Further Mathematics Conference



A free one-day professional development and networking conference, dedicated to the teaching of AS and A level Further Mathematics.

Experience interesting and stimulating ways of introducing Further Mathematics topics in the classroom.

Gain support in meeting the challenges of establishing and sustaining AS and A level Further Mathematics.

Who will benefit from attending?

These conferences are suitable for any teacher who is currently teaching AS or A level Further Mathematics, or who expects to do so in the near future. The content will be relevant to all of the Further Mathematics specifications.


The day consists of a mixture of plenary and optional sessions. Following last year’s focus of a general introduction to the new specifications, this year’s conference will explore specific aspects of A level Further Mathematics.

Sessions will include:

  • Setting up Further Mathematics provision
  • Sustaining Further Mathematics provision
  • Linking Complex Numbers and Matrices (Pure)
  • Differential equations (Pure)
  • Work and energy (Mechanics)
  • Further probability distributions (Statistics)
  • Planarity (Discrete Maths)
  • Problem Solving in Further Maths
  • Use of GeoGebra in Further Maths


Priority will be given to teachers from state-funded schools and colleges.


Session descriptions for the 2019 FM conferences in Derby, Gateshead, London and Manchester. Please note that not all sessions are available at all conferences:

Setting up FM provision – all conferences
This is aimed at schools/colleges who are offering Further Maths for the first time either this year or next year. The focus will be on strategies for how to offer FM, including suggestions for promoting FM, timetabling, resources and professional development.

Sustaining FM provision – all conferences
This is aimed at schools/colleges who already offer Further Maths but have small cohorts or fragile provision. The focus will be on strategies for maintaining provision including suggestions for increasing FM numbers, resources and professional development.

The Setting up FM provision and Sustaining FM provision session have similar content: teachers should not attend both of these sessions.

Ideas for teaching differential equations (Pure) – all conferences
Solving differential equations, and using them for modelling in kinematics and other contexts, is a key topic in A level Further Mathematics. Interesting applications such as motion with air resistance, resonance and predator-prey models can arouse curiosity and motivate classroom discussion. In this session we’ll explore some applications involving simple practical examples and through the use of technology.

Linking complex numbers and matrices (Pure) – all conferences
In this session we will explore and discuss the interconnectedness of two fundamental topics that students meet when studying AS Further Mathematics. We will look at activities that both new and experienced teachers can use in the classroom for these topics.

Work and energy (Mechanics) – all conferences
‘Work and energy’ is a crucial topic in all Further Mathematics mechanics specifications. In this session we’ll look at how this begins with some basic principles and can be developed to shed light on a range of problems from bungee jumpers, to loop-the-loop rides, to bouncing balls. There’ll be a focus on using simple equipment to develop understanding and test ideas. Knowledge of the mechanics content of A level Mathematics will be assumed.

Further probability distributions (Statistics) – all conferences
This session will look at the properties of the Geometric, Negative Binomial and Exponential distributions; their relationship to other distributions; ideas for introducing them in the classroom and the use of spreadsheets in simulating observations from them.

Planarity (Discrete Maths) – all conferences
A planar graph is one which can be drawn on a plane surface without any edges meeting except at a vertex. This session will present an overview of several topics related to planarity; complete graphs, the planarity algorithm, Kuratowski’s theorem and thickness.

Problem Solving in Further Maths – all conferences
In this session we will demonstrate how some short but rich problem solving activities can be easily incorporated into teaching Further Pure Mathematics and identify some of the key teaching skills required to do this. The session will focus on matrices but include reference to sources that cover the full range of topics for Further Pure Mathematics.

Use of GeoGebra in Further Maths – all conferences
This session will look at ideas for integrating GeoGebra into the teaching of complex numbers, matrices, vectors, differential equations and polar coordinates. There will be an opportunity explore files for use when teaching and as well as some student activities. Delegates are requested to bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone with GeoGebra installed to the session.

Floyd’s Algorithm (Discrete Maths) – London 27th February and 30th March only
A very common real life question is “What is the shortest path from A to B?”. Whilst Dijkstra’s algorithm answers this question for one pair of vertices, Floyd’s algorithm finds the shortest distance and associated route for every pair of vertices in a network. As well as looking at the algorithm in detail, this session will review some differences in in how it has been presented in recent published materials.

Vectors (Pure) – London 27th February only
Vector geometry was formerly in FP3 but now is part of the compulsory content of the new A level Further Maths specs. Using only scalar product as a basic tool, this session will cover problems involving intersection, distances and angles between lines and planes. We will also discuss the use of props and technology to support teaching and learning.

Teaching matrices with GeoGebra – London 27th February only
This session will look at using GeoGebra to explore matrices and transformations in 2D and 3D, extending to the application of matrices to explore intersecting planes. Delegates are requested to bring a laptop or tablet with GeoGebra installed to the session.

Investigating numerical methods with spreadsheets (Pure) – London 30th March only
The numerical methods for solving differential equations and integrating using Simpson’s rule appear in different places in the Further Maths specifications. In this session we will explore using spreadsheets to investigate them.

Groups (Pure) – London 30th March only
This topic is included in Further Maths specifications because it serves as an introduction to undergraduate maths – it provides a playground for proof, makes links between different parts of maths and introduces some key concepts. We shall look at some examples of groups as well as the key idea that makes this such a powerful and exciting topic – isomorphism.


This conference is free of charge.

Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a further subsidy of £250 to support staff cover and travel costs.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics, Statistics, Pure, Discrete, Use of technology, Curriculum planning

Event format:


Event length:

1 day


North East


Marriott Hotel,
Marconi Way,
Newcastle upon Tyne ,
NE11 9XF


27th March 2019

Course times:

09:30 - 15:45



Priority Area subsidy:



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National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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