Teaching Discrete Mathematics 1 (TD1)
Discrete maths features in all AS/A level Further Mathematics specifications, albeit under different titles:
- Discrete Mathematics - AQA and OCR A
- Decision Mathematics - Edexcel
- Modelling with Algorithms - OCR B (MEI)
Teaching Discrete Mathematics 1 (TD1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching this content, and covers the discrete maths material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications.
- nine live online tutorials
- two study days
- access to online teaching and learning resources
- email support from tutors and access to an online group forum
Towards the end of the course a short assignment is issued, for which support and guidance are provided. Course certificates will be available for those participants completing the assignment.
After TD1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TD2, which will further expand understanding of teaching discrete maths content.
- Gain a deep understanding of the application of algorithms to a wide range of problems
- Develop skills with using standard algorithms to solve optimisation problems
- Learn project planning processes which minimise overall costs and make the best use of available resources
- Develop confidence with incorporating practical work within maths teaching
- Link topics in discrete maths with other areas of maths
Who will benefit from attending?
TD1 is designed for A level Mathematics teachers who are new to teaching discrete/decision mathematics, or those that have previously taught D1 but wish to broaden and deepen their understanding.
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.
TD1 covers the discrete/decision mathematics content for AS/A level Further Mathematics. This includes the following topics:
- Graph Theory
- Algorithms on Networks
- Critical Path Analysis
- Linear Programming: Graphical
- Game Theory
- First Order Recurrence Relations
- Binary Operations
- Mathematical Preliminaries
These topics appear within the Further Mathematics specifications of the reformed Mathematics A levels for first teaching from September 2017.
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.
For TD1 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 TD1 is £300.
Schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a subsidy of £250 per study day.
Please note that the study schedule is provisional. The second study day may also be delivered online if necessary.
Study day 1 (9:00am to 1:00pm):
Study day 2 (10am to 4pm):
|Coventry||Centre for Teacher Education, Westwood Lecture Theatre, Kirby Corner Road, Westwood Campus, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8EE|||
Online sessions are conducted live and recordings are available for playback
|Evening online tutorials (19:00-20:15)||Study content|
|Thursday 8 October 2020||Course introduction|
|Thursday 15 October 2020||Graph Theory|
|Thursday 5 November 2020||Algorithms on Networks 1|
|Thursday 19 November 2020||Algorithms|
|Thursday 3 December 2020||Algorithms on Networks 2|
|Thursday 17 December 2020||Critical Path Analysis|
|Thursday 14 January 2021||Linear Programming|
|Thursday 28 January 2021||Allocation|
|Thursday 4 February 2021||Mathematical Preliminaries (optional)|
|Thursday 11 February 2021||First Order Recurrence Relations|
During March and April you will work toward completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 19 April 2021.
Unit certification: 30 June 2021 (or before)
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no requirement that applicants have taught A level Mathematics before undertaking TD1.
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 TD1 assignment is the only work that delegates hand in. To receive a certificate at the end of your TD1 course you will need to submit and pass the TD1 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.
A level Further Mathematics
Sustained Professional Development
Online classroom and study days in Coventry
Thu 5th Nov 2020
Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise
If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:
Teacher Support Admin Team
The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard