GCSE maths professional development

The AMSP offers professional development for teachers of maths at Key Stages 3 and 4. These opportunities are often free and, in some cases, additional subsidies are available to enable more teachers to participate.

The Teacher Events Calendar below provides details of all of our professional development events, including a range of opportunities designed and delivered according to local need by our local Area Coordinators, such as one-day Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics courses. It is followed by details of our standard courses.

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Sustained courses

Course length 6 months

The best heads of departments inspire through passionate teaching. They also genuinely care about developing the team they lead and are able to maintain a wider perspective on students' educational experiences as a whole. This sustained professional development course is suitable for any new or aspiring head of mathematics who wishes to reflect upon this demanding role and learn strategies to increase their own effectiveness.

This course is now fully booked.  If you wish to be informed of future New and Aspiring Heads of Maths courses, please complete our Register of Interest Form

 

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Live Online Professional Development

Course length 6 hours

Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way.

LOPD courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate online in real time. The courses aim both to cover subject content common to all current specifications and to facilitate the exchange of teaching ideas. Rather than attending a one or two day course away from school or college, participants will use the internet to meet weekly online.

This course is designed to provide a sound foundation for teachers wishing to begin professional development to teach Core Maths. It comprises four topics which appear in the Higher level GCSE Mathematics course and in early Level 3 maths courses: these topics have been chosen because they present an opportunity to secure a solid and flexible understanding which can then be relied on in further study. 

We would strongly recommend this course for teachers who have not delivered Higher level GCSE Mathematics or above or those who feel that they need to review and consolidate the topics before training to offer Core Maths. It is designed as a foundation for our LOPD course Core Maths common topics.

This course comprises four online sessions with an experienced tutor, each up to 90 minutes in length and delivered in a small group of teachers, allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

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Course length 4 hours

Have you used other peoples' Desmos activities and wondered "How did they do that"? Have you used activities but wanted to know how to make the screens even more interactive? This is all possible using the computation layer in Desmos. 

Computation layer (CL) is a scripting language that will help you to create better opportunities for meaningful feedback within your activities. In this two-session short course we will:

  • Introduce the basics of this language and demonstrate how easy it is to view and edit existing code. 
  • Demonstrate how to use computation layer to create activties that offer students feedback to develops their mathematical thinking.

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Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses form a programme of innovative online courses, designed to enable teachers to develop their teaching with confidence in a convenient, stress-free way. Our courses are delivered using a browser-based online classroom that allows participants to collaborate in real time. 

This course comprises eight online sessions with a experienced tutors, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered to a small group of teachers to encourage interaction and discussion.

We will focus on supporting teachers who are developing their students' mathematical thinking skills, particularly as they introduce higher tier topics that are vital for students who may go on to study Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics. The course develops strategies and ideas for taking a piece of mathematics and extending it, exploring the connections which deepen understanding and develop fluency, and which can be used immediately in the classroom. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

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Course length 9 hours

Unlock the power of Desmos in your classroom ...

"The course was BRILLIANT - I had no idea how much more I would easily be able to do on Desmos." - Course attendee

Desmos is a free suite of online mathematics tools. Two big highlights of this suite are the graphing software and the activities. Desmos Activities offer highly engaging ways to interact with students both face to face and remotely. In this course we will look at how the effective use of Desmos can help to deepen students’ understanding of mathematics at both GCSE and A level.

This series of sessions will support you with learning how to use the graphing calculator, the extensive set of pre-made activities and how to create or personalise your own activities.

Desmos is a very easy-to-use tool that will help you to integrate the use of technology into both your GCSE and A level mathematics lessons. This course will take you from a complete introduction to advanced techniques with bite-sized regular sessions.

"Excellent explanations of the required skills and time to practice them. Well planned activities and access to amazing resources" - Course attendee

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On Demand Professional Development

This On Demand Professional Development course is designed to support teachers with using Desmos across a wide range of contexts in the Mathematics classroom. The course covers a variety of skills ranging from how to use Desmos to graph simple equations to how to build classroom activities. The methods shown include some features that are particularly applicable in the GCSE and A level Maths classroom but all skills are taught with the aim of equipping teachers with a toolbox of methods that can be used to illuminate a wide range of the mathematics curriculum.

The course comprises five 'pods', each covering an element of Desmos' functionality. In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the methods, using examples from GCSE and A level Mathematics, along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers who enrol on this course will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with each other via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers teachers complete flexibility in terms of managing their own study schedule. The materials can be worked on day or night over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section or the full pod.

