News/Media Releases

March 2017: FMSP National Newsletter Spring 2017

27/03/2017

The latest issue of our national newsletter is now available. As well as the latest news and developments, it contains reports on recent FMSP events and activities. Please see Issue 16 in the right hand column of this page.


March 2017: FMSP Spring 2017 Regional Newsletters

24/03/2017

Our latest regional newsletters are now available to view on our website. You can find these in the right hand column on each of our regional pages. Please navigate to your chosen area via the regions menu on the top of our home page.


March 2017: New UCL IOE Report: Gender and Participation in Mathematics and Further Mathematics

09/03/2017

UCL Institute of Education has just completed a report on five case studies conducted on behalf of the Further Mathematics Support Programme.

The report provides useful insights into how five schools/colleges have succeeded in encouraging greater proportions of girls to continue studying A level Mathematics. Offering girls the opportunity to attempt challenging mathematics in Key Stage 4 together with flexible support, advice and guidance, helps to create a positive culture that girls can succeed in advanced mathematics.

The FMSP will consider how to implement the recommendations based on the outcomes from this research to help more schools/colleges to encourage girls’ participation in mathematics. See also the FMSP Encouraging Girls to Take Mathematics web page.


February 2017: Job Vacancy - MEI CPD Administrator

10/02/2017

Post Title:                  MEI CPD Administrator

Location:                   Trowbridge

Line Manager:            CPD Support Team Leader

Rate of Pay:               Up to £18,750

Contract:                   This post is offered on a fixed 12 month contract to begin mid April 2017

Hours:                       Full-time, 37.5 hrs per week

Ref:                           MEI/06

Application:               Please apply by email to [email protected] Include a CV as well as cover letter detailing
your reasons for applying.

Closing Date:             Applications must be received by Monday 27 February.

Interview Date:          Wednesday 15 March

Special Conditions:    This post may involve occasional time away to take part in conferences.

For further details including the job and person specification please visit the Job Vacancy page on the MEI website.

 


October 2016: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator based in Northamptonshire

17/10/2016

There is a vacancy for an FMSP Area Coordinator based in Northamptonshire. For details see: online application form by the closing date: 6 November 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit The University of Northampton website.


September 2016: RI Grant scheme for enriching mathematics

17/10/2016

The Royal Institution (Ri) is offering UK state schools grants of up to £500 to host a maths ‘enrichment and enhancement’ activity for their teachers and students.

Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the scheme is designed to integrate maths activities (such as shows, talks and workshops) into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development. Successful applicants will receive £500 towards any maths activity listed on the STEM Directories as long as it is held between January and July 2017.

Eligible state-funded schools, academies and FE colleges must complete the online application form by the closing date: 30 October 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit the STEM Directories website


September 2016: FMSP National Newsletter Autumn 2016

27/09/2016

The latest issue of our national newsletter is now available. As well as the latest news and developments, it contains reports on recent FMSP events and activities. Please see Issue 15 in the right hand column of this page.


September 2016: FMSP Autumn 2016 Regional Newsletters

27/09/2016

Our latest regional newsletters are now available to view on our website. You can find these in the right hand column on each of our regional pages. Please navigate to your chosen area via the regions menu on the top of our home page.


August 2016: A level Mathematics still the most popular choice

18/08/2016

Following the publication of A level results this morning, the Further Mathematics Support Programme has published a media release about the uptake of Mathematics and Further Mathematics A levels, and the FMSP’s support for teachers to prepare them for the transition to teaching new A levels from 2017.

MEI’s Chief Executive Charlie Stripp commented on the continued popularity of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A/AS level, and the need to increase numbers of students studying maths post-16:

“It’s great news that, despite a reduction of 1.65% in entries for A levels overall, A level Mathematics entries have held up well and A level Further Mathematics entries have continued to increase. Over 92 000 students took A level Maths this summer and Maths, once again, has the highest entry of any A level subject; 10 years ago the entry was only just over 52 000 and A level Maths had the 4th highest entry compared to other subjects. For Further Maths the increases are even more dramatic. 10 years ago fewer than 6000 students took A level Further Maths; now the figure is over 15 000. These changes reflect an increased recognition of the importance of maths for success in higher education and employment. However, numbers need to increase still further to help our young people to succeed in their careers and to support the competitiveness of our economy in science, technology, engineering and finance.”


