Core Maths common topics



Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one or two day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course covers the main topics which are common to all Core Maths specifications. Further topics to complete the content for each specification will be available soon via the On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) programme.

This course comprises of eight online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered in a small group of teachers, allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.


  • To provide teachers with an opportunity to improve or refresh their subject knowledge of the main topics which are common to all or most Core Maths specifications
  • To provide opportunities to interact with course tutors and other delegates in a small group to discuss subject knowledge, resources and teaching ideas

Who will benefit from attending?

This course is suitable for a wide range of Core Maths teachers:

  • Teachers who are new to teaching Core Maths
  • Those wishing to refresh their teaching of the subject
  • Teachers of other A level qualifications that use maths


  • Discussion and context to introduce an idea (Fermi estimations and familiar stats)
  • Correlation
  • Regression
  • Sampling and data
  • Financial maths
  • Exponential growth
  • Probability (Core Maths style)
  • Using current ideas and topics from the news as applied to methods covered so far

Materials and Equipment

You will need access to a good internet connection, using Chrome or Firefox as a browser. You will need a headset with a microphone to engage with the live sessions and most courses also require a means of sharing handwritten maths, such as a mini-whiteboard and webcam, a visualiser or a graphics tablet. Full details of how to set these up can be found on our online classroom support page

Other Information

The order of topics may be subject to change. 

A series of On Demand pods designed to complete the content for your Core Maths specification are currently under construction. Please see Core Maths top-ups for details of eligibility, what is already available and what will be developed soon. 

Our summer courses have been scheduled on the assumption that schools and colleges will not be reopening as normal until after the summer term. If this changes, we will assess affected courses immediately and let you know how we intend to proceed. Every effort will be made to continue to offer you the best experience of online professional development that we can throughout these unusual circumstances. Please do contact us at [email protected] if you have any concerns or if your attendance at a course will be affected by a return to the classroom.


All teachers are eligible for this course, however free places are available only to teachers in state-funded schools, colleges and academies in England. Applications for free places will be checked to verify eligibility and teachers should ensure that they are able to attend the live sessions before applying for a place. 


This course is free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools, colleges and academies in England, otherwise the fee is £195.

Study Schedule

Date Session content
25 January Discussion and context to introduce an idea (Fermi estimations and familiar stats)
08 February Correlation
29 February Regression
07 March Sampling and data
14 March Probability (Core Maths style)
21 March Exponential growth
25 April Using current ideas and topics in the news as applied to methods covered so far
02 May Financial maths

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

Core Maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Pure, Problem solving, Use of technology, Curriculum planning

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Online sessions:




Start date:

Sat 25th Jan 2020

Course times:

09:00 - 10:30


Free for state-funded schools; £195 otherwise

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

[email protected]
01225 716494

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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