SMC Virtual Conference – 6th March 2021

The Scottish Mathematical Council will be hosting its annual conference online for the first time ever!


The conference offers a fun filled informative day of mathematics for teachers in all sectors including but not limited to: Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

We are also very fortunate that the conference will also be a FREE event this year so not only can you attend from the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to pay a penny for the pleasure!

For details of the workshops that will be available click here:

For registration click here:

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Read and Write Training – this will be a game changer for many pupils!

If you are with the Highland Council, you will now have access to Read & Write.

I know this doesn’t sound like a maths related post but it will be useful for all subjects and for some kids it really will be a game changer in terms of accessibility to online learning if they have reading difficulties but I believe it offers a whole host of other benefits too.

Pupils can access this really easily at the click of a button and I’ve been promoting it recently at some training I’ve been delivering around the use of some online materials that we’ve been sharing with some schools.  If the difficulty is a reading one, rather than a maths one, Read and Write will read the text for pupils so they can access the information and therefore be in a better position to solve the problem.

Training for Read and Write is being offered to Highland Council staff on the following dates/times.  You can access all of this by checking the Highland Digital Hub Calendar.  
This is not being organised or delivered by the Numeracy Team, we’re just passing on the information.

Date: Friday 15th Jan 
Time: 11am
Title: Planning for Remote Learning Using Read and Write and More!
Description: We want to do our part to help minimise disruption to crucial teaching and learning time.  If you are migrating to remote learning practices, we want to make sure that you’ve got all the support you need to use our technology.  We’ll show you how best to utilise the Texthelp family of products during this difficult period to help with building resources, setting assignments, completing worksheets, grading, assessment and feedback.  It’s everything you need to know to support and enable remote learning with Texthelp.

Date: Monday 18th Jan 
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Title: Read and Write Training – Level 1 (Back to Basics)
Description: For staff unfamiliar with Read and Write.

Date: Wednesday 20th Jan 
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Title: Read and Write: Using PDF Reader

Date: Thursday 21st Jan 
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Title: Read and Write: Supporting Dyslwxia/Struggling Learners
Description: This will have a specific focus on supporting ASN pupils.

Date: Monday 25th Jan 
Time: 2 – 3 pm
Title: Read and Write: Achieving Outcomes for all Students
Description: Looking at how Read and Write can be used by ALL pupils.

Date: Wednesday 27th Jan 
Time: 6 – 7 pm
Title: Read and Write: An Info. Session for Parents

Please refer to the training calendar for links to the Google Meet codes where the training will be hosted.

I’m sure many teachers, parents and pupils will find this incredibly useful.

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Remote Learning Options: Recorded Training and Live Session

Welcome back and I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year despite the difficult circumstances we continue to find ourselves in!

Just before the holidays we ran a live training session giving ideas for remote learning which may be even more relevant now given the recent announcement that this will be going on for longer than expected.

I’ve added a recording of the video below so you can watch it at your leisure.  Please remember these are just ideas and hopefully offer some helpful suggestions and solutions but this isn’t the only way that things could be run.

I’ll also add this to the CPD section of the blog and the Highland Digital Hub where you’ll be able to find a PDF of the slides too.

I will run another live session on Wednesday 6th January at 4:30 pm.

I will aim to get the joining details added to the Highland Digital Training Calendar and also the CPD calendar but you can access it using the Google Meet Link below.  This is for Highland Council staff only:

The content of the live session will be the same as the one before the holidays and the same as the recording but with it being live, there will be opportunities to ask questions for anything that you are unsure about or need further advice on.

I hope you all have a great start to the New Year and the new term.

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Remote Learning Options: Training Session today

With the announcement over the weekend that schools will move to remote learning temporarily after the holidays, we wanted to offer a training session tonight that will highlight options available to you so you can continue to offer high quality learning experiences during this time.

The session can be accessed using the Google Meet code below: This is for Highland Council staff only.

The session will run today – 21st December at 4.30 pm.
The duration is set to one hour but it will most likely be a bit shorter than this.

The training will highlight three options that we think may be useful to people and how you might structure these online:

  • Instructional videos which can be used in one of two ways:
      • As an independent learning opportunity
        Teachers would share the instructional video and then set a series of questions related to the content.
        An example would be this video here on Understanding the Meaning of the Equals Sign:
    • As a group discussion
      Teachers would use the video to facilitate a group discussion online
      An example would be this video here on Incrementing and Decrementing in Fifths: 
  • Using Story Problems to facilitate high quality, rich discussions
    • We ran this successfully during the last period of remote learning and had great success with it with the classes we worked with.  
    • We will talk through options so you can find out more and use it with your own classes if you wish.
  • Using the Home Learning materials that are available on the Digital Hub

The session will be rerun in January before the children return, a date, time and link will be posted here in due course.

