2017 A level Mathematics: Professional Development

The FMSP will be providing a range of professional development courses and events to support teachers preparing for and teaching the new linear specifications

Preparing to teach the linear A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses

The FMSP is providing a national programme of free one-day courses on planning and preparing for the new A levels. These days cover:

  • the big ideas and themes that run through the new specifications such as problem solving and use of technology
  • how to plan a scheme of work for a linear A Level, including consideration of dependencies and prior knowledge
  • ways to teach Further Mathematics alongside the A Level Mathematics
  • conducting a departmental skills audit and deciding on CPD priorities
  • finding the best resources and support for teaching the new specifications
  • Details of the dates and venues of these event are given below. We advise all Heads of Department or Key Stage 5 Coordinator to attend one of these courses.

    Developing subject knowledge

    Your FMSP Area Coordinator organises local A level subject knowledge courses for Mathematics and Further Mathematics content. These will continue to ensure that teachers are prepared for teaching the content in the new A levels.

    Details of CPD events and Teacher Network meetings focusing on the new A levels are given in the table below. Details of all events taking place in your area can be found on the relevant regional page together with the contact details of your local FMSP Area Coordinator.

    Live online professional development

    If you are unable to attend a course in your region, the innovative Live Online Professional Development programme offers courses to address the subject knowledge needs of your department.

    Extended courses

    The FMSP offers a range of extended professional development courses which are designed to develop subject knowledge and classroom practice.

    • Teaching Mechanics (TM) has been developed with the new A level specifications in mind. TM1 covers the compulsory mechanics content in A level Mathematics and TM2 covers topics in Further Mathematics.
    • Teaching Statistics (TS) includes the use of large data sets, hypothesis testing and use of technology. TS1 covers the compulsory statistics content in A level Mathematics and TS2 covers topics in Further Mathematics.
    • Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM) , from 2017, will cover all of the compulsory Pure Mathematics content for the new AS level and A level Further Mathematics specifications.
    • Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM) , from 2017, will cover the all of the compulsory Pure Mathematics content for the new A level Mathematics specifications.

    Other Professional Development

    MEI is planning a programme of CPD courses. Each course is appropriate for teaching any of the new AS/A level Mathematics specifications.

    At the end of June 2016, the MEI Conference at the University of Bath will have a particular focus on the new A levels. In addition to sessions on various aspects of the changes, there will be plenty of opportunities to talk through any concerns with fellow teachers, FMSP and MEI staff.

    Planning for the 2017 Maths A levels

    The FMSP is offering a series of one-day courses giving information, advice and guidance to help prepare and plan for teaching the new linear A level. Each state funded school/college can send up 2 teachers. To register for one of these courses please fill in the online booking form

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    Other Teacher Events about the 2017 A levels