August 2016: 2016 Senior Team Challenge

03/08/2016

For details of the 2016 Senior Team Challenge and to download the entry form please visit STMC Challenge


July 2016: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator in the South East region

22/07/2016

There is a vacancy for an FMSP Area Coordinator in the South East region. For details see: AC Vacancy details


July 2016: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator in the West Midlands region

14/06/2016

The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint a part time, fixed term academic post of Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) Area Coordinator covering the West Midlands region. For further details and to apply please visit: AC Vacancy details for West Midlands


June 2016: MEI position paper on the implementation of the new GCSE Mathematics

14/06/2016

The new GCSE Mathematics is bigger and more demanding.  MEI strongly supports the DfE’s ambition to raise expectations and achievement in mathematics education, but is concerned that schools and teachers need more support if these aspirations are to be met.  This new position paper discusses the issues and recommends how they could be addressed.


May 2016: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator in the Yorkshire and Humber region

03/05/2016

There is a vacancy for an FMSP Area Coordinator in the Yorkshire and Humber region. For details see: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?id=5044.

Closing date: 12th May 2016.


April 2016: Applications are now open for Teaching Statistics 1

14/04/2016

Teaching Statistics 1 is a six month course which aims to develop teachers understanding of Statistics and provide ideas and resources to enhance teaching. It is aimed at teachers who have little or no experience of Statistics or more experienced teachers who would like ideas of how to approach the teaching of the new content of the 2017 A Level.

The course has been specifically designed to cover all the topics that form part of the compulsory content of the A levels starting in 2017.

More information and a link to the application form can be found on the Teaching Statistics page of the website.


April 2016: Applications are now open for Teaching Mechanics 1

12/04/2016

Teaching Mechanics 1 is a six month course which aims to develop teachers understanding of mechanics and provide ideas and resources to enhance teaching. It is aimed at teachers who have limited experience of Mechanics or those who are new to this area of Mathematics however, more experienced teachers may also finds that it gives them new ideas.

The course has been specifically designed to cover all the topics that form part of the compulsory content of the A levels starting in 2017.

More information and a link to the application form can be found on the Teaching Mechanics page of the website.


April 2016: Registration is open for the DfE funded Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM) course 2016-17

11/04/2016

The Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM) course has been designed to support teachers of GCSE Mathematics who wish to teach A level Mathematics for the first time. Many teachers with A level teaching experience have enrolled on the course to deepen their subject knowledge and gain new ideas for teaching. 

The Department for Education funded TAM course will be delivered at seven locations across the country in 2016-17. The TAM course is also is available with Masters, delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Warwick. DfE bursaries are offered for both of these courses.

Teachers of A level mathematics at state-funded schools in England may apply for the TAM course until 9 May (thereafter only if places are available), and for the TAM course with Masters until 25 April (thereafter only if places are available).

Please note that a third version of the TAM course, the MEI-certificated TAM course, eligible to all mathematics teachers, will take applications from 6 June. There is no DfE bursary for this course.

Full details of all versions of the TAM courses, including a table that summarises the key similarities and differences between the courses, and answers to frequently asked questions, are available on the TAM course page on the MEI website.



FMSP National Newsletter Spring 2016

07/04/2016

The latest issue of our national newsletter is now available. As well as the latest news and developments, it contains reports on recent FMSP events and activities. Please see Issue 14 in the right hand column of this page.



Job Vacancy-FMSP Administrator

05/04/2016

Post Title:         FMSP Administrator

Location:         Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Line Manager: FMSP Administration Team Leader                          
           
Rate of pay:     £18,500 (Subject to qualifications & experience)

Hours:             Full-time, 37.5 hrs per week

Contract;        This post is offered on a fixed 12 month contract to begin 6th June 2016

Application:    Please apply by email to [email protected] 
                      Please include a CV as well as a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying.

Closing date:  Applications must be received by end of Tuesday 19th April

Interview Date:  Wednesday 27th April

Special Conditions: This post may involve occasional time away overnight to assist with conferences.

