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Official Statistics, our Infographic Competition and Excel

As part of the new Winton Infographic Competition KS3 and KS4 students will be expected to produce various graphs to add to their submitted Infographic. So, we thought this would be an ideal time to link to the updated Graph It resource.

Originally part of CensusAtSchool UK the resource has been updated with instructions on how to produce various graphs in Excel. This version forms part of the IASE (International Association for Statistical Education) GovStats resource for teaching Official Statistics.

The resource includes instructions for; Pie Charts, Bar Charts, Histograms, Population Pyramids, Box Plots, Time Series and Scatter Graphs.

If you are looking around for a Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Mathematics and Statistics activity  why not take a look at the new Winton Infographic Competition, entries need to be submitted by the 25th of April.

 

Dr Michael A Posner to visit the ICSE

We are very excited to announce that Dr Michael A Posner, Associate Professor of Statistics, Villanova University, USA and director of the Center for Statistical Education (not related), will be visiting Plymouth University early in the New Year to give a talk.

Dr. Posner is currently on sabbatical at The Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

The talk to be held on the 20th of January 2016 is entitled ‘Making Valid Inferences in Observational Studies using Propensity Score Analysis’, you can read the full abstract, get further information and book your place using the link below. All are welcome but priority will be for Plymouth University staff so please book early if you wish to attend.

The talk is supported by PedRIO (Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory at the University of Plymouth).

Making Valid Inferences in Observational Studies using Propensity Score Analysis

 

WinAtSchool Schools Competition – Ending in April

Now seems like a good time to tell all UK secondary school teachers that the 2015 WinAtSchool Maths and Stats Competition will be closing on the 30th of April.

If you have 8 or more pupils willing to test their mathematical skills and knowledge you should register your school as soon as possible. Find out how WinAtSchool.org.uk.

If time is short get your pupils to take part first, you can always register after the deadline to get your results and see how your school/class have done.

WinAtSchool at the Big Bang Fair

The Big Bang Fair BirminghamWe took our maths and stats quiz to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham at the start of March and then appeared at a handful of the regional events throughout the month.

This included a visit to North and South Wales, Sussex and Somerset.

We would like to thank all of the teachers who attended and all the pupils who took part in either the practice or prize quiz throughout all 5 events.

Big Bang Fair Competition

If you are one of the hundreds of pupils we met at the recent Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, or one of the regional Big Bang NearMe events and still wish to take part in our £20 Amazon voucher prize draw you have until the 30th April to do so.

Remember also that there is a Big Bang school prize.  Any school where 8 or more pupils take part, before the 30th, as a result of attending the Big Bang will be entered into our prize draw. You can find further details on our leaflets given out at all the Big Bang events.

Big Bang Fiar - A Team Effort

Big Bang Fair - Working it out

Christmas and New Year Close

The ICSE will be closed from the 24th until the 5th. In addition due to maintenance work over the Christmas holiday period all of our projects, including CensusAtSchool UK, ExperimentsAtSchool, WinAtSchool, DISCUSS and the Problem Solving Cycle will be offline from the evening of the 28th until the evening of the 5th.

For most of our projects you will be able to download and save the resources you require in advance, the only exception to this will be the Questionnaires and Quizzes.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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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 WinAtSchool.org.uk.

FIRST PRIZE: £2,500
SECOND PRIZE: £1,000
THIRD PRIZE: £500

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.

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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: www.telegraph.co.uk

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.

Links

NCETM – Maths HUBS
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

 

CensusAtSchool 2014/2015 Questionnaire Live

The ICSE this week launches the 2014-2015 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire. If you are a teacher based in the UK why not take advantage of the free lesson plans and resources to help improve mathematics, statistics and data handling in your school.

Getting Started

Want to try it out before you use the resource with your class? Follow these simple steps:

Want to know more…read on.

What is CensusAtSchool

Initially, when conceived in 1999 CensusAtSchool was run in cooperation with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which is responsible for the adult census. The aim was for each school class to be used as an illustrative population for a census. The same principles apply to the class as to the general population. As they were collected, data was added to a national database.

CensusAtSchool now produces a new survey every year for school aged learners to complete, that contains between 10 and 20 questions divided into categories – about the children themselves, their households and their schools. The distribution of questionnaires, the receipt of summary spreadsheets of the returns, cross-curricular worksheets for use in the classroom and the national database of pupils’ responses are all administered online.

It’s all about data handling

CensusAtSchool provides the opportunity to collect real data that excites an individual to investigate and enquire further, this is especially true when it is personal data that brings to life a story one has a personal connection with. Every academic year a new online survey is produced for 11-16 year old children that allows them to collect their real data via some core questions and a series of topical or themed questions.

The planning and collection of data by pupils has obvious long-lasting effects, multiple subjects are incorporated and topic boundaries crossed while integrating ICT and data handling that has real benefits throughout many curriculum activities, this is amplified further when data is analysed, discussed and disseminated.

You can visit the site at CensusAtSchool.org.uk. Did we mention we have internationalpartners running the project in New Zealand, the USA, Ireland, Korea and Japan? Take a look here.

Plymouth University launches statistical education centre

Welcome to our website, the home of the International Centre for Statistical Education (ICSE).

Based at Plymouth University in the School of Computing and Mathematics the ICSE aims to develop innovative projects that enhance statistical education in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace, as well as establishing a range of ‘tools’ and utilities that develop statistical understanding.

We will be building on the award-winning work already carried out by the Royal Statistical Society’s Centre for Statistical Education.

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