Primary Mathematics Conference

Connecting big ideas in maths:
What, why and how?

Friday 22 June 2018
The Epping Club, Sydney

Are you ready to transform the teaching and learning of mathematics at your school?


The ‘Connecting Big Ideas in Maths’ conference provides strategies and tools for a whole-school approach to connecting the ‘Big Ideas’ in primary mathematics, to help transform the teaching and learning of mathematics at your school.

With all-new content and brand new sessions, this one-day conference will help you gain a new perspective into the teaching and learning of mathematics at your school.

Spend a whole day learning with Anita and Tim. Be inspired with six ground-breaking sessions (no need to choose sessions or change rooms!). Get the opportunity to health-check your school’s whole-school-approach and create an action plan for lasting change.


Who should attend?


Starting with the bigger picture and drilling down into take-home strategies and tools, the Connecting Big Ideas in Maths conference will help you gain a new perspective on the teaching and learning of maths at your school.

The conference is suitable for:

  • School leaders
  • Established teachers
  • High-potential early career teachers

This is a school team-based conference. In order to get the most out of your investment we encourage you to send a team from your school. However, individual delegates may still attend.

Transform mathematics at your school
The conference will teach you about the Big Ideas of primary maths – and show you how a Whole-School Approach can transform the teaching and learning of mathematics at your school.

Why are the Big Ideas Important in Primary Mathematics?

In Primary Mathematics, a Big Idea is an idea or concept which is fundamental to the learning of mathematics. It builds student understanding by linking different mathematical concepts into one central idea that makes sense at a deep, conceptual level.

The Big Ideas in maths are where many students ‘Aha!’ moments come from, and are one of the cornerstones of deep mathematical understanding, as opposed to solving mathematical problems through learning techniques which do not necessarily reflect or use deep mathematical thinking.

The Big Ideas in maths run through all grades and ages and are underpin many areas of the curriculum. They form one of the foundations of a Whole School Approach to Mathematics, which sits at the heart of high-quality mathematics teaching and learning.

When students grasp the Big Ideas they understand maths as a coherent set of ideas that all interconnect with each other and make sense together. Big Ideas make connections. They create a robust understanding of mathematics and a generation of deep mathematical thinkers.


What you’ll get out of it


  • Know what the ‘big ideas’ in maths are and why they’re important
  • Learn how to work smarter, not harder in classrooms
  • Gain strategies and tools to lead a whole-school approach to maths, grounded in current research
  • Learn how to apply the Whole-School Approach model to your school’s context and track your school’s progress
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how student learning progresses in mathematics
  • Leave with a weekly program template and ready-to-use classroom resources
  • Health-check your school’s whole-school-approach and create an action plan for lasting change
  • See the strategies in action with 30 days free access to Anita’s demonstration lesson videos


Conference Highlights


  • Spend a whole day with Anita Chin and Tim Waugh
  • No need to choose sessions, just get your ticket and turn up!
  • Six sessions with Anita and Tim
  • A 75-minute assessment-focused mega-session with Anita and Tim
  • A chance to reflect on where your school is at and where it wants to get to
  • A dedicated team planning session for your school led by Tim
  • Free parking
  • Fabulous food to fuel your mind
  • Awesome prizes (no entry required, just be there!)
  • 30 days free access to demonstration lesson videos

Completing Primary Mathematics Conference 2018: Connecting Big Ideas in Maths – What, Why and How will contribute 5.5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Conference Pricing and Registration

Early-Bird Option

Closes Friday 13 April 2018
Individuals: $350 (incl GST)
Teams (up to 8 delegates from each school): $330 (incl GST) per person

Full Registration

Closes Friday 1 June 2018  
Individuals: $390 (incl GST)
Teams (up to 8 delegates from each school): $370 (incl GST) per person

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