Advanced Mathematics Support Programme

MEI, which has managed the FMSP since it started, has been awarded a new government contract to support level 3 mathematics in England.

In July 2017 the DfE announced a new £16m support programme in response to Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s review of post-16 mathematics.

MEI has agreed a new contract with the Department for Education to manage the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), which MEI will be leading with support from Tribal Education. The AMSP started on the 1st May 2018, and will run for 2 years, initially.

Current FMSP support will transfer to the AMSP, during the summer term 2018. The AMSP will continue the successful work of the FMSP, providing support for students and teachers for AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and will in addition provide support for Core Maths.

Advanced Mathematics Support Programme launch: Live stream

From 17:15 to 18:15 on Thursday 28 June MEI will be streaming Charlie Stripp’s plenary session launching the new Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) live from the MEI Conference 2018. View it on the MEI website.

The Aims of the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme are to:

  • increase participation in AS/A level Further Mathematics and AS/A level Mathematics
  • increase participation in Core Maths
  • improve the quality of teaching
  • increase the number of students studying STEM degrees

The support provided by the AMSP will be extensive and will include:

  • Sustained Professional Development courses for teachers of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Professional development for:
    • Core Maths
    • Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics
    • support for university mathematics entrance tests
    • higher level problem solving
    • AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Professional development will be provided in a variety of ways, one-day and two-day events, twilight meetings and via online classrooms, in order to provide as much flexibility as possible for teachers to participate
  • Resources for teaching AS/A level Further Mathematics and new resources to support the teaching of Core Maths
  • Enrichment events and materials for 11-16 students to promote the study of mathematics post-16, including the Year 10 Maths Feast
  • Enrichment events and materials for 16-19 students to promote the study of mathematics and other STEM degrees, and to support the development of higher level problem solving skills, including the Senior Team Maths Challenge
  • Tuition support for students studying Further Mathematics
  • Regular support for students preparing for university mathematics entrance tests

Much of the above support will be similar to that provided by the FMSP. However we will be developing the content of courses and events in order to meet the needs of teachers and students studying the new level 3 mathematics qualifications.

The above support is government-funded and will be available to all state-funded schools and colleges in England. The AMSP will provide additional support for schools and colleges in Priority Areas - the 12 government Opportunity Areas and areas of low participation in level 3 mathematics - to improve provision and participation in level 3 mathematics.

Event information and resources will be transferred over to a new AMSP website during the summer. The FMSP website will remain active until the autumn term 2018 and resources will be accessible from here until they are transferred to the AMSP website.

Priority Areas

The AMSP has been directed by the DfE to target additional support for schools and colleges in areas of low level 3 mathematics participation and in the Opportunity Areas to raise participation in level 3 mathematics and improve the quality of teaching. Working with the DfE, the AMSP has identified twenty local authorities with the lowest proportion of 16-19 students participating in level 3 mathematics. The AMSP will provide additional assistance for schools and colleges in these areas, in the form of bursaries towards travel costs, courses fees and cover costs, to facilitate greater participation in professional development and student enrichment activities organised by the AMSP.

The AMSP low participation areas for level 3 mathematics are the following local authorities:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Halton
  • Hartlepool
  • Islington
  • Kingston Upon Hull, City of
  • Knowsley
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • Portsmouth
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Salford
  • Sandwell
  • Southampton
  • Sunderland
  • Tameside
  • Thurrock

The 12 Opportunity Areas are:

  • Blackpool
  • Bradford
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • East Cambridgeshire and Fenland
  • Hastings
  • Ispwich
  • Norwich
  • Oldham
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • West Somerset
  • Yorkshire Coast