For further details including the job and person specification please visit the Job Vacancy page on the MEI website.



FMSP Spring 2016 Regional Newsletters

22/03/2016

Our latest regional newsletters are now available to view on our website. You can find these in the right hand column on each of our regional pages. Please navigate to your chosen area via the regions menu on the top of our home page.



March 2016: Report on Wider Effects of Introducing Further Mathematics

18/03/2016

The UCL Institute of Education have recently published a report examining the wider effects of introducing A level Further Mathematics. Dr. Cathy Smith and Dr. Jennie Golding looked at 4 institutions that had recently established Further Mathematics with support from the FMSP. The report includes detailed descriptions of the impact of the curriculum change on the mathematics department, teacher identity and confidence, and changes to pedagogy, not only at A level, but also lower down the school. There is strong endorsement of the TAM and TFM courses as well as for the work of the FMSP on problem solving and reasoning at Key Stage 4 and A level. Teacher network meetings are also referred to as important forums for discussing mathematics and refreshing teachers’ interest.

The report will be very helpful to the FMSP in informing how best to support schools and colleges to ensure curriculum changes are more long-lasting, and to any school or college trying to establish and sustain Further Mathematics provision.

Summary of Wider Effects of Introducing FM report
Full Report of Wider Effects of Introducing FM



March 2016: Future Teaching Scholars Programme - new deadline for applications

09/03/2016

The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a new initiative from the Department for Education, being run by Education Development Trust, to encourage more students into teaching maths and physics.

Successful applicants for the programme will be awarded a £15,000 grant whilst they study at university, a place on an initial teacher training course, support in finding their first teaching job, as well as extensive personal and professional development support for six years through a network of outstanding Teaching Schools.

The current round of applications is open, with the deadline of 31 March 2016. To find out more and apply, visit www.futureteachingscholars.com.



Job Vacancy: Area Coordinator (East Midlands)

04/03/2016

The University of Northampton is seeking to appoint a part time, fixed term academic post of Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) Area Coordinator.

For further details please visit: FMSP Area Coordinator vacancy for East Midlands

*UPDATE* Please be aware that applications are now closed for this position.



£15,000 scholarships for A level Maths students – swift action needed

16/12/2015

A new ‘Future Teaching Scholars’ grants programme is being offered by the DfE to help support future Maths and Physics teachers through university and into teaching.

Please direct A level Maths and IB Higher Maths students to https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/

Act soon: The closing date for applications this year is 15th January 2016. 



Teaching Mechanics 1

10/12/2015

We are now accepting applications for the Teaching Mechanics 1 course which starts in February 2016.The course is now available with the option to gain Masters credits through Plymouth University.

Full details, dates and link to the application form can be found in the CPD section of the Teachers Area Teaching Mechanics



MEI online support for STEP and AEA is now open for applications

30/11/2015

Each year, MEI provides online support for students preparing for the STEP and AEA papers. This support runs from February to June. The application process for 2016 is now open. All details and an application form can be found on the STEP/AEA section of MEI website.



Where would the world be without mathematics?

24/10/2015

The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), working with Plus Maths magazine, has launched a competition for secondary school students called Where would the world be without mathematics. Full details can be found at Schools Plus Competition.



September 2015: Teaching Mechanics 2

08/09/2015

We are now taking bookings for the new Teaching Mechanics 2 course. Full details and a link to the application form are in the CPD section of the Teachers area http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/teaching-mechanics



August 2015: Mathematics now studied by 1 in 3 A level students

13/08/2015

The numbers of students taking AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics have increased for the twelfth consecutive year.

Congratulations to all those students who successfully completed their A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics this summer.

Over 92 000 students took A level Mathematics this year, with almost 15 000 also completing A level Further Mathematics. Mathematics has consolidated its position as the most popular A level choice in the UK. This reflects the growing recognition by students, teachers, higher education and employers of the importance and usefulness of strong mathematical skills. Growth in numbers taking AS Further Mathematics has also been dramatic, with a further rise of 10% since 2014.

The Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP), managed by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), is a government-funded initiative. Over the last 10 years the FMSP has supported the teaching of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics in schools and colleges and worked with thousands of students each year, enriching their learning and promoting the study of mathematics. During this period the FMSP has also provided professional development to thousands of mathematics teachers to enhance mathematics teaching at both A level and GCSE. Improving students’ experience of mathematics at GCSE level is vital for increasing participation at A level. The FMSP continues to work directly with teachers in schools and colleges across England to support and expand provision for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.  The continued increases in participation in the mathematics A levels would not be possible without the efforts of classroom mathematics teachers and their dedication and enthusiasm should be applauded.

Working with other mathematics and STEM organisations, the FMSP seeks to increase teaching capacity and encourage student interest in mathematics, helping to motivate more students to choose A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and ensuring they have the opportunity to do so. 

The clear message that mathematics is a key facilitating subject for further study in a wide range of subjects, opening doors to many exciting and rewarding careers, has been widely promoted by the Further Mathematics Support Programme and other organisations.  The increased numbers of A level students in Mathematics and Further Mathematics show that this message is resonating with more and more students.

Whilst this year’s increases are a cause for celebration, in order to equip more young people for exciting careers in STEM, and help ensure the UK workforce remains competitive in the global economy, we must continue to build on the increased participation in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.  This is especially true for girls who are under-represented in the student cohorts for the mathematics A levels, making up around 40% of A level Mathematics students and 30% of A level Further Mathematics students.

The FMSP will continue to do all it can to bring about further increases in participation in the mathematics A levels.

Compared with 2014:

A level Mathematics numbers are up from 88 816 to 92711, an increase of 4.4%.
A level Further Mathematics numbers are up from 14 028 to 14 993, an increase of 6.9%.

AS level Mathematics numbers are up from 161 711 to 165 311, an increase of 2.2%.
AS level Further Mathematics numbers are up from 24 530 to 27 034, an increase of 10.2%.

Since 2003 A level Mathematics numbers have increased by 83% (from 50 602) and AS Mathematics numbers have increased by 159% (from 63 841).

Since 2003 A level Further Mathematics numbers have increased by 182% (from 5 315) and AS Further Mathematics numbers have increased by 702% (from 3 371).



June 2015 : Cambridge STEP correspondence course for year 12

17/06/2015

Free STEP preparation correspondence course: applications now invited from current Y12 students

The STEP Correspondence Course is a new, pilot project developed by the Cambridge University Faculty of Mathematics, and funded by the DfE. The aim of the pilot is to provide free online support for students currently in Year 12 who are planning to apply to universities requiring STEP in Year 13. It is intended for students who would not otherwise receive much help with STEP.
This pilot online project provides a series of fortnightly assignments through which participants are expected to work. Each assignment starts with some warm-up exercises. Then there is some preparatory work leading to a STEP question. Finally, there is an unrelated warm-down exercise.
The pilot programme is now being expanded: applications are now invited from current Year 12 students at state-maintained schools to join the course in September 2015 (i.e. September of Year 13). If selected, you must commit to submitting the assigned work each fortnight: participants will receive individual feedback on each assignment.

To apply, please complete the online application form at:
https://correspondence.maths.org/content/new-applicants

Applicants will also need to ask a teacher to complete the supporting teacher form on the same page.



Free Online taster session for Teaching GCSE Maths

09/06/2015

Join Debbie Barker online on Tuesday 30th June between 6pm and 6:45pm for a free Teaching GCSE Maths (TGM) taster session. The session is for anyone who might be interested in joining a TGM course in 2015/16. To participate you will need to register using this link .



Job Vacancy: FMSP Area Coordinator (North East)

19/05/2015

Gateshead Council, 0.6 FTE. Salary £41,487 - £45,203 (pro-rata)

Starting date September 2015. Closing date for applications 29th May 2015.

For more details and to apply online please go to the Gateshead Council website.

For additional guidance and information about the role you can contact Tom Button.



Job Vacancy: FMSP Area Coordinator (London)

29/04/2015

Tower Hamlets College, 0.6 FTE

Salary £43,267 (pro-rata)

Starting date September 2015

Closing date for applications 8th May 2015

For more details and to apply online please go to the Tower Hamlets College website.

