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How can the AMSP help?

If your school or college doesn’t currently offer Core Maths the AMSP can provide you with a wide range of support to help you to establish it on your timetable and promote it to students and their parents or carers. We can help with:

  • a flexible range of courses to develop the pedagogy and subject knowledge to teach Core Maths effectively
  • resources for teaching and learning Core Maths
  • information and materials to help you to explain to students and their parents/carers what Core Maths is, and the benefits of taking it

The AMSP can also offer tailored advice and guidance from our Core Maths Specialist Leads and Core Maths Advocates:

95% of schools and colleges that have offered Core Maths
have engaged with AMSP Professional Development

Why offer Core Maths?

The most important reasons are the benefits for your students. Ideally, all 16-19 year-olds with GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above should have the opportunity to study maths beyond GCSE.

Core Maths can help your school/college to retain and attract students. It is growing in popularity – more schools and colleges are offering it and more students want the opportunity to take it.

There are possible financial benefits for your school/college. On 13 February 2024, the Government announced that there will be additional funding of £900 for each Level 3 Core Maths student. This will be available for one year per student.

Core Maths also contributes to performance measures – featuring in both the level 3 maths measure in 16-19 performance measures, and in the Technical Baccalaureate performance measures.

Some universities have shown their recognition of Core Maths, by giving reduced offers for admissions to some of their degree courses. These universities recognise the benefits students gain from studying Core Maths, which will not only support their university studies, but also their future careers and employment.

Case studies

The AMSP have published case studies that explore what schools and colleges have done to increase participation in Level 3 maths through the introduction of Core Maths.

Strategies for offering Core Maths

Core Maths can be offered alongside A levels and T-levels or other vocational courses.

If your maths department lacks experience of teaching Core Maths, there are professional development opportunities, including AMSP Maths Hub Work Groups, to help develop this.

If you do not have enough maths teachers, consider developing a non-specialist – the skills used to teach other subjects, such as facilitating discussion, can be very useful for Core Maths.

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