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Secondary Magazine - Issue 50: 5 things to do

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Secondary Magazine Issue 50Straw bear  - photograph by kev747

5 things to do this fortnight

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Are you a subject leader looking for some inspiration? Maybe you’re thinking of applying for a subject leader post when the adverts start appearing? Why not have a look at the new Excellence in Mathematics Leadership microsite which explores some of the key elements of subject leadership and core responsibilities of this demanding role. It offers a flexible and stimulating way to review where you are now, plan some next steps, and learn from the experiences of other subject leaders through a set of case studies and 'stories of change'.

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Everything we buy, from books to baked beans, has a product code printed on it. More sophisticated check-digit codes exist on official documents, bank notes and air tickets. What are they for and what do they mean? This free lecture, Codebreaking in everyday life, at the Museum of London, will look at the mathematical structure of these codes and explain their purposes. And in this age of boundless surveillance, are there enough numbers for each of us to have a serial number of our own?
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Teachers who work with others on developing their practice play an invaluable role in supporting the professional development of their colleagues and improving the experience for learners. They are also key figures in developing innovation, creativity and new teaching and learning approaches in schools and colleges. However, they often have limited opportunity to discuss and share practice with similar colleagues.
The National Centre is holding six national Influence and Impact Conferences in January and February 2010, in locations from Newcastle to Exeter. Come and take part in workshops and discussions and listen to the experiences of peers about ways of working with others and the benefits of collaboration. 

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Get ahead of the game and book your place on the MA’s annual Yorkshire and Humberside Mathematics Professional Development Day.
This one-day professional development event takes place on 1 March 2010 at The Royal York Hotel and aims to support teachers to embrace the aims of the new secondary mathematics curriculum through new tasks and teaching approaches.
More information can be found by downloading the programme and bookings can be made by e-mailing conference@m-a.org.uk

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In Whittlesea, it was the custom (since when no one quite knows) on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the first Monday after Twelfth Night) to dress one of the confraternity of the plough in straw and call him a 'Straw Bear'. A newspaper of 1882 reports that "...he was then taken around the town to entertain by his frantic and clumsy gestures the good folk who had on the previous day subscribed to the rustics, a spread of beer, tobacco and beef."
If you enjoy a ‘spread of beer, tobacco and beef’ then make sure you get to the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, which takes place on 15, 16 and 17 January where there will be a variety of events before the Sunday burning.
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