Teaching Mechanics 1 (TM1)

Overview

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.

Aims

  • 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.

Content

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.

Cost

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

Study days are face-to-face events that take place from 10:00 to 16:00, with lunch and refreshments provided. Attendance at both days is expected.

Please note that although it is our intention to run these study days face-to-face, all events are subject to government restrictions and may be moved online if required. We therefore advise against making non-cancellable travel arrangements.

Study day 1:

Central Manchester
Saturday 12 March 2022

or

Central London 
Wednesday 16 March 2022

Study day 2:

Central London
Wednesday 8 June 2022

or

Central Manchester 
Saturday 11 June 2022

 
Online sessions

Online sessions take place from 19:00 to 20:15. They are conducted live and recordings are available for playback.

Date Topic
Thu 13 Jan 2022 Kinematics in one dimension
Thu 27 Jan 2022 Introduction to forces and Newton's laws
Tue 1 Feb 2022 Optional session for complete beginners
Thu 10 Feb 2022 Applications of forces and Newton's laws
Thu 3 Mar 2022 Forces in two dimensions
Thu 24 Mar 2022 Connected particles
Thu 28 Apr 2022 Kinematics in two dimensions
Thu 12 May 2022 Projectiles
Thu 26 May 2022 Moments
Thu 16 Jun 2022 Variable acceleration
Assignment:

During the summer you will work towards completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 9 September 2022.

Participant feedback

I genuinely had a light bulb moment (or several) today! I'm buzzing...
I was terrified by mechanics, but now I love it.
The best CPD I have had in over 30 years of teaching.

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

Event ref:

#8813

Audience:

Teachers

Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Mechanics

Event format:

Sustained Professional Development

Event length:

6 months

Study days:

2

Online sessions:

9

Region:

National

Venue:

Online classroom and study days in London or Manchester

Start date:

Thu 13th Jan 2022

Fee:

Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £250

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Queries?

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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