Teaching Further Mathematics 1 (TFM1)

Overview

Teaching Further Mathematics 1 (TFM1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching A level Further Mathematics. It covers at least the pure material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications.

TFM1 features:

  • 10 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • textbooks to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Participants will have the option to certificate by submitting an assignment at the end of the course.

Following completion of this course, participants will be eligible to study TFM2, which includes the remaining pure content common to all A level Further Mathematics specifications.

Aims

  • Develop confidence and skills to teach A level Further Mathematics, focusing on subject knowledge and effective pedagogy.
  • Gain a deep understanding of A level Further Mathematics.
  • Provide opportunities for mathematical thinking, explore connections, and identify misunderstandings.

Who will benefit from attending?

TFM1 is designed for A level Mathematics teachers who are currently teaching AS or A level Further Mathematics or who wish to teach it at some point in the near future. 

Our sustained courses enable teachers to broaden and deepen their subject, pedagogical and pedagogical content knowledge. Teachers, with enhanced subject knowledge, are therefore better equipped to make links between topics, address students’ misconceptions and confidently challenge learners at all attainment levels. Our course aims and intended outcomes are consistent with the principles set out in the Education Inspection Framework.

Content

TFM1 covers the pure material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications and more:

  • Matrices
  • Complex numbers
  • Roots of polynomial equations
  • Summations and series
  • Proof by induction
  • Vector geometry
  • Maclaurin series
  • Calculus
  • Hyperbolic functions

Materials and Equipment

A computer with a reliable internet connection will be required to attend the online tutorials. In addition, a headset with a microphone is suggested to get the best experience of the online tutorials.

Cost

For TFM1 autumn 2020 we are waiving our usual course fee/reimbursement arrangements so that this course is free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools and colleges in England. For others the course fee for TFM1 is £300.

Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a subsidy of £250 per study day.

Participant feedback

Thanks for a great course, I have learnt a lot and am looking forward to trying some of the ideas out this year.
Genuinely been so impressed with TFM1&2 and have loved taking part. My teaching is heaps better for it.
Actually made me think about how to deliver a subject rather than just teach from the book.
The course was fantastic and I have used so many of the resources.
...it was nice to spend a day on maths with like-minded people.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no requirement that applicants have taught A level Mathematics before enrolling on TFM1 however, much of the pure content of A level Mathematics is assumed knowledge. The Teaching A Level Mathematics (TAM) course is highly recommended for teachers looking for support with teaching A level Mathematics.

It is difficult to be specific as this will depend on previous experience. In the past, delegates have reported spending between 1 and 4 hours studying each week. Ideally, delegates should aim to study regularly for a few hours each week however, in reality many working teachers have weeks when this is difficult and they use out-of-term time to catch up.

It is not our usual policy to allow teachers to enrol on more than one sustained course (TAM, TFM, TM, TS, TD) at the same time. Please contact us at [email protected] before making multiple course applications.

The TFM1 assignment is the only work that delegates hand in. To receive a certificate at the end of your TFM1 course you will need to submit and pass the TFM1 assignment. Certification is optional but we strongly encourage you to submit an assignment anyway to help you consolidate what you have learnt. In the past most teachers have chosen to submit an assignment.

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Key Facts

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Use of technology

Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:

2

Online sessions:

10

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £250

Queries?

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

Teacher Support Admin Team
[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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