Aims and Impact

Aims of the Further Mathematics Support Programme

The aims of the FMSP are to:

  • Increase participation in AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, particularly that of girls and those from other under-represented groups;
  • Increase capacity within schools and colleges to provide high quality mathematics teaching;
  • Increase demand from students to study AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics post-16;
  • Support improvements in level 3 mathematics education.

These aims support the principle that all state-educated students throughout England should be able to access the mathematics education they need to fulfil their aspirations.

The work of the FMSP is organised across three inter-related strands: Student Support; Teacher Support; and Access to Higher Education.


The number of students taking A level Further Mathematics has almost trebled since the programme was rolled-out nationally in 2005. The number taking AS Further Mathematics has risen even more sharply.

In 2004/5 less than 40% of the state-funded A level Mathematics providers in England had students taking A level Further Mathematics. In 2013/14 this proportion has grown to over 66%.

A summary of the key achievements of the FMSP is in this two-page briefing: Key Achievements of the FMSP.

Independent Evaluation Reports on the FMSP

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University carried out independent evaluation of the FMSP until 2014. Between 2014 and 2017 it has been academics from Sheffield Hallam University.