSE with Plymouth University, and sponsored by Winton Capital Management, is to take place at at the University of Reading, Whiteknight campus on the 1st July 2015.

We would like to congratulate the twelve finalist schools that will be competing in the final. The schools are as follows:

Bourne Grammar School, Lincolnshire
Colyton Grammar School, Devon
Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire
Devonport High School for Boys, Devon
Kendrick School, Berkshire
Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, Lincolnshire
Malmesbury School, Wiltshire
Marling School, Gloucestershire
Saint Olave’s Grammar School, Kent
Sale Grammar School, Cheshire
The Blue Coat School, Liverpool, Merseyside
Warwick School, Warwickshire

It is shaping up to be an exciting finale with more than one team having been at the final last year including Marling School, the defending champions.

For the uninitiated, the grand final will consist of a team of four pupils from each school competing to win a top prize of £2,500. This year the event will be hosted by Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford, while Neil Sheldon, the Royal Statistical Society’s vice president for education and statistical literacy, will present the prizes.

We would like to thank all the teachers and pupils who took part, as usual the standard has been very high. For more information and the full press release visit #WinAtSchool.

Marling School

 

 

 

 

Pictured: 2014 Winners – Marling School, receiving their prize from Professor David Hand (L) and Neil Sheldon (R).

Data to Insight – Videos

Some of you may recall back in October 2014 a post on this blog about FutureLearn (@FutureLearn) running an introductory statistics course, entitled “Data to Insight“, developed by the University of Auckland. You can check the post here.

Now the lead academic from the course, Professor Chris Wild, has made all of the video material from the MOOC freely available. You can peruse the course index from his home page at the University of Auckland (stat.auckland.ac.nz) and view all the videos on his YouTube channel.

There is no question that outside of the MOOC framework this will be a tough introduction to statistics without some prior knowledge or a tutor to guide you but it would certainly complement exiting study or self-study for those willing to give it a go.

You can comment on all the videos via YouTube.

WinAtSchool – Big Bang Prize Draw Winners

Winton LogoYou may recall back in March we attended the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair in Birmingham and a number of NearMe Big Bang events regionally, this was to promote our WinAtSchool competition, sponsored by Winton Capital Management.

Throughout the events we were running two prize draws; one for any pupil that took part as a result of attending a Big Bang and similarly one for any class. The individual prize was a £25 Amazon Voucher while the class prize was a £100 Amazon Voucher.

We randomly selected and informed the winners last week and are now delighted to announce the results.

  • The individual winner was from The Compton School in London. It was especially pleasing  that the winner had got top marks.
  • The class that won was from Ysgol y Creuddyn a School in Llandudno, Wales. The teacher there told us they used the quiz for GCSE mathematics examination preparation.

We would like to thank the hundreds of pupils that took part individually, either at the events themselves or outside of school, and all the teachers who got 8 or more of their pupils to have a go while at school.

The WinAtSchool final is to be held on the 1st of July in Reading (more details can be found on the website).

WinAtSchool.org.uk

Census Applications: Using the UK population census data

The UKData Service are holding a two day event at the University of Manchester in July (16 – 17) entitled “Census Applications: Using the UK population census data“.

The UK population census data provides the most compressive snapshot of life in the UK today, it isn’t just about allocating money to local authorities to run public services it can be used to help to track and analyse social and economic trends and capture the diversity of our people.

This looks to be a highly informative event.  You can find out more by visiting the UKData Service on the link below. There is also a link to our very own CensusAtSchool project, that demonstrates how census data can be introduced to the classroom to enliven multiple subjects with real data.UKData Service Logo