Core Maths professional development

The AMSP provides support for Core Maths, including a wide range of flexible professional development. 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 Core Maths courses. It is followed by details of our standard courses.

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Events Calendar

Live Online Professional Development

Course length 1.5 hours

Core Maths Specification Networks are designed to provide you with the opportunity to discuss and share your experiences and develop your practice around the teaching of Core Maths with teachers who are following the same specification as you. Each network will be led by AMSP Core Maths champions with experience of teaching the specification your network is focussing on.

Existing members of the network will get priority access to subsequent meetings.

You will then be emailed the Zoom link each time the network runs. Each network will meet five times in the year (one instance will coincide with the publication of the pre-release source materials for your specification) and whilst we would encourage you to attend as many of these as possible, we understand that this may not be feasible on all occasions. 

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Our Core Maths Winter Festival is a series of talks by inspirational speakers, each designed to enthuse, challenge and enlighten you around a theme related to Core Maths. They offer a springboard to the creation of, even more, fantastic Core Maths lessons.

Our Core Maths Winter Festival will be open for booking in November 2021.

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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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Course length 1.5 hours

Our Getting Started with Core Maths webinar is aimed at schools and colleges who plan to offer the course in the future. If you are already teaching Core Maths we recommend you attend one of our Core Maths Specification Networks instead.

 The webinar will provide:

  • a comparison of the content of the different L3 Core Maths qualifications
  • ideas on how to promote the course to your students
  • possible approaches to timetabling
  • information on where to find resources-including how to access our free online Core Maths platform.

There will also be opportunities to ask questions you have about the course and to find out about our free, bespoke PD for your whole department.

We are running this event three times, in November, February and April so please choose the date that suits you best.

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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 covers the main topics which are common to all Core Maths specifications. Further topics to complete the content for each specification will be available soon via the On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) programme.

This course comprises of 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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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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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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Course length 14 hours

This event is being run in partnership with the Association for Science Education, as part of the ‘Mathematics for Biology Teachers’ project (MfBT), with support from the Department for Education.   

These free, online sessions are for biology teachers who wish to build their confidence in teaching the mathematical content of A Level Biology. The seven sessions will look at a range of content from key mathematical skills such as standard form, surface area and volume to statistical testing. During the sessions we will model approaches to teaching these topics and share ideas on how to engage your students in meaningful discussions about data in biology.

There will also be a joint session with other subjects, demonstrating the power of using the free software Desmos in teaching and the links between the Level 3 Core Maths course and other subjects.

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Course length 14 hours

This event is part of the Geography and Core Maths Initiative, which is being run in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) For further information and resources see www.rgs.org/geomaths.

These free, online sessions are for geography teachers who wish to build their confidence in teaching the mathematical content of A Level Geography. The seven sessions will look at a range of statistical content. During the sessions we will model approaches to teaching mathematical content and share ideas on how to engage students in meaningful discussions about data in geography.

The course will include a joint session with other subjects, demonstrating the power of using the free software Desmos in teaching and the links between the Level 3 Core Maths course and other subjects.

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Course length 9 hours

This event is being run in partnership with the Association for the Teaching of Psychology, as part of the ‘Maths in Psychology’ project, with support from the Department for Education.   

These free, online sessions are for psychology teachers who wish to build their confidence in teaching the mathematical content of A Level Psychology. The six sessions will look at a range of content from core mathematical skills such as standard form and percentages to statistical testing. During the sessions we will model approaches to teaching these topics and share ideas on how to engage your students in meaningful discussions about data in psychology.

The final session will be joint with other subjects, demonstrating the power of using the free software Desmos in teaching and the links between the Level 3 Core Maths course and other subjects.

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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

These On Demand Professional Development (ODPD) pods are designed to support teachers offering Core Maths or considering offering Core Maths, especially those who are using the Integral Core Maths platform and those teaching topics from Core Maths in other subject areas.

The course comprises a series of 'pods', designed to complement our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) course Core Maths common topics. When complete, this will provide teachers with professional development covering all aspects of the existing Core Maths qualifications.  

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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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

Maths Hub Work Groups will be recruiting soon for 2021/2022. For further information 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 Core Maths Pedagogy Work Groups are for experienced and developing teachers of Core Maths who are in at least their second year of teaching Core Maths. The Work Group focusses on collaborative discussion, planning, trialling ideas between sessions and evaluation.

Primary focus for 21/22: Core Maths pedagogy to support Covid recovery

These Work Groups give teachers opportunities, through collaboration and experimentation, to develop improved teaching approaches that support the open-ended problem-solving skills Core Maths students need to develop, and to share these with departmental colleagues. Participant departments will support the role of Core Maths in promoting contextualised problem-solving and links to teaching in other subject areas.

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This new programme will be recruiting soon for 2021/2022. For further information please contact your local Maths Hub.

These extended professional development programmes are run in partnership by Maths Hubs and the AMSP.

Primary focus: Core Maths pedagogy

The purpose of this programme is to support teachers, who are new to teaching Core Maths, in developing specialist knowledge for teaching Core Maths and to increase their confidence in teaching the course.

The programme has a primary focus on Core Maths subject knowledge and pedagogy and will be based on these six key themes which are common to all the Core Maths specifications:

  • Using contextualised problem-solving
  • Applying Fermi estimation and modelling
  • Developing critical analysis
  • Making sense of finance
  • Using the pre-release materials
  • Exploring statistics.

Technology and online teaching will be underlying themes throughout the programme.

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If your school/college is involved in Initial Teacher Training, you might be interested to know that 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.