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The University of Liverpool Maths School is more than its pupils and teachers. As the first specialist maths school in the North, we are committed to nurturing mathematical and scientific potential across the region. We aim to provide students from all backgrounds with the tools, confidence and opportunities to achieve their academic potential. Our outreach activities are free.

Outreach Offerings

We offer a variety of Outreach sessions including our online courses in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science as well as other outreach activities which include STEM Saturdays, Easter & Summer School, visiting schools for assemblies and workshops, school visits at ULMaS and mock interviews.

Online Evening Outreach Classes 2022

We will be commencing our online courses in September 2022- APPLY NOW!

 

Maths

Physics

Computer Science

KS4 Further Maths: Jan 2023

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught by Niall Thompson, ULMaS Head of Outreach. It is aimed specifically at Year 10 students looking to pursue the topics in Further Maths GCSE.

KS4 Advanced Maths Problem Solving: Sep 2022

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is open to year 10 and 11 students who want to improve their skills in solving problems such as those UKMT Challenges and BMOs.

KS4 Physics Masterclass: Sep 2022

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Aimed at year 10 & 11 students that want to apply their physics GCSE knowledge to complicated scenarios across the main areas of physics, in particular Electricity, Forces, Waves and Energy.

KS4 Algorithms and Programming: Sep 2022

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is aimed at students in year 10 & 11 with an interest in programming. This course will show you how to plan, design, and write algorithms in pseudocode, OCR exam reference language or Python.

KS5 Aspiring Mathematician Programme: Sep 2022

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is aimed at Y13 students applying to study Maths and those whose anticipated offer will require STEP, the Oxford MAT or the TMUA.

KS5 University Physics Entrance Exams: Sep 2022

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This course is aimed at Year 13 students who are about to apply to University or wish to take any of the Physics Olympiad YR13/Entry exams (PAT/ENGAA)

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KS4 Further Maths: Jan 2023

Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course will be available for new sign ups soon for the next cohort starting in January 2023.

If you are a Year 10 student doing well in Maths, then Further Maths GCSE is a great way to build on your existing skills to broaden your knowledge of Maths, and ULMaS is excited to be delivering a course rarely delivered in Secondary Schools to the keenest Mathematicians across our region. This course will introduce you to branches of Maths most Secondary students would not usually study, including Calculus and Matrices which both have numerous real world applications. An excellent first foray into topics covered in A Level Maths and A Level Further Maths, we hope this course will help current GCSE students make the transition to A Level study, keeping your STEM subject options wide open for a huge variety of competitive university courses.

This course will be held during term weeks on Thursdays at 4.30pm – 5.30pm from the 12th of January 2023. There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

More information on how to sign up coming soon.

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KS4 Advanced Maths Problem Solving: Sep 2022

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught online by ULMaS Headteacher Damian Haigh. This course is open to year 10 and 11 students who want to improve their skills in solving problems such as those UKMT Challenges and BMOs. We’ll also explore some interesting mathematics topics beyond GCSE and related to A-Level Maths and Further Maths.

This course will be held during term weeks on Mondays at 4.30pm – 5.30pm starting on the 26th September 2022. You can sign up to this course after the course has started as each week different topics are taught.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

*Please note* that we need to verify you as a student once you have signed up to one of our courses, for this you will need to list a teachers email address on your form to be contacted. You will receive course information from September once verified.

Click here to apply to Advanced Maths Problem Solving

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KS4 Algorithms and Programming: Sep 2022

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lead by our Head of Computer Science, Steve Wentworth. This online course is aimed towards year 10 and 11 students interested in computer science.

This course will be held on Tuesdays during term weeks at 4.30pm – 5.30pm, starting on the 27th of September. There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

*Please note* that we need to verify you as a student once you have signed up to one of our courses, for this you will need to list a teachers email address on your form to be contacted. You will receive course information from September once verified.

Click here to apply to KS4 Algorithms and Programming

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KS4 Physics Masterclass: Sep 2022

Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Led by our ULMaS Assistant Headteacher, David Hemsley. This online course will be an opportunity for keen physicists to apply the knowledge they are learning during GCSE study to complicated scenarios across the main areas of physics, in particular Electricity, Forces, Waves and Energy. Participants will then go on to explore how the subject is developed further at A-Level, forming clear links between their current and future study and offering a taste of advanced physics. Year 10 and 11 students with an interest in physics should find this course both challenging and enjoyable, and are all welcome to attend.

