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
    Teacher NetworkBristol NetworkUsing the Casio Classwiz for the 2017 Maths A-levelsSWBristol Brunel Academy29 Nov 17 More info
    Teacher NetworkGloucester NetworkUsing the Casio Classwiz for the 2017 Maths A-levelsSWChurchdown School, Gloucester29 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
    KS5 NetworkYork KS5 Network meetingYvonne Croasdaile (FMSP Associate) will offer PD for An Introduction to AS Mechanics for the 2017 specification including ideas and resourcesYHFulford School, York01 Dec 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
    Teacher NetworkTower Hamlets Teacher NetworkThis session will provide an introduction to using graphical calculators to support A Level Maths, supporting the overarching theme for the use of technology in the 2017 specifications. Due to limited spaces, you must booked a place for this teacher network session.LondonTower Hamlets06 Dec 17 More info
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester13 Dec 17  
    Teacher NetworkRedbridge Teachers NetworkThis network session will explore how to integrate the use of technology into the teaching of the new (2017) A level Mathematics courses through the use of graphing apps such as GeoGebra and Desmos LondonValentines High School18 Jan 18 More info
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester24 Jan 18  
    Teacher NetworkTower Hamlets Teacher NetworkMechanics is now compulsory within the 2017 A Level specification. This network is OPEN TO ALL TEACHERS and will consider how Mechanics can be brought alive through the use of easy practicals, without the need for expensive kit. There will also be the opportunity to share activities that have worked for you. Come with one activity, leave with many!LondonSwanlea School24 Jan 18 More info
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester21 Mar 18  
    KS5 NetworkSupporting the 2017 A LevelsNWUniversity of Manchester02 May 18