Spreadsheets and the large data set


This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers with using spreadsheets in their work with the large data set in A level Maths. 

The course comprises 4 'pods', each demonstrating how spreadsheets can be used in the classroom to support the teaching of Statistics.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section, a pod or a full course.


  • To introduce teachers to a range of techniques which will enable them to work more confidently with the large data set used in their specification for A level Maths.
  • To provide opportunities to reflect on subject content, resources and teaching ideas and to discuss these with other teachers via the course forums.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers involved in the delivery of the Statistics component of A level Maths.


Section Approximate time to complete*
Introduction to the large data sets Up to 1 hour
Using Excel
Using Google Sheets Coming soon!
Up to 1 hour for one
Up to 1.5 hours for both
Using GeoGebra Up to 1 hour
Sampling and hypothesis testing Up to 1 hour

*Timings are approximate and suggest the required time for a topic to be counted on a certificate of participation. Further resources are linked from each section and so participants may, if they wish, spend more time than this in consolidating and reflecting on the content. You do not need to complete all sections to request a certificate. 

Materials and Equipment

Internet connection with capability to watch video. Access to spreadsheet software, ideally Excel, Google Sheets and/or GeoGebra.


Due to the way we are funded, ODPD is only available to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England.


ODPD is free of charge for qualifying teachers.

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Key Facts



Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Use of technology

Event format:

On Demand Professional Development




If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

The ODPD team
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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