This course will be held on Wednesday’s during term weeks at 4.30pm – 5.30pm, starting the 28th of September 2022. There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

*Please note* that we need to verify you as a student once you have signed up to one of our courses, for this you will need to list a teachers email address on your form to be contacted. You will receive course information from September once verified.

Click here to apply to KS4 Physics Masterclass

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KS5 University Physics Entrance Exams: Sep 2022

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught by ULMaS Head of Physics Aurora Gutierrez-Sosa and is aimed at Year 13 students who are about to apply to University or wish to take any of the Physics Olympiad Year 13 exams (BPhO Physics Challenge, BAAO Astronomy & Astrophysics Challenge and BPhO Round1, all in November). It is also good preparation for entry exams such as the PAT, ENGAA or physics section of the NSAT.

This course will be running every Monday at 4.30pm, starting the 26th of September 2022.

There is no charge to take part in this course but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

The course is open to Year 13 students in schools in Merseyside and the North West. You will need to provide a teacher/school email address so we can verify you as a student. You will receive course information from September once verified.

Click here to apply to University Entrance exams preparation

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KS5 Aspiring Mathematician Programme: Sep 2022

Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is taught by ULMaS Head of Outreach Niall Thompson, and is for Year 13 students applying to study Maths at University.

It will be of particular interest to candidates whose anticipated offer will require STEP, the Oxford MAT or the TMUA. The course may also be of use to aspiring Oxford Computer Science students. It will give sixth form students an opportunity to work on typical examples from each of the admissions tests in detail. Initially, the focus will be on the Oxford MAT due to the earlier deadline, but we anticipate that as time progresses the course will be of greater interest to students preparing for STEP at the end of the school year.

The course will be aimed at Year 13 up until exams take place in November, after which Year 12s are invited to join.

This course will be held on Tuesdays during term weeks at 4.30pm and starting on the 27th of September 2022.

The course is open to Year 13 students in schools in Merseyside and the North West. You will need to provide a teacher/school email address so we can verify you as a student. You will receive course information in September once verified.

Click here to apply to Aspiring Mathematician Programme



Teacher CPD

Enriching GCSE lessons with KS5 content course for teachers

This course can be summed up in the phrase “I wish I’d thought of that sooner”. When teaching able students at GCSE I was persistently encouraging them to study A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics but rarely did I demonstrate how the content they were learning at GCSE would be deployed in their A level studies. When teaching students with a high interest and potential in mathematics, why should questions on pulleys not be used when teaching simultaneous equations or complex numbers discussed when teaching surds?

Teaching across several key stages is demanding and this course is designed to provide teachers with a free, on demand CPD opportunity. Participants will be provided with access to weekly videos and worksheets, allowing them to refresh their subject knowledge and utilise the resources in their classroom. The aim is that with more teachers actively relating GCSE content to the next level of mathematical study, we can encourage even more students across the region to elect for these options at A Level.

Click here to apply to Enriching GCSE lessons with KS5 content course for teachers

An example of what to expect from our online lessons

Participation Requirements

There is no charge to take part in any of our online courses, but priority will be given to students in state funded schools in the Liverpool City Region.

For all our courses, you will need:
– a quiet place to work at home or school
– a computer or tablet that can join a Zoom meeting (microphone and camera not necessary) [if this is a problem please apply anyway and we’ll try to find a way to help]
– to be able to join our Google Classroom (you may need to use a personal Google account for this as your school account may not be able to join our classroom)
– the commitment and time to complete work set outside lessons
– pencil and paper


Easter School

Year 11 Easter School Grade 8+ GCSE Revision Day

Information for future Easter Revision Days coming soon.

Year 13 Easter School – Statistics & Mechanics Masterclass

Information for future Easter Masterclasses coming soon.


Summer School

Year 12 Summer School – Entry to STEM courses at high level universities

Information for out 2023 Summer School coming soon.


STEM Saturdays

STEM Saturday 2: Taster Days – Saturday 5th November and Saturday 3rd December.

Join us on the University of Liverpool campus to experience learning at the maths school and help you to decide if the school is right for you.

On these days you will see what lessons are like in our sixth form. You will be taught by our teachers, have a chance to meet current students, meet like minded year 11 students and get a feel for the ethos of the school.

The day will be from 9.45 – 2pm at University of Liverpool Maths School – Sir Alastair Pilkington Building on the University Campus (L69 7SH).

