Coffee and Pi (Oxfordshire Teacher Network)

Everything you need to know about University Admissions Tests (with Alexandra Hewitt)


Coffee and Pi is a network meeting for teachers in Oxfordshire secondary schools as part of the Oxfordshire Mathematics Community. A post-16 group, funded by AMSP, meets half-termly, allowing teachers of Core Maths and of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics to meet, collaborate and to share best practice. The programme is planned in response to teacher requests and is a mixture of presentations and discussions. Additionally, an 11-16 group meets half-termly.


University admissions tests are no longer just for 'high-fliers' - all potential A grade students (as well as A* ones) will benefit from preparing for these exams. In this meeting we will take a tour of the different university admissions tests for mathematics, looking at a selection of problems from each and considering how to support all those students who might be considering studying mathematics-rich subjects at university.

Alexandra is a well-known and respected Maths educator. She is one of the team who deliver Problem Solving Workshops to Years 12 and 13 in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and is the AMSP Professional Development Lead for University Admissions Tests. So come along to find out everything you need to know for best advising your students.

The meeting will also be an opportunity to catch up with other teachers during these extraordinary times.

This meeting is suitable for any Maths teacher. It is primarily for teachers from Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire, but other teachers are welcome if there is space.

Materials and Equipment

The meeting will be on the Zoom platform. 

The link to the meeting will be emailed in the week before the meeting.

You are advised to use a headset or headphones with an inline microphone to provide the best sound quality and to prevent audio issues for other users. A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone may be sufficient if you’re in a quiet area but please take the time to check this before the session.

In order to fully participate in the meeting please be willing to use your camera and microphone, although if this is impossible the chat option will be available.

As part of our safeguarding procedures please note the following:
(i) It is important that you log in with the names you used when you registered for the meeting otherwise you may not be allowed into the room. If you prefer to use a shortened/alternative name, then do let us know via email in advance of the session.
(ii) You must not pass on any of the registration or Zoom meeting details to anyone else.

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests, A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving

Event format:

Network meeting

Event length:

2 hours




Thu 24th Jun 2021

Course times:

16:30 - 18:00


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Lesley Swarbrick
[email protected]
07590 075010

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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