For additional guidance and information about the role you can contact Sue de Pomerai.



New FMSP extended CPD course:Teaching Statistics starting summer 2015

27/04/2015

Teaching Statistics is a new interactive course which comprises dedicated web-based learning resources, scheduled live online tutorials and face-to-face study days. The course will run from July 2015 to January 2015 and is now open for applications. It is designed to cover the content of all the current S1 modules and the statistical content of the new Mathematics A levels. There are two face to face study days, the first on Saturday 19th September and one on a Saturday in early December (this date will be published as soon as it is finalised). In addition to the study days there will be live online tutorials roughly every two weeks covering the main content areas of the course and also access to resources in Integral specifically for course participants.

Teaching Statistics can be studied as part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Pre-University Mathematics (30 CAT points at Master level) through the University of Plymouth. Delegates who wish to study at masters level will need to pay an additional fee. For further information about the course and to book a place go to the the Teachers Area, CPD section.



April 2015: Increasing Girls Participation in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

23/04/2015

The FMSP have been working with the UCL Institute of Education to research good practice in encouraging girls’ participation in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.  Final versions of the Literature Review and the Case Studies are now available via www.furthermaths.org.uk/encouraging-girls-maths.  This page also includes:

  • three A4 case studies which summarise good practice in individual schools and colleges which have good participation rates by girls
  • two FMSP Improving Girls’ Participation in Mathematics and Further Mathematics Briefing Documents, which provide summaries of the research and advice for senior leader and teachers on improving girls’ participation.



April 2015: Job Vacancy FMSP Area Coordinator (East of England Region)

20/04/2015

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Essex is seeking to recruit a Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) Area Co-ordinator for the East of England on a part-time, fixed-term basis. This post is part of the national Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP).

Working as part of the FMSP team, the post holder will be responsible for the effective management of support for schools and colleges in the teaching and learning of A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. In addition to organising student tuition when schools and colleges are unable to provide it directly, the post holder will also be responsible for organising activities and events to promote Level 3 mathematics to Key Stage 4 students, organise professional development for teachers and support them with STEP and AEA mathematics.

The successful candidate will be a graduate in Mathematics or related subject, with experience of teaching Further Mathematics at A-Level, knowledge of the UK school system and of educational administration and assessment procedures in UK secondary education. With a high level of ICT literacy and a demonstrable interest in web-based teaching tools, you will also possess confident and enthusiastic teaching skills.

This is a part-time (22.5 hours per week), fixed term post until at 31 March 2016, based at the Colchester Campus.

Salary: £28,695-£31,342 per annum pro rata

Closing date: 06 May 2015

Apply online (Ref: SS744) at www.essex.ac.uk/vacancies



April 2015: Better Access to A level Further Mathematics

07/04/2015

Contrary to what many believe, that Further Mathematics A level is the preserve of the elite students at independent schools, now the majority of state schools and colleges offer this valuable and prestigious qualification.

Please see the FMSP Media Release entitled Better Access to A level Further Mathematics for further information and the recent article in the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications; Mathematics Today for more discussion in this area.



March 2015: Vacancy for MEI CPD Administrator

26/03/2015

This role involves coordinating MEI’s work relating to the professional development of teachers and FMSP student competitions.

As part of an administration team based at our central office, you will play a vital role in MEI’s operation, supporting the effective administration of MEI and FMSP courses and competitions for teachers and students. Your work will involve a variety of tasks including liaison with people within and external to MEI. For more information and details of how to apply please visit our Job vacancy page.



February 2015: New Maths Inspiration Events for Year 9 and 10 Students

23/02/2015

Maths Inspiration in conjunction with the FMSP are launching a new series of events for year 9 and 10 students.

The shows are aimed at students who do not necessarily like maths much but show an aptitude for it.

25th June 2015 LIVERPOOL Capstone Theatre
26th June 2015 BIRMINGHAM Adrian Boult Hall
29th June 2015 LONDON Bloomsbury Theatre
30th June 2015 GREENWICH Greenwich Theatre
1st July 2015 GREENWICH Greenwich Theatre

Matt Parker will be the MC of each show. Other presenters will be Rob Eastaway, Hannah Fry and Ben Sparks (two of the three at each show) plus a special guest who has used maths for an interesting real world application.

