Reasoning in the GCSE classroom

Online series


Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course comprises four online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered to a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

There is evidence to suggest that while problem solving and fluency is improving at GCSE, students still find reasoning difficult. This course focuses on the development of reasoning from KS2 through to GCSE. It provides strategies and ideas for teachers to use immediately in their classrooms to develop the skills of all of their students. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

This course mirrors part of the suite of Raising Confidence courses aimed at teachers of GCSE mathematics. Participants will meet similar ideas as on the face to face courses, but with different activities and resources which can be used with students and shared with colleagues.


  • To share ideas and strategies for developing reasoning within your mathematics curriculum for all of your students
  • To provide support in developing your professional practice and that of departmental colleagues

Who will benefit from attending?

Teachers who wish to improve their teaching of GCSE maths and/or the skills of their students, especially those hoping to raise student aspiration to study Maths beyond GCSE.


Recent changes to the GCSE have given greater prominence to reasoning in secondary education.

Reasoning in the GCSE classroom provides strategies and resources for teachers to use in the classroom with GCSE maths students, with the objective of increasing the number of students that decide to choose maths beyond GCSE.

Materials and Equipment

You will need access to a good internet connection, using Chrome or Firefox as a browser. You will need a headset with a microphone to engage with the live sessions and most courses also require a means of sharing handwritten maths, such as a mini-whiteboard and webcam, a visualiser or a graphics tablet. Full details of how to set these up can be found on our online classroom support page

Other Information

The order of topics may be subject to change.


All teachers are eligible for this course, however free places are available only to teachers in state-funded schools, colleges and academies in England. Applications for free places will be checked to verify eligibility.

Teachers must ensure that they are able to attend the live sessions before applying for a place as our courses are subject to very high demand: please do not apply for a place if you will not be able to attend at least a majority of sessions. Further instances of our courses will be added to meet demand; if you are not able to attend a majority of the sessions in this course, you might like to consider completing our register of interest form (this is NOT an application form) and letting us know when would be better for you. 


This course is free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools, colleges and academies in England, otherwise the fee is £95.

Study Schedule

Date Session content
Tue 19 Jan When do students begin to reason?
Looking at the experience of primary school students and exploring how we can build on this at secondary school.
Tue 26 Jan Reasoning at GCSE
Looking at how reasoning is examined at GCSE and how we can engage students in the process.
Tue 02 Feb Further Reasoning
In this session participants will take part in reasoning activities, considering the different skills required and how these can be developed in students.
Tue 09 Feb Generic Activities
Exploring how simple activities can be used to develop reasoning skills.

This schedule may be subject to change.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

11-16 maths

Mathematical focus:

Leadership, Curriculum planning, Reasoning

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Online sessions:




Start date:

Tue 19th Jan 2021

Course times:

17:30 - 19:00


Free for state-funded schools; £95 otherwise

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The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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