Preparing to teach A level Mathematics

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Overview

Preparing to teach A level Mathematics is an online sustained professional development course exploring the underlying principles of effective A level Mathematics teaching. It is designed to support those new to teaching AS/A level Mathematics to develop their teaching skills.

During the course, we will consider key topics from the pure maths content of AS/A level Mathematics and focus on the development of pedagogy in the A level classroom. Pedagogical themes such as questioning, multiple representations, use of technology and making connections between topics will be explored during the course.

Course features:

  • ten interactive online sessions focussed on developing effective pedagogy
  • in-depth reflection on your practice, achieved over a sustained six-month period
  • textbooks to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources

Aims

  • To understand the underlying principles of effective A level Mathematics teaching
  • To develop strategies for applying effective teaching approaches in your classroom

Who will benefit from attending?

The Preparing to teach A level Mathematics course supports teachers of GCSE Mathematics who wish to teach A level Mathematics for the first time. If you have experience of teaching A level Mathematics, you will benefit from the focus on the pedagogy of teaching A level.

Content

Participants on the Preparing to teach A level Mathematics course will be in groups of approximately 20 teachers who will work together for the duration of the course. Each group will have a specific course leader who will present the online sessions and be available for support throughout the course. The sessions will be fully interactive with the expectation that everyone will contribute verbally to discussions.

Materials and Equipment

A computer with a reliable internet connection will be required to access online sessions. In addition, a headset with microphone will enhance participation, both for contributing to discussions and for hearing those of others. We also encourage you to join with live video. A built-in webcam on a laptop, for example, is sufficient for this. 

Cost

The Preparing to teach A level Mathematics course is free of charge for teachers working in state-funded schools and colleges in England.  For others the course fee is £300.

State-funded schools and colleges located within Priority Areas are eligible to receive a subsidy of £500 to participate in the course. 

Study Schedule

Online sessions will last about 75 minutes and will take place roughly once a fortnight during term time. The course will commence in mid-October and last until April.

Upon application, you will be invited to choose a time of the week which suits you. We currently intend to offer the following groups:

Group A

Mondays

15:45-17:00

Group B

Fully booked

Mondays

19:00-20:15

Group C

Tuesdays

15:45-17:00

Group D

Fully booked

Tuesdays

18:15-19:30

Group E

Wednesdays

15:45-17:00

Group F

Fully booked

Wednesdays

19:00-20:15

Group G

Fully booked

Thursdays

18:45-20:00

Frequently Asked Questions

The primary focus of the course is to support teachers with developing their pedagogy and it is therefore not designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the AS/A level content. For fuller coverage of AS/A level subject knowledge please see our range of Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses. We also offer other sustained professional development courses to support teachers new to teaching statistics or mechanics content of A level Mathematics.

The course is primarily designed for teachers who require support with developing their pedagogy during their early experiences of teaching A level Mathematics. It will provide particular support for those teaching AS/A level Mathematics for the first time. The course is also suitable for GCSE teachers who are not currently teaching AS/A level Mathematics but are looking to do so in the near future.

Many course participants in the position described in the question would benefit from the course because of the opportunity the course provides to reflect on aspects of pedagogy and explore some of the mathematical connections which are developed at A level.

Preparing to teach A level Mathematics has been designed by our team of TAM Course Leads and draws on elements of that course. Teachers who have completed the TAM course should not do this course.

The key fixed commitment is the fortnightly online session which will last approximately 75 minutes, as well as any interim tasks, such as course readings, related to the sessions. 

In addition, we anticipate that participants would aim to spend a few hours each week developing their subject knowledge.  However, given the high demands on teachers, we recognise that there will be weeks when such additional time is not available, and out-of-term time will be used 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.

Course assignments are optional but we strongly encourage participants to take the opportunity to submit them to help consolidate their learning. There are two maths assignments covering the content of A level maths which are available as part of the course. They are based on exam-style questions and are available to be requested by the participant when they feel ready to tackle the assignment. Assignments are emailed out on the requested day and the participant then has seven days to complete the assignment before returning it in the post to the marker. The deadline for completion of the assignments will be approximately a year after the end of the course to give additional time for developing confidence in the subject knowledge.

Yes, a certificate of course participation is available. This certificate is dependent on the participant engaging fully in the online sessions and completing the two written maths assignments mentioned above.

Key Facts

Event ref:

#7649

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure

Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Online sessions:

10

Region:

National

Start date:

Mon 12th Oct 2020

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

£500

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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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