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O.R. in Schools – Teachers


Maths is used on almost a daily basis by everyone everywhere. In school, this is pretty obvious – we have maths lessons and so of course we use maths! But what happens when you’re not at school? Do you realise maths is fundamental for rollercoasters to stay on course upside, or that your luggage at the airport needs maths to arrive in the right place? 

O.R. is a ‘signpost’ career for young people who enjoy studying mathematics and problem solving but aren’t sure how they might use these skills in the workplace. The examples and materials we provide (for free!) are designed to help students and teachers by providing some great examples of maths being used to help solve ‘real-world’ problems and present O.R. as an interesting and fulfilling career.

Download the ORIS School Visit Request (above) send it back with a rough idea of dates and we’ll sort out a free visit to your school or college

Interactive Session

We run workshops using fun, interactive and engaging games to show you how playing with Lego  (and other great bits) can showcase the usefulness of maths and Operational Research (O.R.) in the real world. We run these workshops free of charge at enrichment events, STEM clubs and during  school lessons. Download the ORIS Outline of Workshops (above) for details of the five most popular workshops we run.

Case Studies

Wondering how Operational Research is used in the real world? If you want to know how maths is used by the Government or the National Air Traffic Services, we can help. We can provide a speaker from either industry or academia to talk about a recent project they’ve worked on and they can explain how they’re using maths and O.R. to make a difference.

Career Talks

But where would I work?

If students aren’t sure how they could use maths in the real world, why not get an OR in Schools volunteer in who can answer their questions? We have members who work in a huge variety of jobs and companies, spanning multiple industries. They’ll come in, talk about where they work, how they got there and hopefully inspire the students to take up a career using maths! For year 10’s / 11’s and sixth form students, this can be really beneficial as it opens their eyes to a career they may not have previously been aware of.

We also have an annual careers fair held in Birmingham

CPD For Teachers

Throughout the year, we run CPD for teachers that lasts ½ a day and allows you to extend your maths knowledge and take fresh new ideas back to the classroom! The morning or afternoon is based around achieving the three areas detailed below:

    1. Broaden / deepen maths knowledge - understand what Operational Research is and the techniques it involves. Understand the background and aims of the O.R. in Schools (ORiS) initiative

    2.Relate theory to practice - Focus on application of maths to real life by demonstrating where O.R. is used in the real world (including using physical resources such as Lego to demonstrate this) and providing examples.

    3.Allow group reflection time – to reflect on how they found it, how their students would find it and how it can be used in class.