Core Maths top-ups

Online Self-paced study


The first sections of a group of On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) pods designed to support teachers offering Core Maths or considering offering Core Maths, especially those who are using the Integral Core Maths platform are now available.

The course will comprise a series of 'pods', designed to complement our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) course Core Maths common topics. When complete, this will provide teachers with professional development covering all aspects of the existing Core Maths qualifications.  

In each pod, teachers will experience a variety of content including:

  • short videos explaining the ideas behind the topic
  • 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; 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 or a pod.


  • To introduce teachers to a range of techniques which will enable them to work more confidently with students studying Core Maths
  • To provide opportunities to reflect on subject content, resources and teaching ideas and to discuss these with other teachers via the course forums.
  • To provide support for teachers using the Core Maths platform with their students.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers involved in the delivery of Core Maths.


Access is available based on the specification you are offering. If you prefer, you may choose to access all the topics on offer. This table shows which topics are relevant to which specification. 

Topic/Specification AQA Mathematical Studies Edexcel Maths in Context OCR (MEI) Core Maths Core Maths - all topics access Approximate time to complete*
2A 2B 2C A B
Linear programming Up to 1 hour
Fermi estimation Up to 1 hour
Critical path analysis Up to 1 hour
Hypothesis testing Up to 1 hour
Normal distribution Up to 3 hours
Understanding and using sequences Up to 1 hour
Hypothesis and Chi squared testing Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Spearman's rank correlation Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Algebra skills Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Drawing and interpreting graphs Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Logarithmic scales Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Data processing Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Fallacies in probability and statistics Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Exponentials Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Sampling and limitations Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Probability and risk Coming soon! Up to 1 hour
Spreadsheet skills for Core Maths Up to 3 hours

*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 the capability to watch video.


Due to the way we are funded, this project is only available to teachers currently working in a state-funded school or college in England. 


ODPD is free of charge for qualifying teachers.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving, Use of technology, Reasoning

Event format:

On Demand Professional Development




Self-paced study




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

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The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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