CCEA places the spotlight on ‘Problem Solving in Mathematics’

From left to right: Seamus Cushley, Director of Blockchain, FinTech & Digital at PwC; Professor Geoff Wake, Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham; Justin Edwards, CCEA CEO

Innovation and 21st century skills were just some of the themes of the day at CCEA’s (Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment) first ‘Problem Solving in Mathematics’ Teachers Conference.

Over 150 post primary mathematics teachers, from across Northern Ireland, attended the conference, facilitated by leaders from Higher Education and industry - including PwC, Ipsos Mori, University of Nottingham and Bank of Ireland UK.

Teachers had the opportunity to discuss the importance and benefits of problem solving in mathematics, how it can be developed within the classroom and how it is needed for work and life.

Professor Geoff Wake, Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham who spoke at the conference said:

"Being able to solve problems using mathematics is an important skill in many careers and to help us make sense of data we are bombarded with in our daily lives. We shouldn't underestimate the challenge that teaching such problem solving poses and I'm sure that the day will provide us with many insights into how to do this effectively."

Justin Edwards, CCEA’s Chief Executive commented:

"Problem solving skills are essential for our young people - simultaneously developing their creativity, decision-making, thinking skills and independence. This conference provides opportunities for mathematics teachers to build upon their knowledge of teaching problem solving in the classroom and, in turn, enable pupils to be better problem solvers."

Rob Eastaway, Author and Director of Maths Inspiration speaking at the conference said:

"I’m pleased to be involved in a whole day devoted to problem solving in maths. It’s through solving rich problems that students can become most engaged in maths at school, and in the process they learn skills that they will be able to apply in adult life."


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Our online resource promotes problem solving in mathematics and supports the teaching and learning of the minimum statutory content for Mathematics and Numeracy at Key Stage 3, providing suggested activities that allow pupils to demonstrate their mathematics in real-life and work situations. There is an introduction to the materials as well as accompanying solutions and teacher notes for each of the problems.

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