Proof, problem solving and modelling in A level Mathematics



This one day course for teachers of AS and A level Mathematics, provides an opportunity to consider how the new 'overarching themes' of proof, problem solving and modelling can be delivered together with aspects of the curriculum content from pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics.

Although these themes have always been a part of A level Mathematics, they now account for 50% of the marks in the new assessment objectives. Examiners' reports on the new AS and A level Mathematics from summer 2018, from all specifications, agree that "The most significant challenge was the new assessment objectives, which led to changes in the demands placed upon students." (AQA)

In this course we will consider ways in which adressing the overarching themes can be integrated into teaching of the curriculum content. We will also present ideas for using the Large Data Set to support the teaching of statistics. 


  • To consider how the overarching themes of proof problem solving and modelling can be addressed within the curriculum content.
  • To consider how the large data set can be used to address the new emphasis on interpretation rather than calculation in statistics.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers of A level who want to develop their teaching to address the new assessment objectives in A level Mathematics.


9:30 Arrival and refreshments

10:00 Introduction 

10:15 Argument, language and proof 

11:15 Break

11:30 Mathematical Problem Solving

12:30 Lunch

13:15 Mathematical Modelling (mechanics focus)

14:15 Break

14:30 Using the Large Data Set in the teaching of statistics

15:30 Plenary and close


Other Information

Lunch will be provided.

Course Leaders: Tom Button and Sheila Eastwood

Tom Button is the Technology PD Lead for the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and MEI's Mathematics Technology Specialist. In addition to his work for the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme Tom is an expert in the use of technology for the teaching and learning of mathematics and has presented a large number of professional development courses. Tom tweets about the use of technology in maths at @mathstechnology and blogs at

Sheila Eastwood is an AMSP Area Coordinator for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics, Statistics, Pure, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

1 day


Yorkshire and the Humber


Cloth Hall Court,
Quebec Street,


Thu 11th Jul 2019

Course times:

09:30 - 15:30


Free to state schools.


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

Sheila Eastwood
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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