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
    KS5 NetworkEast Herts and West Essex network meetingNetwork meeting with a focus on 2017 further maths A level planning and deliveryEEHerts & Essex High School, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 5NJ 03 Jul 17 More info
    CPDNew approaches to teaching for the 2017 A level in mathematics This hands-on course is suitable for all teachers wanting to get to grips with the new 2017 A level in mathematics. The course will explore the opportunities offered by the new linear specifications and focus on some of the new topics within itSEChatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Ramsgate 04 Jul 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
    CPDPlanning for the new 2017 Further Maths CourseThis course is suitable for teachers who are responsible for the delivery of the AS/A level Further Maths content in Yr12 alongside teaching the AS/A level Maths contentNESTEM Centre, University of York05 Jul 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 is a repeat of the day at the IoE on 4th May. LondonKingston University (KT2 7LB)05 Jul 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkUCL Network MeetingPreparing for the 2017 Maths A-level: PROBLEM SOLVINGLondonUCL05 Jul 17 More info
    CPDNew Approaches to Teaching the New 2017 A levels in MathematicsThis BBO Hub 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.SEThe Grange School, Aylesbury06 Jul 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkPoole Maths Teacher NetworkOpportunity for bite-size professional development for teachers of KS4 and KS5 Maths. This session: Planning for September 2017 - where are we?SWPoole High06 Jul 17 More info
    CPDUsing technology in the 2017 Statistics classroomA comprehensive look at the use of technology in enhancing the learning of Statistics in the 2017 A level Mathematics course, offered at two venues in the South West.SWIvybridge Community College06 Jul 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkKS5 London Network Day***THIS DAY IS NOW FULL*** A 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
    CPDInteresting Ways to teach StatisticsThis one day course is aimed at teachers who are familiar with Statistics and who are looking for fresh teaching ideas. We will focus on the Statistics content of A level Mathematics from September 2017. THIS DAY IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. LondonTower Hamlets College11 Jul 17 More info
    CPDUpskilling for the 2017 Maths A Level: from M1 to MechanicsA half day course preparing M1 teachers for the compulsory mechanics content that is new to them. May be combined with corresponding S1 to Statistics session to form a one-day course.EEThetford Academy, Croxton Rd, Thetford IP24 1LH11 Jul 17 More info
    CPDUpskilling for the 2017 Maths A Level: from S1 to Statistics A half day course preparing S1 teachers for the compulsory statistics content that is new to them. May be combined with the corresponding M1 to Mechanics session to form a one-day course.EEThetford Academy, Croxton Rd, Thetford IP24 1LH11 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 Further Pure MathematicsA one day course to help prepare teachers who will be teaching the content from AS Further Maths for the first time in September 2017.EERegional Science Learning Centre, Bayfordbury Observatory, Bayfordbury, Hertford, SG13 8LD12 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
    CPDInteresting Ways to teach MechanicsThis one day course is aimed at teachers who are familiar with Mechanics and who are looking for fresh teaching ideas. We will focus on the Mechanics content of A level Mathematics from September 2017. BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. LondonTower Hamlets College14 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
    CPDIntroduction to Mechanics 2017A one day beginners’ course for teachers who are new to teaching mechanics. It will cover the key topics of motion and force which underpin the mechanics content in the new Maths AS/A Level.EECentre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge CB3 0WA18 Jul 17 More info
    CPDUse of technology in 2017 A-level, Geogebra Focus GLOW Maths workgroupThree sessions for teachers to discuss and share ideas about use of technology in 2017 Maths A-level (Geogebra focus). See flyer for further details.SWHardenhuish School, Chippenham19 Sep 17 More info
    CPDIntroduction to StatisticsA one day course covering the key topics of the new mathematics A level (from 2017). This course is an introduction to statistics at A level and assumes only knowledge of Higher Tier GCSE Data HandlingSEBeth's Grammar School28 Sep 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroomThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: KinematicsSWPlymouth University04 Oct 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroom - Focus: KinematicsThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: KinematicsSWKings Oak Academy, Bristol05 Oct 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroomThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: Forces and equilibriumSWPlymouth University18 Oct 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroom - Focus: Forces and equilibriumThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: Forces and equilibriumSWKings Oak Academy, Bristol19 Oct 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroomThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: Newton's laws and connected particlesSWPlymouth University08 Nov 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroom - Focus: Newton's laws and connected particlesThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: Newton's laws and connected particlesSWKings Oak Academy, Bristol09 Nov 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroomThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: Projectiles and momentsSWPlymouth University29 Nov 17 More info
    CPDTeaching Mechanics in the 2017 A Level classroom - Focus: Projectiles and momentsThis is a set of Mechanics courses which are ideal for all teachers who will be teaching the A Level Mathematics course from September 2017. They are particularly suitable for teachers who are new to teaching Mechanics, or who would like some fresh ideas on the introduction and development of topics. Focus: Projectiles and momentsSWKings Oak Academy, Bristol30 Nov 17 More info