Strategies for offering Further Mathematics

MFN tuitionFurther 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 Live Interactive Lectures for Further Mathematics to support teaching in school
  • If more than two applied modules are offered as options for A level Mathematics students, using the applied option classes to enable Further Mathematics students to study extra applied units without the need to timetable extra classes
  • 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 for one or more module, either by 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:

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.

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.