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, in conjunction with Tribal Education, will provide an extensive programme of support which is due to commence on 1st May 2018, and initially it will run for 2 years.

Current FMSP support will transfer to the new Advanced Mathematics Support Programme or 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.

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.