Teaching Statistics 1 (TS1)


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.

The TS1 course scheduled for Autumn 2021 is now fully booked. If you would like to be notified when the course is next open for applications please complete this record of interest form.

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. 


  • 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.


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.


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:

Saturday 6 November 2021

09:30 to 15:30 


Central London 
Thursday 4 November 2021

10:00 to 16:00

Study day 2:

Saturday 15 January 2022

09:30 to 15:30


Central London 
Thursday 13 January 2022

10:00 to 16:00

Online sessions

Online sessions are conducted live and recordings are available for playback

Evening online tutorials (19:00-20:10) Study content
Thursday 16th September 2021 Introduction; Definitions of probability
Thursday 23rd September 2021 Conditional Probability
Thursday 7th October 2021 Sampling techniques
Thursday 21st October 2021 Using graphical summaries
Thursday 11th November 2021 Using numerical summaries
Thursday 25th November 2021 Bivariate data
Thursday 9th December 2021 Discrete probability distributions
Thursday 16th December 2021 Introduction to the binomial distribution
Thursday 6th January 2022 Introduction to the normal distribution
Thursday 20th January 2022 Applications of the normal distribution
Thursday 3rd February 2022 Hypothesis testing 1
Thursday 24th February 2022 Hypothesis testing 2

During March and April you will work toward completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 25 April 2022.

Unit certification: 30 May 2022 (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, PALM, 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

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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 study days in London or online

Next session:

Thu 16th Sep 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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