Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1)


Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching mechanics. TM1 covers the mechanics 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.

TM1 features:

  • 9 live online tutorials
  • Two study days
  • 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 TM1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TM2, which will further expand understanding of mechanics teaching and cover the mechanics content from AS/A level Further Mathematics.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of the principles of mechanics
  • Develop skills with mathematical modelling and problem solving
  • Develop confidence with incorporating practical work into maths teaching
  • Improve subject knowledge and build on pedagogical skills
  • Link topics in mechanics with other areas of maths

Who will benefit from attending?

TM1 is designed for teachers who are currently teaching AS/A level 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.


TM1 covers the mechanics content for AS/A level Mathematics. This includes the following topics:

  • Kinematics in one dimension
  • Introduction to forces and Newton's laws
  • Applications of forces and Newton's laws
  • Forces in two dimensions
  • Connected particles
  • Kinematics in two dimensions
  • Projectiles
  • Moments
  • Variable acceleration

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.

Other Information

TM1 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.


For TM1 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 TM1 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 9:30am and 2:00pm.

Study day 1

Saturday 20 March 2021

Study day 2

Saturday 22 May 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 for practical work, so if it becomes possible we will also offer the option of additional face-to-face practical dates. We will let you know if we are able to do this closer to the time.

Online sessions

Online sessions are conducted live and recordings are available for playback.

Evening online tutorials (19:00-20:15) Study content
Thursday 14 January 2021 Kinematics in one dimension
Thursday 28 January 2021 Introduction to forces and Newton's laws
Tuesday 2 February 2021 Optional support session for complete beginners
Thursday 11 February 2021 Applications of forces and Newton's laws
Thursday 4 March 2021 Forces in two dimensions
Thursday 18 March 2021 Connected particles
Thursday 15 April 2021 Kinematics in two dimensions
Thursday 29 April 2021 Projectiles
Thursday 13 May 2020 Moments
Thursday 27 May 2020 Variable acceleration

Following the course you will work towards completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 31 August 2021.

Unit certification: 31 August 2021 (or before)

Participant feedback

I genuinely had a light bulb moment (or several) today! I'm buzzing...
...really enthused me to go away and DO some mechanics.
I was terrified by mechanics, but now I love it.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no requirement that applicants have taught A level Mathematics before undertaking TM1.

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 TM1 assignment is the only work that delegates hand in. To receive a certificate at the end of your TM1 course you will need to submit and pass the TM1 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

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

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Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:


Online sessions:





Online classroom and virtual study days

Next session:

Thu 18th Mar 2021


Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £250

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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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