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Maths will be 'more interesting'

Maths teachers have met at Cambridge University to calculate how to make maths more interesting and accessible.

Ofsted research shows pupils, especially those in secondary schools, need more inspiring lessons to help them learn the subject.

More than 100 teachers from secondary schools took part in a workshop at the university to work out how to encourage positive attitudes in the subject.

It is the second session of three aimed at tackling the issue.

Engaging problems

On the first session teachers worked with more creative maths resources available from the University of Cambridge's NRICH Mathematics Project.

Programme director Charlie Gilderdale said: "It's important that students leave school having encountered more than just 'textbook mathematics'.

"We offer thought-provoking, engaging problems that can usually be solved in a variety of ways, and often require students to conjecture, explain, generalise, justify and prove.

"We'd like all students to experience and appreciate the power and excitement of mathematical thinking."

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