AS/A level Mathematics professional development

The AMSP provides a wide range of professional development for teachers of AS/A level Mathematics, offered in flexible formats to suit your needs and availability. Many of these opportunities are free and, in some cases, additional subsidies are available to enable more teachers to participate.

The range includes online and one-day face-to-face courses, and sustained courses comprising a series of study days and online support delivered over an extended period. 

Our 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. It is followed by details of the standard courses we offer.

Events Calendar

Sustained courses

Course length 6 months

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 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.

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.

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Course length 1 year

Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) is a sustained professional development course, designed to support the development of teaching skills and subject knowledge of teachers new to teaching AS/A level Mathematics.

TAM features:

  • eight course days, spread over 12 months, devoted to deepening subject knowledge, developing teaching approaches and reflecting on classroom practice
  • two formative lesson observations conducted by a subject specialist
  • textbooks to support your studies
  • access to online teaching and learning resources

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Course length 6 months

Teaching Statistics 1 (TS1) is a sustained professional development course for teachers wishing to build their confidence in teaching statistics. TS1 covers the statistics content from all major specifications for AS/A level Mathematics.

TS1 features:

  • 10-12 live online tutorials
  • two study days
  • a reference book 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.

After TS1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TS2, which will further expand understanding of statistics teaching.

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Face-to-face courses

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 te appropriate mathematics to solve it. This course is designed to help teachers develop key problem solving skills in their students. The course starts with ideas for developing general mathematical problem solving skills and shows how students who wish 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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Course length 1 day

Next Steps is an event for Heads of Sixth Form and Mathematics Teachers about supporting students with the transition to undergraduate study and 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 for university entrance. The number of these has risen in the past few years. Some are compulsory, 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.

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Course length 1 day

Admissions tests are being used by an increasing number of universities to identify students suitable for their undergraduate STEM degrees. Some of these examinations form part of the university offer and some can be used to lower A level offers on particular courses.

This professional development course looks at the three main admissions tests for undergraduate Mathematics degrees, the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations.

The course will also include materials suitable for use in general classes to develop students’ problem solving skills.

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Course length 1 day

 

  • Large Data Sets: how technology can be used to gain familiarity and teach statistical concepts
  • Practical Activities using the large data sets with GeoGebra and spreadsheets
  • Using the GeoGebra probability calculator in statistics lessons
  • Using the graphing and enhanced scientific calculators 
  • Sample assessment questions: how the use of technology impacts upon assessment

 

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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 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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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 eight 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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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 eight 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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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 12 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 five 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 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 4 "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 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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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 series of PD videos produced by the legacy Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP), which provides ideas for how overarching themes and technology can be incorporated into lessons for AS/A level Mathematics (and Further Mathematics)
  • the opportunities many Maths Hubs offer for engaging in Work Groups in areas such a Developing A level Pedagogy, and Embedding A level Technology. The AMSP works closely with the Maths Hubs, and this poster shows how the support provided by the two programmes complement each other. Visit the Maths Hub website to find details of your local Maths Hub and their Work Groups.

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.

If your school/college is involved in Initial Teacher Training, you might be interested to know that the AMSP is running day-long courses in twenty universities on aspects of teaching A level Mathematics for groups of trainee teachers. Contact us for details.