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.

TM1 consists of:

  • Nine live online tutorials, plus an optional extra session for complete beginners
  • Two compulsory 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.

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.


This course is free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools and colleges in England. For others the course fee is £300.

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

Study Schedule

Study days

We are offering a choice of virtual or face-to-face study days.

Please note that all arrangements are subject to public health guidelines. If there are travel restrictions in place face-to-face study days may be moved online. 

Study day 1:

Online (fully booked)
Saturday 6 November 2021

09:30 to 13:00


Central London 
Wednesday 17 November 2021

10:00 to 16:00

Study day 2:

Online (fully booked)
Saturday 22 January 2022

09:30 to 13:00


Central London 
Wednesday 26 January 2022

10:00 to 16:00

The face-to-face study days are longer as they include time to work with practical equipment. Teachers who attend the virtual study days will have the option of attending an additional practical day at the end of the course, which is planned to take place in Central London on Saturday 5th February. Further details will be provided at the start of the course.

Online sessions

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

Evening online tutorials (19:00-20:15) Study content
Thursday 23 September 2021 Kinematics in one dimension
Thursday 7 October 2021  Introduction to forces and Newton's laws
Thursday 14 October 2021 Optional session for complete beginners
Thursday 21 October 2021 Applications of forces and Newton's laws
Thursday 11 November 2021 Forces in two dimensions
Thursday 25 November 2021 Connected particles
Thursday 9 December 2021 Kinematics in two dimensions
Thursday 6 January 2022 Projectiles
Thursday 20 January 2022 Moments
Thursday 3 February 2022 Variable acceleration

Following the online sessions you will work towards completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 31 March 2022.

Unit certification: 31 March 2022 (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, PALM, 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

Mathematical focus:


Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:


Online sessions:





Online classroom and study days in London or online

Next session:

Thu 21st Oct 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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