We hope you can join us as we think this will be useful for teachers and provide opportunities for high quality teaching and learning but in a manageable way that isn’t creating excessive work load.

If we don’t see you there, have a great Christmas and enjoy a well earned break.

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Education Scotland – Webinars and Recorded Training

If you haven’t seen them already, Education Scotland are running a series of events to support the professional learning documents that they released earlier in the year.

Webinars are being run in both English and Gaelic.  See below for dates and times:

Title: Data and Analysis (English)
Date: 08.12.20
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Click here to register

Title: Number and Number Processes (Gaelic)
Date: 10.12.20
Time: 16:30 – 17:30
Click here to register

Future sessions in English will be:

Title: Time

Date: 02.02.21
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Date registration opens: 05.01.21 and you will be able to register here.

Title: Ideas of Chance and Uncertainty

Date: 02.03.20
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Date registration opens: 03.02.21 and you will be able to register here.

If you missed the sessions on:

Number & Number Processes
Fractions, Decimal Fractions & Percentages

the recordings are available here (you will need to be logged into Glow).
The fractions recordings are not up yet but will be soon.

Future sessions in Gaelic will be on the following themes.  When registration opens for them (I believe this is about three weeks to one month before) then you will find the relevant event here if you search for the appropriate date.

Title: Fractions, Decimal Fractions & Percentages
Date: 27.01.21

Title: Data & Analysis, Ideas of Chance & Uncertainty
Date: 08.03.21

Title: Time
Date: 24.03.21

Don’t forget that over 20 hours of our own CPD is freely available right here on the Highland Numeracy Blog.

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Northern Alliance Online Primary Maths Conference

The Northern Alliance Online Primary Maths Conference will take place on:

Saturday 28th November from 9:00 – 13:15

with the event being hosted on Microsoft Teams in Glow.

It’s set to be a great event with four sessions being delivered by a variety of practitioners from across Scotland.

For more details and to book your place click here: (you need to be logged into Glow).  The conference is open to all practitioners who work within the Northern Alliance.


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Northern Alliance Online National 5 Mathematics Conference – this weekend!

Just a reminder that the Northern Alliance National 5 Mathematics Conference is being hosted online this Saturday (14th November).

There’s a great line up of presenters including Andy Thompson, Lee Gray, Chris McGrane and Jo Morgan.

The session will run from 09:00 – 13:15.

If you haven’t signed up already you might be able to grab a last minute place through the Northern Alliance Sharepoint site:

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SMC Virtual Conference 2021 – Call for presenters!

Please see below for a message from the Scottish Maths Council with details of next year’s virtual SMC conference as well as a call for presenters.

SMC Virtual Conference Saturday 6th March 2021

We hope you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times.  As you may be aware, the Scottish Mathematical Council has made the difficult decision not to hold our usual conference at Stirling University in Spring 2021 and will instead offer an online/virtual conference.

Whilst we are sad to have been forced to break from tradition, a virtual conference does offer new and exciting possibilities and we plan to offer three different types of session:

  • live presentation
  • pre-recorded presentation
  • professional discussion on a theme of common interest

We would be delighted if you were able to lead a session of your preferred format.

Should you be willing to do so, please register your interest no later than Monday 9th November 2020 by following the link and completing the form:

Thank you,

The SMC Virtual Conference Planning Team

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ATM Maths Snack Videos

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics have produced a series of short video clips. (Very short – they are less than 3 minutes long!) They are a fantastic mixture of easy to use games, tasks and activities and there is something for everyone. They were designed by the experts to use in lockdown and you could use them anywhere including as fun homework activities.

Here’s the link to access them: Maths Snack Videos

Here’s an example of one of their videos but there are plenty of others covering a range of different ideas:

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There have been some Monday Magic Maths Moments across Highland. Remember to tweet your pictures to @HNumeracy. Let’s celebrate together.

April from the Science Skills Academy has a message for everyone about the outdoor maths kits.

The Science Skills Academy hope that the Outdoor Maths kit they sent you will be useful this week and beyond. If you have not received your Outdoor Maths Kit yet, please email

The SSA are asking every school to fill in our feedback survey at least once please. If multiple class teachers have used the kit, please ask them to each fill in the survey.

Please fill in this feedback survey:

Your feedback now will impact what they do next. Should they make a STEM kit next? Offer more online CPD, or downloadable activities? Please let them know what you think.

For reference, resources for the Outdoor Maths Kit from the Science Skills Academy:

Watch the online CPD –

Download the 17 Outdoor Maths Activities –

More Maths Week Scotland Resources here:

Book your class in for a live event here –

Download resources here –

Activities: (filter by age)

Best regards,


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