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.

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You can find these on our AS/A level Further Mathematics professional development page

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Events Calendar

Sustained courses

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 consists of:

  • 12 live online tutorials
  • Two compulsory study days
  • A reference book to support your studies
  • 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 TS1, participants have the opportunity to continue to TS2, which will further expand understanding of statistics teaching.

Between them, the TS1 and TS2 courses cover the majority of the content of A level Statistics. 

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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 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.

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Course length 12 months

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.

Features of the TAM course include:

  • Six course days, spread across an academic year, devoted to deepening subject knowledge, developing teaching approaches and reflecting on classroom practice
  • A formative lesson observation conducted by a subject specialist
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources on Integral (MEI’s learning platform)

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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 will next run in Autumn 2022, with applications expected to open in September 2022. If you wish to be informed when applications open, please complete our Register of Interest Form.

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Live Online Professional Development

Course length: One term, weekly sessions

LOPD | AS Maths: Pure Improvers is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the modelling of subject knowledge delivery including the use of technology and will focus on content from all major specifications for the AS pure element of the A level Mathematics. Examples of pedagogy will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches.

Course features:

  • Five online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions

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Course length 2.5 hours

This online 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.

The Next Steps for Your A Level Students course consists of two online sessions 3:30pm-6pm.  The dates will be 18th and 25th May 2022.

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Course length: One half term, weekly sessions

Key Stage 5 Coordinator Development is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the challenges of leadership in a maths department and will frequently tap into the experience of both tutors and participants. Examples of active learning in A level Maths and Further Maths and Core Maths will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches in a workshop discussion.

Course features:

  • Four online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions

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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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Course length: One term, weekly sessions

LOPD | AS Maths: Pure Absolute Beginners is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the modelling of subject knowledge delivery including the use of technology and will cover content from all major specifications for AS Mathematics. Examples of pedagogy will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches.

Course features:

  • 12 online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions.

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Course length: One term, weekly sessions

LOPD | AS and A level Maths: Statistics is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the modelling of subject knowledge delivery including the use of technology and will cover content from all major specifications for A level Mathematics. Examples of pedagogy will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches.

Course features:

  • Eight (seven + one optional) online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions

Any teacher currently based in a state-funded school or college who signs up for this course is encouraged also to apply for our free On Demand Professional Development course ODPD | A level Maths: Statistics top-ups which allows greater depth of study for this area of the course than we are able to provide in the live online environment, including an in-depth look at working with large data sets. 

The optional introdcutory session is intended for those teachers who are fully new to teaching Statistics but can be accessed by anyone participating in the course.

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Course length: One term, weekly sessions

LOPD | AS and A level Maths: Mechanics is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the modelling of subject knowledge delivery including the use of technology and will cover content from all major specifications for A level Mathematics. Examples of pedagogy will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches.

Course features:

  • Nine online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions

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Course length One term, weekly sessions

LOPD | A level Maths: Pure (Year 2) is a live online professional development course: the synchronous sessions will concentrate on the modelling of subject knowledge delivery including the use of technology and will cover content from all major specifications for A level Mathematics. Examples of pedagogy will be modelled by the tutors and participants will be encouraged to share their approaches.

Course features: 

  • 11 online sessions, approximately weekly, each up to 90 minutes long
  • Access to course-specific teaching and learning resources in our Integral online platform
  • A year of access to resources and recordings of the live sessions

Any teacher currently based in a state-funded school or college who signs up for this course is encouraged also to apply for our free On Demand Professional Development course On Demand | A level Maths: Pure top-ups which allows greater depth of study for the Numerical Methods and Vectors topics.

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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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On Demand Professional Development

This is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers offering the pure maths components of A level Maths. It is intended to complement our live online professional development course LOPD | A level Maths: Pure Year 2.

The course comprises two topics:

  • Numerical Methods for A level Maths
  • Vectors for A level Maths

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 is an On Demand Professional Development course designed to support teachers who will be offering the Statistics elements in A level Maths, including those using spreadsheets in their work with the large data set. 

The course comprises a network of 'pods', designed to complement our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) course AS and A level Maths: Statistics, 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, 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 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 prepare teachers to help their high-attaining students achieve an A* in A level Mathematics. The course is designed to complement Imperial College’s mA*ths programme, developed in partnership with MEI, which gives A level Mathematics students access to tailored online support alongside face-to-face masterclasses and study days. You can find out more about the programme via Imperial's website.

In partnership with Imperial College London

The course is in two parts; the first focuses on AS Mathematics, the content usually studied in Year 12, and the second focuses on A level Mathematics content usually studied in Year 13. Teachers are invited to enroll on either or both of these courses. 

In each unit of this online course, teachers will see pages titled: 

  • Spotlight on...
  • Differentiation
  • A challenging task
  • Unpicking a question (from Imperial’s accompanying student online course).

Each page includes a short video and some prompts for reflection. Participating teachers are required to interact and collaborate with each other and the course tutors via the online forums.

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 see when they have completed a section, a pod or the full course. The course is being made freely available for state-funded schools and colleges through the AMSP.

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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 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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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

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 so that students 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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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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Extended programmes run in partnership by Maths Hubs and the AMSP

These programmes are no longer recruiting for 2021/2022. To register your interest for 2022/2023 please contact your local Maths Hub.

Level 3 Maths Work Groups are extended professional development programmes, run in partnership by Maths Hubs and the AMSP. Each Work Group is an ongoing collaboration between teachers from local schools and colleges led by an expert in maths professional development.

Developing A level Pedagogy Work Groups provide national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to support Covid recovery, to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students, and the development of participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college.

Primary focus for 21/22: A level pedagogy to support Covid recovery

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You might also be interested in:

  • PD videos which provide ideas for how overarching themes and technology can be incorporated into lessons for AS/A level Mathematics (and Further Mathematics)
  • If your school/college is involved in Initial Teacher Training, we can provide focused one- or two-day sessions on aspects of teaching Core Maths for groups of trainee teachers. Find out more.

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.

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.