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 2018, the MEI Conference has 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.

    Teacher Events about the 2017 A levels

    Type of event Title Description Region Venue Start date Info file
    CPD*2017 AS&A level Maths: StatisticsOnline course, 16:30-18:00, Oct-Dec. LOPDOnline classroom02 Oct 17 More info
    CPDAn Introduction to teaching first year 2017 Maths Day 1 A two day course focusing on increasing subject knowledge and providing ideas and resources for teaching first year A level MathematicsYHLongcroft School, Beverley, HU17 7EJ04 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: 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
    Teacher NetworkA Level Maths and Further Maths 2017This will be an information gathering session to refine our delivery of A Level mathematics. Colleagues will discuss fallout from the new GCSE, identify the challenges ahead in A Level teaching and be made aware of the many ways in which the FMSP can offer support. SEThe Canterbury Academy11 Oct 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkRedbridge Teachers NetworkOne of the key themes across the new 2017 A Level is the use of technology, and this hands on session will look at how technology can be used to support teaching of the large data set.LondonValentines High School12 Oct 17 More info
    CPD2017 AS&A level Maths: Spreadsheets and the large data setOnline course, 16:30-17:30, Oct-Jan.LOPDOnline classroom18 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
    CPDIntroduction to AS Further Pure Mathematics for BeginnersA one day course to help prepare teachers who will be teaching Further Maths for the first time in September 2017. Please see the attached flyer for further details and a link to the on-line booking form.WMPaget High School, Burton Rd, Branston, Burton upon Trent, DE14 3DR20 Oct 17 More info
    CPDIntroduction to Discrete MathematicsIncorporating Discrete (Decision) maths into a Further Maths qualification from 2017, allows teachers some breathing space whilst covering other pre-requisites for FM in their A-level maths lessons. This course requires no prior knowledge of content past GCSE.SESkinners School, Tunbridge Wells20 Oct 17 More info
    CPDUsing technology in the 2017 Statistics classroom To support teachers in using technology to enhance their teaching of the Statistics element of A level Mathematics from September 2017. SWHigh School For Girls, Gloucester31 Oct 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkUCL KS5 Teachers Network - Large Data SetsLarge Data Sets for the new 2017 Maths A Level. Teachers are required to bring their own laptops and have Excel and Geogebra installed.LondonUCL02 Nov 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 is a repeat of the day held at the IoE on 26th April and at Kingston University on 29th June. LondonTomlinson Centre, E8 3ND07 Nov 17 More info
    CPD2017 AS&A level Maths: Spreadsheets and the large data setOnline course, 19:00-20:00, Nov-Jan.LOPDOnline classroom08 Nov 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkIntroducing new pure topics at A levelThe meeting will be of interest to any KS5 teacher, particularly those who may be unfamiliar with the new pure topics on the 2017 A level specification. Please see flyer for further details and link to the online booking form.WMKeele University in Walter Moberly Building, room 0.0208 Nov 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.EMLoughborough University LE11 3TU08 Nov 17 More info
    CPDMechanics for BeginnersIntroduction to A level 2017 MechanicsEMLoughborough University08 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: Newton's laws and connected particlesSWPlymouth University08 Nov 17 More info
    CPD2017 AS Further Maths: Pure - NEW DATESOnline course, 16:30-18:00, Nov-Jan. LOPDOnline classroom09 Nov 17 More info
    CPD2017 AS&A level Maths: Mechanics – NEW DATESOnline course, 16:30-18:00, Nov-FebLOPDOnline classroom09 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
    Teacher NetworkUCL KS5 Teachers Network - New topics in the 2017 Maths A LevelThis session that aims to support the teaching and share resources for some new Pure content of the 2017 A level Maths.LondonUCL09 Nov 17 More info
    CPDIntroduction to Discrete MathematicsThis one day course will give an overview of some of the areas of the content common to the Discrete, Decision and Modelling with Algorithms content in the new 2017 Further Maths AS. It will also support students taking D1 on the legacy (old) specification. This course is designed for those teachers who have not taught discrete maths before.LondonThe Tomlinson Centre, Hackney10 Nov 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 Handling. (Rescheduled from 28.9.17)SEBeth's Grammar School10 Nov 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 HandlingLondonBeth's Grammar School, Bexley10 Nov 17 More info
    CPD2017 AS Maths: Pure Absolute Beginners - NEW DATESOnline course, 16:30-18:00, Nov-Feb. LOPDOnline classroom14 Nov 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 days at the IoE on 4th May and at Kingston University on 5th July.LondonTomlinson Centre, E8 3ND16 Nov 17 More info
    CPD2017 A level Maths: Pure - NEW DATESOnline course, 16:30-18:00, Nov-Feb.LOPDOnline classroom23 Nov 17 More info
    CPDUsing technology in the 2017 Statistics classroomTo support teachers in using technology to enhance their teaching of the Statistics element of A level Mathematics from September 2017.SWNewquay Treviglas College, Cornwall23 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
    CPDAn Intrduction to the teaching of the 2017 A level mathematics (First year topics) day 2A two day course focusing on increasing subject knowledge and providing ideas and resources for teaching first year A level MathematicsYHLongcroft School, Beverley, HU17 7EJ06 Dec 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester13 Dec 17  
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester24 Jan 18  
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester21 Mar 18  
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester02 May 18