Covid-19 and the new school year
The AMSP has already developed several new resources to support students and teachers with remote learning. These can be accessed from the relevant pages of this website.
We’re now working on additional materials to support students with the transition to new courses, and to encourage more students to continue to study maths beyond GCSE.
Here’s an overview of some of the developments that we hope you’ll find particularly useful for the new academic year. We’ll let you know when the new resources are available.
Students making the transition from Year 11 to study A level Mathematics can already access our free Essential Skills resources online. We have also made printable versions of these resources available, which will be especially useful for students with limited access to technology. Students can also sign up to study the free Transition to A level Mathematics course. Both resources help students to develop fluency in the fundamental techniques and the key mathematical concepts that underpin A level Mathematics.
Students can also sign up for the free Core Maths Skills course. This is designed to support students taking Core Maths but would also benefit students taking other level 3 courses with mathematical content such as Psychology, Geography, Biology and Business.
Please encourage your students to use these resources to support their transition to level 3 maths.
The AMSP is now offering a new professional development course, Preparing to teach A level Mathematics. It explores the underlying principles of effective A level Mathematics teaching and is designed for those new to teaching AS/A level Mathematics.
Promoting level 3 maths
We are currently updating our range of materials to engage and inform Key Stage 4 students about the benefits of studying maths beyond GCSE, which includes our Maths: Opening the door to your future leaflet. Please contact us if you’d like free printed copies of any of our leaflets, postcards or posters to pass on to your students.
Our ‘Why study maths’ presentation and accompanying notes are being updated and will be uploaded in early September. These can be edited to use as you wish at your school or college open events.
In addition, we’ll be uploading an open-evening style presentation video for you to use if your school/college can’t hold open events in the usual way. You’re welcome to share this with Year 11 students, and their parents, to outline the range of level 3 maths options available and explain why they are so important for progression into a range of future studies and careers.
We are also producing six exciting online taster sessions – two each for Core Maths, A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics. These will give a flavour of what it’s like to study each of these qualifications and why they are so important. Each consists of a short introductory video followed by an interactive ‘lesson’ for the student to work through at their own pace.
Watch out also for some ‘vox pop’ videos of students who’ve studied level 3 maths giving their thoughts on how the qualifications have helped them with their future studies.
We also plan to enhance our careers support and guidance by adding additional website content. This will appear during the autumn term.
The AMSP continues to support and promote greater levels of engagement in level 3 maths by girls. We’ll soon launch a new web page, providing detailed guidance for how to encourage more girls to study level 3 maths.
We’re also updating our girls’ participation leaflet. The new version will soon be available as printed copies and as a download from the new girls’ participation page – watch this space!
Schools and colleges registered with the AMSP continue to receive free access to extensive resources to support the teaching and learning of maths. In 2020-21, to further support students returning to schools and colleges, the AMSP will be making available videos to support all areas of the A level Mathematics specification, similar in style to our FM videos. These videos will be available via the teacher and shared student logins provided when schools and colleges register with the AMSP. They are designed to be used flexibly as part of a blended learning approach.
The first set of videos is in production and will cover:
- Early Year 12 topics – to support new Year 12 students
- Later Year 12 and early Year 13 topics – to support Year 13 students