Strategies for offering Further Mathematics

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.

    Strategies include:
  • Teaching a small group of Further Mathematics students on a reduced timetable
  • Using the FM Videos to support teaching in school
  • Students from two or more schools/colleges being taught together to form a viable Further Mathematics class.
  • Teaching being shared between a school/college and its local FMSP Tutor
  • Students receiving FMSP tuition either from a local FMSP tutor or via online tuition.
  • AS Further Mathematics can be offered as an option for year 13 students; see the section on offering AS Further Mathematics in Year 13 for more details.

Possible strategies:

Stagger the teaching of applied options.
Teach Further Pure over the year and the applied options in alternating 2-week blocks, e.g. teach Decision for a fortnight, and set some homework on it, then teach Mechanics 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 options whilst consolidating the FP work.
For example: teach Further Pure for the first term then focus on Statistics and Mechanics after Christmas, building in regular opportunities to consolidate and revise the Further Pure.

Offer AS Further Mathematics over 2 years starting January year 12.

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.

Case Studies

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.