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This On Demand Professional Development course is designed to support teachers with using GeoGebra across a wide range of contexts in the Mathematics classroom. The methods are particularly applicable in the GCSE Mathematics classroom, but are designed as a toolbox of methods which can be used to illuminate a much wider range of maths.

The course comprises four 'pods', each covering an element of GeoGebra's functionality. In each pod, teachers will see short videos or walkthroughs guiding them through the methods, using examples from GCSE Mathematics study, along with practice materials, triggers for reflection and suggestions for further study. Teachers will be encouraged to interact and collaborate with others studying the same material via the online forums. An expert tutor will be monitoring the forums and will respond to queries.

The course offers total flexibility regarding when teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and to see when they have completed a section or the full pod.

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Face-to-face courses

Course length 1 day

GCSE Mathematics is more demanding than ever, with new Higher Tier content supporting a national drive to increase the number of students studying maths post-16.

This day follows the development of quadratics from Key Stage 3 to A level Mathematics, considering a range of ideas whilst also reflecting on the teaching and consider the 'big picture' of each topic within the wider curriculum. It forms part of our Discover Maths for New Teachers of GCSE suite of courses, aimed at supporting teachers’ own understanding of key Higher Tier topics, so that they can confidently lead their students through GCSE into studying post-16 maths.

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Course length 1 day

GCSE Mathematics is more demanding than ever, with new Higher Tier content supporting a national drive to increase the number of students studying maths post-16.

This day follows the development of trigonometry from Key Stage 3 to A level Mathematics, considering a range of ideas whilst also reflecting on the teaching and consider the 'big picture' of each topic within the wider curriculum. It forms part of our Discover Maths for New Teachers of GCSE suite of courses, aimed at supporting teachers’ own understanding of key Higher Tier topics, so that they can confidently lead their students through GCSE into studying post-16 maths.

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Course length 1 day

This one-day course focuses on increasing classroom confidence with GCSE topics that are vital for students continuing into Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics study. It develops strategies and ideas for taking a piece of mathematics and extending it, exploring the sort of connections that deepen understanding, develop fluency and can be used immediately in their classrooms to support all students. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

Feedback from previous courses:

'Very thought-provoking'

'I really enjoyed the modelling and how they would narrate as they were thinking through the question.'

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Course length 1 day

This one-day course focuses on the development of problem solving through GCSE maths. It looks at how different areas of the GCSE curriculum can be connected through using well written problems and at how you can encourage your students to become creative problem solvers. It provides strategies and ideas for teachers to use immediately in their classrooms to develop the skills of all of their students. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

Feedback from previous courses:

'Very thought-provoking'

'I really enjoyed the modelling and how they would narrate as they were thinking through the question.'  

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Course length 1 day

There is evidence to suggest that while problem solving and fluency is improving at GCSE, students still find reasoning difficult. This one-day course focuses on the development of reasoning from KS2 through to GCSE. It provides strategies and ideas for teachers to use immediately in their classrooms to develop the skills of all of their students. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

Feedback from previous courses:

'Very thought-provoking'

'I really enjoyed the modelling and how they would narrate as they were thinking through the question.'

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Course length 1 day

This one-day course focuses on developing technology skills for secondary education teachers. It provides strategies and ideas for teachers to use immediately in their classrooms to develop the skills of their students. There will be opportunities to consider how these concepts and resources could be embedded in professional practice and contribute towards the ambition and intent of the department's curriculum.

Feedback from previous courses:

'Great for visual learners!'

'It will improve motivation in topics that some students struggle with.'

'I'll be using this technology to enhance the learning of my students and to make my lessons even more interactive and engaging!'

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Conferences

Course length 1 day

A free one-day professional development conference, designed for teachers of GCSE maths. A key part of the new GCSE is linking across different areas of the curriculum. Making Connections aims to share ideas and strategies to support teachers in developing their students' cross-subject skills.

The conference covers content that is relevant to all GCSE specifications. 

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Teacher Network Meetings

Our Teacher Network meetings are organised around the country by our local Area Coordinators. They focus on sharing good practice, professional development and promoting developments in teaching and learning.

Meetings usually take place once each term after school and the agenda for each meeting is set by the network members. Joining one of these networks can be a great way to get to know other mathematics teachers in your region and share ideas. It also give members the chance to request input on particular curriculum areas or educational developments which can be provided by inviting expert speakers to present at a meeting.

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Details of all of our professional development courses are available on our Events listing. If you have a particular need and you cannot find something suitable there, please contact your local AMSP Area Coordinator who will be able to advise you. Alternatively, please complete this expression of interest form to advise us of the type of professional development that interests you. The detail you provide will be used to alert you if professional development which matches your need is made available.