Proof in the A Level classroom



Proof is arguably the single most important topic in the A level Maths curriculum, so why do we find it such a challenge to give students a good grounding in this?

On this day, we’ll look at teaching proof from the basics upwards, including communicating mathematically, ways to integrate proof into your scheme of work and how to go about transferring the proof experience you have gathered over years into the brains of your students in a few weeks. We will work on examples from multiple sources and electronic copies of all resources used will be available after the event.

Although the proof, problem solving and modelling 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)

The day is led by Jo Sibley who lives on the sunny south coast in Poole and has taught Maths and Further Maths for 21 years. She has been an FMSP Area Coordinator and is now on the AMSP National Team as the Coordinator for Online Professional Development. 

The draft outline for the day (this may be subject to change) is as follows:

Time Session content
09:00 – 09:30 Arrival, coffee
09:30 - 11:00 The Basics - What are we talking about? The Proof of the Pudding. The Mossy Rock. Old Friends and New
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee
11:15 – 12:30 Communication – Maths is a language; precision and efficiency
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:00 The Magical Proof Hat – how hard can it be to write your own questions?
14:00 – 14:15 Tea
14:15 - 15:15 How do you solve a problem like Maryam? Proof around a theme, including a really BIG solve
15:15 – 15:30 Reflection and takeaways

Who will benefit from attending?

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

Other Information

Lunch and refeshments will be provided.

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

5 hours




Richard Taunton College,
Hill Lane,
SO15 5RL


Tue 10th Mar 2020

Course times:

09:00 - 15:30



Priority Area subsidy:

£250 per teacher for schools in priority areas


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

Will Warne
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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