Problem Solving at Higher Level



Problem solving is important for many reasons

     -  encourages thinking, flexibility and creativity

     -  develops cooperative skill

     -  promotes greater understanding

     -  develops connections between topic areas

to name but a few.

In this course we develop problem solving skill at a higher level within the context of the overacrching themes of the new A level Mathematics.

We will consider different problem solving methods and use a wide range of resources to develop skills but which will also engage and enrich students learning whle studying A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

The course will be delivered by Christine Watson and Liz Price.

Christine is an AMSP Area Coordinator and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester.  She has taught mathematics across the West Midlands and was Secondary Mathematics Advisor for Worcestershire.  She has worked with a number of national bodies including the FMSP, NCETM and IMA.  She leads professional developments nationally and is an NCETM PD Accredited Lead.  She is currently involved in both Initial Teacher Education and the University of Worcester’s School Improvement offer.

Liz Price is a former senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton before she became involved with the Further Mathematics Support Programme, now the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme.  She has been working for these projects, trying to improve the provision of Mathematics and student opportunities in the West Midlands, for more years than she cares to remember.



  • Explore resources and share strategies for effective teaching of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Consider ways to build student resilience, curiosity, confidence and success
  • Include a focus on the overarching themes of the A level specifications of Mathematics

Who will benefit from attending?

A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics teachers, especially those who wish to reconsider their teaching methods.


Problems solving approaches within the context of the overarching themes of the A level specification

     - Mathematical argument and proof

     -  Reasoning and proof

     -  Problem solving and modelling



All priority schools and colleges are eligible to receive a subsidy of £150 to support staff cover and travel costs.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

1 day


West Midlands


Armstrong Room,
University of Wolverhampton Science Park,
Coxwell Avenue,
Wolverhampton ,
West Midlands,
WV10 9RU


Mon 8th Apr 2019

Course times:

09:30 - 15:30


This event is free

Priority Area subsidy:



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

Liz Price
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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