The MAT Lectures


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The MAT Lectures are a series of engaging talks delivered by high profile, inspiring speakers on a range of topics relating to education. Each event is free to attend and offers valuable networking opportunities.

The MAT Lectures launched in December 2016, with the topic 'Mastering Maths' and it was delivered by Dr Helen Drury, Executive Director of Mathematics Mastery.

The Spring MAT Lecture was on Tuesday, 28th March and was presented by Keith Stuart, Games Editor from The Guardian and his talk was focused around his recent best selling book titled 'A Boy Made Of Blocks'. 


An overview of all the MAT Lectures can be found on our Eventbrite page.

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'Mastering Maths' with Dr Helen Drury

The Autumn Term’s MAT Lecture 'Mastering Maths' was delivered to a packed audience of staff and mathematics enthusiasts on 6th December. The audience had travelled from schools and universities from across Bristol and neighbouring counties, and took place in the Medlock Hall at Merchants' Academy.

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The MAT Lecture was delivered by Dr Helen Drury, Executive Director of Mathematics Mastery, and timed to coincide with the annual publication of the PISA results and reports. Dr Drury spoke about the methods surrounding closing the gap in mathematical understanding and application, successfully used in Singapore and China. The Mathematics Mastery approach aims to ensure no child is left behind, with rapid progress made through thinking and working with number and mathematical concepts. Dr Drury answered a range of interesting questions from the audience who also enjoyed the opportunity to network at the drinks reception before the lecture.



'A Boy Made Of Blocks' with Keith Stuart

The Spring Term’s MAT Lecture was delivered by The Guardian’s Game Editor Keith Stuart. Speaking to a packed audience in the Medlock Hall following a drinks reception and networking event, Keith’s engaging and entertaining presentation revealed a world of video gaming far removed from the stereotypes often portrayed.

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Keith’s best selling novel A Boy Made Of Blocks, currently headlining in the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club and which is based on the powerfully positive influence playing Minecraft with his own son who is on the autism spectrum has had, was a sell out in the book signing afterwards.


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