The Large Data Set.


AS and A level mathematics specifications require students to:

  • become familiar with a specific large data set
  • use technology to explore the data set
  • interpret real data
  • use data to investigate questions arising in real contexts

The large data set is an excellent tool to address these requirements. We will consider strategies to access the large data set throughout the statistics component of the course and how it can be used to infuse our teaching and add richness and context to our lessons.


  • Develop strategies for working with large data sets
  • Consider how technology can best be used to explore large data sets
  • Investigate strategies to ensure students become familiar with both the content and the context of large data sets
  • Consider the implications of an increased focus on interpretation over calculation in A level maths

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers currently teaching, or planning to teach, the applied content of A level maths.

Both experienced and inexperienced teachers are welcome to attend.


12:30 – 12:45              Registration and refreshments

12:45 – 13:15              Large data set requirements; what is meant by familiarity with the large data set?

13:15 – 13:30              Break

13:30 – 14:30              Making use of technology to promote familiarity and understanding of the large data set Excel, GeoGebra and hands-on activities.

14:30 – 14:45              Break

14:45 – 15:45              Assessment of the large data set; markschemes and examiners’ reports.

15:45 – 16:00              Plenary

Materials and Equipment

Please bring a laptop or tablet with you, ensuring you have Excel and GeoGebra Classic 5 installed on it.

Other Information

Please bring your own lunch as lunch is not provided.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:


Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

3.5 hours


East Midlands


Walton Girls High School and Sixth Form,
Kitty Briggs Lane,
NG31 7JR


Mon 29th Apr 2019

Course times:

12:30 - 16:00




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

Dave Tuhey
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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