AS/A level Further Mathematics professional development

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Sustained courses

Course length 6 months

Teaching Statistics 2 (TS2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to further build their confidence in teaching statistics. TS2 covers most of the statistics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Further Mathematics.

TS2 features:

  • 12 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • a textbook 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.

In order to enrol on the TS2 course, participants should have a reasonable understanding of the statistics content of AS/A level Mathematics, ideally through having completed TS1 although this is not compulsory.

Taken togther TS1 and TS2 cover the majority of the content of A level Statistics. 

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Course length 6 months

The TM2 course starting in February 2021 is now fully booked. If you would like to be contacted should places become available, or be notified when the course is next open for booking, please complete this registration of interest form.

Teaching Mechanics 2 (TM2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching mechanics. TM2 covers the mechanics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Further Mathematics.

TM2 features:

  • 9 live online tutorials
  • Two 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.

In order to enrol on the TM2 course, participants should have a reasonable understanding of the mechanics content of AS/A level Mathematics, ideally through having completed TM1, though this is not compulsory.

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Course length 6 months

Teaching Further Mathematics 2 (TFM2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching A level Further Mathematics. It covers the pure material common to all A level Further Mathematics specifications. 

TFM2 features: 
• 10 live online tutorials
• two study days
• textbooks to support your studies
• access to online teaching and learning resources
• email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Participants will have the option to certificate by submitting an assignment at the end of the course.

TFM2 is the second unit of the TFM course. In order to enrol on the TFM2 unit, participants must have already completed the first unit, TFM1.

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Course length 6 months

Teaching Further Mathematics 1 (TFM1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to develop their own subject knowledge and classroom practice in teaching A level Further Mathematics. It covers at least the pure material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications.

TFM1 features:

  • 10 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • textbooks to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from a tutor and access to an online group forum

Participants will have the option to certificate by submitting an assignment at the end of the course.

Following completion of this course, participants will be eligible to study TFM2, which includes the remaining pure content common to all A level Further Mathematics specifications.

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Course length 6 months

Discrete maths features in all AS/A level Further Mathematics specifications, albeit under different titles:

  • Discrete Mathematics - AQA and OCR A
  • Decision Mathematics - Edexcel
  • Modelling with Algorithms - OCR B (MEI)

Teaching Discrete Mathematics 2 (TD2) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching discrete/decision mathematics. TD2 builds upon the topics studied in TD1 to cover the additional subject content required for A level Further Mathematics.

TD2 features:

  • eight live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from tutors 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.

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Course length 6 months

Discrete maths features in all AS/A level Further Mathematics specifications, albeit under different titles:

  • Discrete Mathematics - AQA and OCR A
  • Decision Mathematics - Edexcel
  • Modelling with Algorithms - OCR B (MEI)

Teaching Discrete Mathematics 1 (TD1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching this content, and covers the discrete maths material common to all AS level Further Mathematics specifications.

TD1 features:

  • nine live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • access to online teaching and learning resources
  • email support from tutors 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 TD1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TD2, which will further expand understanding of teaching discrete maths content.

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Live Online Professional Development

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 covers topics which are common to the AS Further Pure elements of specifications for AQA, Edexcel, MEI and OCR. Further topics to complete the content for each specification are available via the On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) course AS and A level Further Maths: compulsory Pure top-ups.

This course comprises nine online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered in a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

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The AMSP's 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 comprises four online sessions with an experienced tutor, each between 60 and 90 minutes in length and delivered to a small group of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion.

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On Demand Professional Development

This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking one of these fourth term university entrance tests. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises 11 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic 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, a pod or a full course.

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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 A level Maths classroom, but are designed for 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 A level 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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This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will work with students taking STEP papers. It will also be of interest to any teacher wishing to extend their problem solving skills or enrich their teaching of A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

The course comprises a series of 'pods', each covering either a specific method which features in these tests or an overarching concept.

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic 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, a pod or a full course.

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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 is a group of On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) pods designed to support teachers who will be offering the AS or full A level in Further Mathematics. 

The course comprises a network of 'pods', designed to complement our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) course AS Further Maths: Pure common topics, enabling teachers to access professional development covering all of the compulsory content for their awarding organisation's specification. 

In each pod, teachers will see short videos guiding them through the ideas of the topic 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 a pod.

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This is a group of On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) pods designed to support teachers who will be offering the Discrete, Decision or Modelling with Algorithms content of AS or A level Further Mathematics. 

The course will comprise a series of 'pods', forming the building blocks of each of the main specifications for this course component. When complete, this will provide teachers with professional development covering all common aspects of the Discrete, Decision or Modelling with Algorithms courses.  

In each pod, teachers will experience a variety of content including:

  • short videos explaining the ideas behind the topic
  • 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; 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 a pod.

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Face-to-face courses

Course length 1 day

This one-day course supports teachers in understanding how best to assist their students with the transition to undergraduate study, and how to prepare them for the mathematical expectations of university admissions tests.

What are the mathematical expectations of universities for students starting their courses? Mathematical skills are important for many undergraduate degree schemes. This course will explain what indications of mathematical ability universities are looking for when they receive a UCAS application. It will also give up-to-date information about admissions tests. The number of entry exams required by universities has risen in the past few years. Some are compulsory, while some simply reduce entrance requirements. There are 11 admissions tests that have mathematical content and these are for a variety of subjects. This course will explain what support students will need in school and where else they can access support to ensure that they gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed.

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Course length 1 day

Problem solving is one of the overarching themes of the A level specifications. Students need to be able to analyse a problem, break it down into its constituent parts and select the appropriate mathematics to solve it. This course is designed to help teachers develop key problem-solving skills in all of their students, and will show how the embedding of problem-solving materials contributes towards the ambition and intent of the department's A level curriculum. The course starts with ideas for developing general mathematical problem-solving skills and shows how students who wish to push themselves can develop those skills, so that they have the opportunity to apply for universities where an admissions test is required or a university where a good score in an admissions test can lead to a lower offer. 

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Conferences

Course length 1 day

One-day professional development conferences, designed to support teachers of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

For 2021 our Problem Solving Conference has merged with our annual Further Mathematics Conference. To find out more and book a place please visit the Further Mathematics Conference page.

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Course length 3 days

For 2021 our popular annual Further Mathematics Conference has moved online. This year it has also merged with our Problem Solving Conference, in recognition of the significant overlap in supporting students with AS and A level Further Mathematics and preparation for university admissions tests. 

A choice of ten live sessions will be offered across three days: Saturday 27 February, Wednesday 3 March and Saturday 6 March 2021. The live sessions on Wednesday 3 March provide a second chance to attend the sessions offered on Saturday 27 February. Registered delegates will be able to compile their own programme from across all three dates and will also have access to recordings of all sessions.
 
You only need to apply once to attend sessions on one or more of the days. You will be able to register to attend individual sessions nearer the time.
 

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You might also be interested in:

  • Teacher Network meetings organised by our local Area Coordinators, which focus on sharing good practice, professional development and promoting developments in teaching and learning
  • the resources from Further Mathematics Conference 2020 - during Spring term 2020, the AMSP held one-day professional development and networking conferences, dedicated to the teaching of AS and A level Further Mathematics. You can download the session materials, as well as view some sessions as a video presentation.
  • PD videos which provide ideas for how overarching themes and technology can be incorporated into AS/A level Further Mathematics lessons

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.