We expect places to go quickly and we only have 60 places, so sign up quickly! If you can’t attend after signing up let us know so we can add someone from the waiting list.
Click here to express interest in one of our Taster Days

 

Previous Events 2022-23

STEM Saturday 1

Our first STEM Saturday of the 2022-23 academic year took place on Saturday the 8th of October 2022 and was focused around Fluid Dynamics in Engineering. Students had a talk on nature informing engineering, found out about fluid dynamics in pipes from Dr Rob Lindsay from the University of Manchester, completed research into turbulence, taking pictures and videos of this then presented their findings to the group.

2021-22

STEM Saturday 1

We are pleased to say our first STEM Saturday of the year on the 12th March 2022 reached full capacity and was a great success with 68 students attending. This day was aimed at Years 10, 11 & 12 students, were they explored the topic of Electromagnetism which is covered throughout KS3 to KS5 in schools. We aimed to enhance students understanding of this topic and go well beyond the curriculum in a day which involved expert talks, practical activities and theory. They seen a range of real life applications that use electromagnetism and found out about the current work by experts researching in these fields. A huge thank you to Professor Carsten Welsch, the Head of the University of Liverpool Physics Department who joined us for a talk and activities.

STEM Saturday 2

50 students attended our second STEM Saturday on the 2nd April 2022 focused on Computer Science with a math statistic. Years 10, 11 & 12 used computer science techniques within a physics practical experiment to prove that light intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance. They also conducted an experiment using an Arduino microcontrollers and some discrete electronic components. The also included a lecture on Artificial Intelligence from University of Liverpool’s Dr Sebastian Wild and Pamela Bezerra.

STEM Saturday 3

Our third STEM Saturday on 14th May 2022 was aimed towards Years 10 & 11 and focused on Further Maths. It covered how surds, Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry link to complex numbers, learn a more sophisticated approach to sequences and investigate how finding the roots of quadratic equations can extend to polynomials of higher powers.

STEM Saturday 4

Our fourth STEM Saturday on the 18th June 2022 was also aimed towards Year 10 & 11 students interested in Further Maths. It covered Matrices, probability distributions and impulse and momentum. We had another full turn out with 47 students in the North West region attending.


School Visits

If your school is interested in hosting an ULMaS workshop sharing the joy and benefits of maths, physics or computer science with your pupils, we can support you in delivering bespoke enrichment sessions to students from Year 5 through to Year 11.

Programmes could involve:

If you would like to get involved or find out more about any of our activities, or if you are a local teacher who would like to know more, please do get in touch with our team by emailing outreach@liverpoolmathsschool.org


Year 11 Summer School 2021 Feedback

“Helped to influence A-level decisions”
“Increased my aptitude for maths and physics”
“I’m even more excited about A levels now”
“It has given me consolidation of GCSE content whilst involving A-Level work too”
“Made me more confident with my reasoning and explaining how I came to a conclusion or idea”
“They have helped me solidify my A level choices”
“Helped me know more about education after A-levels due to the speakers and some things to expect for A-levels”
“Maths lesson helped with bridging work for A-level”
“They have made me enjoy a challenge”
“Very interesting insights provided into areas of mathematics, physics and computer science”
“An enjoyable experience and made me think deeper about my future education and career choices”
“Interesting and challenging.”

Year 12 Summer School 2021 Feedback

“It has made the Physics Aptitude Test questions seem a lot easier, and gave me a good idea of what an interview should be like”
“Now more knowledgeable about university application processes”
“It has made me feel confident and well prepared for interviews and admissions tests”
“Made me feel more confident in my ability to answer MAT and STEP questions”
“Made me more confident with tackling harder questions, and gained a more thorough understanding of the sort of questions I could be asked in an oxbridge interview. Improved my personal statement”
“It has made me more aware of how much I enjoy maths and want to continue it at university and has helped me with all aspects of applying to uni and taking part in specific exams/interviews etc.”
“It helped me to see how I could improve with what I say during the interviews.”
“I have obtained a better way of thinking when solving mathematical problems. These skills I believe will be very useful when I go onto studying maths further. The interview sessions helped me have an idea of how it would would be like and it was really interesting.”
“The sessions have greatly improved my skills in answering PAT questions. I feel better prepared for applying to university”
“I believe these sessions have most definitely helped me with my university applications as well as preparation for admissions tests. As well as this I believe my personal statement will face a lot of improvements after the personal statement masterclass”
“It gave me a better idea of what to expect at interviews and helped with the way to work through MAT and STEP problems.”