    Type of event Title Description Region Venue Start date Info file
    CPDPreparing to teach mechanicsA one day course for teachers preparing to teach the mechanics content of the new A level mathematics from September 2017WMWatson Building, University of Birmingham04 Apr 17 More info
    CPDUsing GeoGebra in teaching the new A level Mathematics Half day course exploring using GeoGebra in teaching the new A level Mathematics (from 2017). EEUniversity of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield. AL10 9AB 04 Apr 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkLarge Data Sets in the 2017 A levelThis twilight session, running 4.15 - 5.45, will look at the large data sets within the new Mathematics A level. LondonRutlish School, London SW20 9AD20 Apr 17 More info
    CPDUsing GeoGebra in teaching the new A level MathematicsFree workgroup exploring the use of GeoGebra in teaching the new A level Mathematics (from 2017).EECambourne Village College, Sheepfold Lane, CB23 6FR20 Apr 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkWest Kent Teacher NetworkTeacher network meeting to discuss some of the challenges related to the large data sets and statistics content in the 2017 A-levelSEWeald of Kent Grammar School20 Apr 17 More info
    CPDPreparing for the 2017 A Level: Writing a Scheme of Work****THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL**** This is a one-day workshop to help kick-start the process of wring a Scheme of Work for the new 2017 A-Level mathematics specifications.LondonValentines High School24 Apr 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkTechnology in the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester24 Apr 17  
    CPDAS Mechanics Content for 2017 CoursePreparation for the 2017 A-Level Mechanics contentEMPriory LSST25 Apr 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkNorth Kent Network MeetingThe new 2017 A-level specifies that ‘the use of technology should permeate the study of A-level mathematics’. In this network meeting, we will be trying out some resources and looking at what impact this might have in your own classrooms.SEGravesend Grammar School25 Apr 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics for the First TimeThis one day course will give an overview of the compulsory Mechanics in the 2017 A level Mathematics and is designed for those teachers who have not taught Mechanics before. THIS DAY IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. LondonUCL Institute of Education26 Apr 17 More info
    CPDUse of Technology in the 2017 Maths A-level This is a one-day course exploring use of technology in teaching the new 2017 Maths A-level. Interactive hands-on sessions are designed to share techniques for integrating Graphics Display Calculators and Geogebra in graphing, calculus and large data sets. We will also look at new Integral resources which support the use of technology in the new A levels. Delegates are required to provide their own laptop with the latest version of GeoGebra installed.LondonSt Marylebone CE School28 Apr 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkCornwall Teachers' NetworkOpportunity for bite-size professional development for teachers of KS4 and KS5 Maths. Topic for this session: Mechanics in the 2017 A levelSWTruro College02 May 17 More info
    CPDAS & A Level Mechanics for 2017Online course, May-Jul, 16:30LOPDOnline classroom03 May 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkBristol Post 16 Maths NetworkTwilight session on Problem Solving in the 2017 A-levelSWBristol Brunel Academy03 May 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkPlymouth Teachers' NetworkOpportunity for bite-size professional development for teachers of KS4 and KS5 Maths. Topic for this session: Mechanics in the 2017 A levelSWPlymouth University03 May 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Statistics for the First TimeThis one day course will give an overview of the compulsory Statistics in the 2017 A level Mathematics and is designed for those teachers who have not taught Statistics before. THIS DAY IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.LondonUCL Institute of Education04 May 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkExeter Teachers' NetworkOpportunity for bite-size professional development for teachers of KS4 and KS5 Maths. Topic for this session: Mechanics in the 2017 A levelSWExeter Mathematics School10 May 17 More info
    CPDUse of Technology in the New A LevelA one day course for teachers preparing to teach the new A level mathematics specifications from September 2017. Please see the flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.WMUniversity of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY10 May 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkChippenham Maths Teacher NetworkTwilight session on Problem Solving in the 2017 A-levelSWHardenhuish School11 May 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkPreparing for the New Mathematics A Levels – Use of TechnologyThe new 2017 A-level specifies that ‘the use of technology, in particular mathematical and statistical graphing tools and spreadsheets, must permeate the study of AS and A level mathematics’. We will be looking at the impact that this stipulation might have on your classroom practice and at opportunities to embed the use of graphic calculators, dynamic geometry and curve sketching software into your teaching.SECanterbury Academy, CT2 8QA11 May 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkStatistics and Large Data sets for the 2017 A LevelaNWUniversity of Manchester15 May 17  
    CPDNew Approaches to Teaching the New 2017 A levels in MathematicsThis afternoon course will offer a range of ideas for addressing the Overarching Themes of the new A level specifications. Sessions will look at making links between Mechanics and Pure, teaching without a text book, and making effective use of the Large Data Set in teaching Statistical content.SEDenbigh School, Milton Keynes18 May 17 More info
    CPDAS & A Level Statistics for 2017Online course, May-Jun, 16:30LOPDOnline classroom22 May 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkFurther Maths in the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester22 May 17  
    CPDContent of the new AS Mathematics Course (Mechanics)2017 A-Level CPDEMBourne Academy23 May 17 More info
    CPDAS Pure Mathematics for 2017Online course, Jun-Jul, 16:30LOPDOnline classroom06 Jun 17 More info
    CPDIntroduction to AS Further PureThis 1-day course will address the key compulsory topics in the new 2017 AS level in Further Mathematics, which are common to all or most specifications. Use of technology and problem solving approaches will be included. No prior knowledge of Further Mathematics is required (although confidence with current A level mathematics content will be assumed).SELord Williams's Lower School, Thame12 Jun 17 More info
    CPDIntroduction to StatisticsA one day course covering the key statistics topics in the new Mathematics A levels from 2017. This is an introduction to statistics at A level and no prior knowledge beyond GCSE is required.SEDesborough College, Maidenhead16 Jun 17 More info
    CPDPreparing to teach MechanicsA one day course for teachers preparing to teach the mechanics content of the new A level mathematics from September 2017. Please see the flyer for further information and a link to the on-line booking form. WMUniversity of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY23 Jun 17 More info
    CPDPlanning for the New 2017 Further Maths Course CPDThe course is suitable for teachers who are responsible for the delivery of AS/A level Further Maths content to students in year 12, alongside teaching them AS/A level Maths content. YHSTEM Centre, University of York05 Jul 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkKS5 London Network DayA return of the annual London KS5 Teachers Network. This year the theme is ‘A Brave New World…’ and will include sessions on dealing with the large data set in the new 2017 A Level, supporting the transition from GCSE to A Level and Further Maths in a decoupled A Level. Not to be missed!LondonLondon Metropolitan University07 Jul 17 More info
    CPDTechnology for the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester07 Jul 17 More info
    CPDPreparing to Teach StatisticsA one day course for teachers preparing to teach the statistics content of the new A level mathematics from September 2017WMUniversity of Wolverhampton10 Jul 17 More info
    CPDAn Introduction to teaching first year 2017 Maths A two day course focusing on increasing subject knowledge and providing ideas and resources for teaching first year A level MathematicsYHLongcroft School, Beverley12 Jul 17 More info
    CPDIntroduction to StatisticsA one day course covering the key statistics topics in the new Mathematics A levels from 2017. This is an introduction to statistics at A level and no prior knowledge beyond GCSE is required.SELangley Grammar School12 Jul 17 More info
    CPDTeaching A level for Beginners (for New 2017 Specs)This CPD event is intended to help teachers who are NEW to teaching A level Maths or those with very limited (only one or two years) experience. Please see flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.WMKeele Hub for Sustainability, Keele University14 Jul 17 More info