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:

  • Ten live online tutorials, plus an optional extra session for complete beginners
  • Two compulsory study days
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources on Integral (MEI’s learning platform)
  • 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. This makes teachers 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 (for 2022-23 this is £200 per study day). Please note that priority areas will be updated for the 2022-23 academic year. If you are offered a place on this course and your school/college qualifies for a subsidy, we will confirm this in September.

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:

Coventry (University of Warwick)
Wednesday 9 November 2022


Central London
Saturday 12 November 2022

Study day 2:

Coventry (University of Warwick)
Thursday 26 January 2023


Central London 
Saturday 28 January 2023

Online sessions

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

Date Study content
Thu 15 Sep 2022 Introduction to mechanics and TM1
Thu 22 Sep 2022 Kinematics in one dimension
Thu 6 Oct 2022 Introduction to forces and Newton's laws
Thu 13 Oct 2022 Optional session for complete beginners
Thu 20 Oct 2022 Applications of forces and Newton's laws
Thu 3 Nov 2022 Forces in two dimensions
Thu 17 Nov 2022 Connected particles
Thu 1 Dec 2022 Projectiles
Thu 15 Dec 2022 Kinematics in two dimensions
Thu 5 Jan 2023 Moments
Thu 19 Jan 2023 Variable acceleration

Following the online sessions you will work towards completing an assignment. The deadline for this assignment is 21 April 2023.

Participant feedback

The whole course (online and face-to-face) is outstanding. All A level teachers should do this course.
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

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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 Coventry

Start date:

Thu 15th Sep 2022


Free for state-funded schools; £300 otherwise

Priority Area subsidy:

2 x £200


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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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