AS and A level Maths: Statistics



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 comprises seven 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. An optional introductory session is also available for those teachers who are fully new to teaching Statistics.

Any teacher currently based in a state-funded school or college who signs up for this course is encouraged also to apply for our free On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) course Spreadsheets and the large data set which allows greater depth of study for this area of the course than we are able to provide in the live online environment. More details are here: ODPD Spreadsheets and the large data set


  • To provide teachers with an opportunity to improve or refresh their subject knowledge of the main topics that typically feature in AS & A level statistics
  • To provide opportunities to interact with the course tutors and other delegates in a small group to discuss subject content, resources and teaching ideas.

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers who are new to offering the statistics element of the A level Mathematics course and those who are seeking to refresh their approach in this context. For those who are fully new to teaching statistics, there is an optional preparatory session available before the start of the main course. 

If you are a teacher currently based in a state-funded school or college in England, and wish to develop your skills specifically with the Large data set, we recommend this free On Demand Professional Development course: ODPD Spreadsheets and the large data set


  • Optional introductory session for those new to teaching statistics
  • Using large data sets (focusing on using the results from analyses)
  • Sampling
  • Probability
  • Binomial distribution including hypothesis testing
  • Normal distribution including hypothesis testing

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.

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
(23 January) (Optional initial session for those new to teaching statistics)
30 January Using large data sets (focusing on using the results from analyses)
06 February Sampling
13 February Probability
27 February Binomial distribution
05 March Hypothesis testing using the Binomial distribution
19 March Normal distribution
26 March Hypothesis testing using Normal distribution

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

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Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

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Start date:

Thu 30th Jan 2020

Course times:

18:30 - 20:00


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

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National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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