Overview of FMSP
The FMSP works to achieve its aims through three main strands.
Support for students
- Working to ensure that all students have access to tuition for AS/A level Further Mathematics;
- Promotion of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics;
- Supporting students to develop their higher level mathematical problem-solving skills;
Support for schools/colleges and teachers
- Professional development for AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics;
- Providing expert advice and support to teachers in all matters relating to AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics education;
- Teacher support for enriching KS4 mathematics and improving progression to Level 3 mathematics post-16;
- Provision of high quality CPD and teaching resources to support the development of higher-level mathematical problem-solving;
- Supporting institutions where Further Mathematics should be established as a priority;
- Development of ITT provision to prepare trainee teachers to teach A level Mathematics;
- Working with NCETM and the Maths Hubs to establish more Professional Development leads to support teachers of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
Access to Higher Education
- Communicating to schools/colleges and students the mathematics requirements for entry to a range of degree courses and careers;
- Encouraging university departments to signal clearly the importance of studying AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics to support the transition to undergraduate study across a range of subjects;
- Supporting students’ mathematical preparation and transition to degree level study.
The FMSP works through a regional structure. It provides access to resources and organises many teacher and student events.
The impact of the FMSP on mathematics provision has been considerable.
The FMSP follows on from the successful Further Mathematics Network which was in turn set up following an innovative five-year pilot project called Enabling Accessing to Further Mathematics (EAFM) which was developed by MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) and funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.