Further Mathematics is offered in many different ways, from teaching it as a fully timetabled class, to having all of the tuition provided through the FMSP.
The FMSP can help your school/college teach Further Mathematics. Your FMSP Area Coordinator can discuss different strategies and suggest support to help develop provision for Further Mathematics at your school.
Continue with the model you used for this year's students, but build in additional time for revision at the end.
The advantage of this is that your current schemes of work will be applicable and you should have some additional teaching time in January, which will mean that you can complete the course earlier and can devote some extra time to revision.
Offer pairs of applied units from the same strand over the year, e.g. M1 and M2, D1 and D2, S2 and S3.
The advantages of this are that these pairs can be taught together, so you can teach complementary topics and they can be taught collectively as a double unit which means that students don’t need to spend time revisiting a unit they finished in January.
Teach all 3/6 FM units so that each starts in September and is completed in the summer.
This has the advantage of not leaving a large block of time between completing the unit and taking the exam. The disadvantage is that this might mean that you only have 1 lesson per week on some units. This model might be more suitable for schools/colleges that have a 2-week timetable.
Stagger the teaching of applied units.
Teach a Further Pure unit over the year and the applied units in alternating 2-week blocks, e.g. teach S2 for a fortnight, and set some homework on it, then teach D1 for a fortnight. Students will always be studying one unit in class whilst studying a different one in their homework.
Teach just Further Pure for the first part of the course, then teach the applied units whilst consolidating the FP work.
For example: teach FP1 for the first term then teach S2 and D1 after Christmas, building in regular opportunities to consolidate and revise FP1.
Offer AS Further Mathematics over 2 years starting January year 12 taking 1 unit in year 12 and 2 in year 13.
If you have any questions about these models, or would like to discuss your individual circumstances in more detail please contact your Area Coordinator through the Regions section of the website.
Wherever possible the FMSP supports schools and colleges to provide Further Mathematics tuition themselves. For ideas on how you can offer Further Mathematics in your school/college and ways in which the FMSP can support this, have a look at these case studies of schools and colleges that work with the FMSP.
QCA case studies for offering Further Mathematics
The 2007 QCA report Offering Further Mathematics as part of the A level curriculum includes further case studies for offering Further Mathematics. To download the full report, see 2007 QCA report.
Schools and Colleges can submit an online request to register with the Further Mathematics Support Programme. It is free to do so and there are many benefits.
To find out about the FMSP in your area please select a region from the map below: