Workshop Description

Developed to support students in contextualising maths and understanding how important the subject is to their future prosperity, Maths and the World of Work opens with an energetic game unveiling the role maths plays in a wide variety of careers. Working in teams, the students are then guided through a process allowing them to interrogate the specific maths skills demanded by identified Career Sectors. And, in a visit to the realms of international discourse, they share their findings with each other through an “Ambassadors” activity! 

Exploring: maths in context, “functional” and “soft” maths, mathematical language 

Suitable For: KS3/KS4/S1 – S5)

“All who witnessed the level of buzz and atmosphere in the room were simply blown away by the engagement of students, the high energy environment and delighted in watching students find clever and innovative approaches... A superb day was had by all.” Altwood Church of England School

1-hour to half a day
60 students per workshop
Large classroom/ hall


What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan the perfect day of activity to suit your requirements. We can be completely flexible to fit around your school timetable or a plan an off-timetable day. You might opt to have this workshop repeated several times for different groups, or to have a selection of complimentary workshops for the same group - or a mix of the two. 

Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector in each working space, so that students can view the supporting PowerPoint.

How many students can take part in one day?

This workshop can accommodate up-to 60 students at a time, in sessions lasting as little an one hour, meaning it is usually possible to have up-to 300 students take part over the course of one day.

What space is required for this workshop?

Students will usually work in teams of four or five, and can do so seated at tables or on the floor. Groups of up-to 30 can work in the classroom but larger groups will need a larger space such as the school hall or a double classroom.


Is this workshops available as part of a Big Maths Day?

Yes, The Trading Game is perfect for Big Maths Days, which can accommodate a whole year group in a whole day of exciting and engaging maths activity!

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