Teaching Statistics 1 (TS1)

Overview

Teaching Statistics 1 (TS1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching statistics. TS1 covers the statistics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Mathematics.

As a precaution, and to ensure the safety of all participants, this course has been adapted for entirely online delivery. However, we do value the opportunities and networking experiences that result from face-to-face study days. As such, we’re keeping our approach under review. If it becomes appropriate and feasible to hold face-to-face study days during the course, we will offer you the choice of attending in this way, or to continue online.

TS1 features:

  • 12 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • a reference book to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from a tutor 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 TS1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TS2, which will further expand understanding of statistics teaching.

Taken togther TS1 and TS2 cover the majority of the content of A level Statistics. 

Aims

  • Gain a deep understanding of statistics as a problem-solving discipline
  • Develop statistical modelling skills
  • Develop confidence in working with real data using technology
  • Improve statistical subject knowledge
  • Build on existing pedagogical skills

Who will benefit from attending?

TS1 is designed for teachers who are currently teaching A level Mathematics or 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

TS1 covers the statistics content for AS/A level Mathematics. This includes the following topics:

  • Statistical sampling and using large data sets
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Summary statistics
  • Bivariate data
  • Probability
  • Statistical distributions
  • Statistical hypothesis testing

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.

Other Information

TS1 has a limited number of places but does run twice a year. If the course is full please complete this registration of interest form and you will be notified when it is next open for booking.

Cost

For TS1 autumn 2020 and spring 2021 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 TS1 is £300.

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

Study Schedule

Study days

Online study days will generally take place between 9:15am and 3:30pm.

Study day 1

Online
Saturday 24 April 2021

Study day 2

Online
Saturday 26 June 2021

Additional study day arrangements:

To take into account government restrictions and guidelines on safe working, this course has been adapted to run online with ‘virtual’ study days. However, we still value meeting face-to-face, so if it becomes possible we will also offer alternative face-to-face dates for study days. We will let you know if we are able to do this closer to the time, in which case you will be able to choose then between the online and face-to-face options.

Online sessions

Online sessions are conducted live and recordings are available for playback

Evening online tutorials (19:00-20:00) Study content
Wednesday 3 March 2021 Introduction; Definitions of probability
Wednesday 17 March 2021 Tree diagrams & venn diagrams
Wednesday 24 March 2021 Sampling techniques
Wednesday 28 April 2021 Using graphical summaries
Wednesday 5 May 2021 Using numerical summaries
Wednesday 19 May 2021 Bivariate data
Wednesday 26 May 2021 Discrete probability distributions
Wednesday 9 June 2021 Introduction to the binomial distribution
Wednesday 16 June 2021 Introduction to the normal distribution
Wednesday 30 June 2021 Applications of the normal distribution
Wednesday 7 July 2021 Hypothesis testing 1
Wednesday 14 July 2021 Hypothesis testing 2
Assignment:

During July and August you will work toward completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 31 August 2021.

Unit certification: 30 September 2021 (or before)

Participant feedback

The study day was fantastic. Really useful and time to try out and reflect on new skills.
Really enjoyable with lots of useful classroom applications.
Great sessions - good to get hands on with data sets!

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no requirement that applicants have taught A level Mathematics before undertaking TS1. A basic familiarity with the statistical content of GCSE is assumed.

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 TS1 assignment is the only work that delegates hand in. The assignment requires you to answer questions based around data sets and probability. Use of technology is encouraged and an explanation of how the topics could be introduced and taught in the classroom is expected. To receive a certificate at the end of your TS1 course you will need to submit and pass the TS1 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.

We vary face-to-face study day locations. Recently study day locations have included London, Coventry, Manchester or Leeds.

  

Key Facts

Event ref:

#7854

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Statistics

Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:

2

Online sessions:

12

Region:

National

Venue:

Online classroom and virtual study days

Start date:

Wed 3rd Mar 2021

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £250

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Teacher Support Admin Team
[email protected]
01225 716494

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