Tickets will be £6.25+VAT.

All venues will have a morning show (10:30-12:30) and an afternoon show (1:30pm-3:30pm)

Further details can be found on the Maths Inspiration website.

Your school may be entitled to priority booking. Please contact your Area Coordinator for information about this.



January 2015:Grant for Enriching STEM teaching in schools

27/01/2015

The RI and the Causeway Foundation are offering grants of up to £500 to eligible state-funded schools, academies and colleges in the UK to take part in an Enrichment and Enhancement (E&E) STEM activity from the STEM Directories before July 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for students to take part in a mathematics activity and help integrate mathematics enrichment in school practice. Institutions can offer to host a talk, workshop, debate, challenge or other activity from the STEM directory.

The Scheme is now open and the deadline for applications is 9th February 2015 at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit the STEM Directories website. Priority will be given to schools meeting certain criteria; please see the grant terms for more details. If you have any questions relating to the grant scheme or the STEM Directories, please contact STEM Directories



December 2014: Article on Transition to STEM degrees – Further Maths A-level in December issue of IMA’s Mathematics Today journal

18/12/2014

Claire Baldwin and Stephen Lee are featured in December’s issue of the IMA’s Mathematics Today journal.  Their article Transition to STEM degrees – Further Maths A-level gives an overview of topical research and curriculum activity in relation to post-16 mathematics and outlines the utility and incidence of Further Mathematics A-level qualifications in progressing to a wide range of degree courses.

The article is available to read in full via the IMA website.



December 2014: Subject content announced for Mathematics and Further Mathematics AS and A levels for teaching from September 2017

18/12/2014

The government response to the consultations about the subject content of A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics has now been published as well as the final content required for these AS and A levels



December 2014: First teaching of new Mathematics A levels deferred until September 2017

02/12/2014

Yesterday in a letter to Ofqual the DfE announced that following advice from Ofqual, ALCAB and many others the new A levels for Mathematics and Further Mathematics will be pushed back one year for first teaching from Sept 2017.

"I am content to accept your recommendation to defer first teaching of the new mathematics and further mathematics A/AS levels until September 2017. I have taken this decision to give mathematics students the best opportunity to benefit from the new qualifications at GCSE and A level, and in particular recognition of the importance of mathematics as a route to a wide range of valuable higher education courses." Nick Gibb, 1st December 2014.

The full letter is available here - Maths A level letter



November 2014: University of Bristol launches Cracking Mechanics, Further Maths for Engineers MOOC.

06/11/2014

The University of Bristol launches its first Massive Online Open Course, or MOOC, Cracking Mechanics, Further Maths for Engineers, on Monday 10 November.

The course is free to join and will run for six weeks. Learners will find out how engineers use both maths and physics to solve real world problems. It is aimed at year 12 and 13 students who are interested in careers in engineering, maths or physical science and is perfect for keen students who want either to practise existing skills or to extend their knowledge and understanding. Cracking Mechanics is designed to complement the A-level and International Baccalaureate specifications. However, it will also give students the opportunity to become independent learners and enrich not only their subject-specific knowledge, but also their wider experience and skills. Each week is split into bite-sized chunks, taking less than 30 minutes per day. Learners will watch videos, read articles, answer questions, do tests and quizzes, and discuss problems with other learners and help them with their problems too. Assessment is optional.

To find out more about the course, or to register, please visit futurelearn courses .


November 2014: The RI and the Clothworkers’ Foundation are offering grants of up to £500 to UK Schools

03/11/2014

The RI and the Clothworkers’ Foundation are offering grants of up to £500 to UK Schools to host a show, talk, workshop, debate, challenge or other mathematics activity to supplement their students’ classroom activities.

Grants of up to £500 are being offered to eligible state-funded schools or academies in the UK to take part in an Enrichment and Enhancement (E&E) mathematics activity from the STEM Directories before July 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for students to take part in a mathematics activity and help integrate mathematics enrichment in school practice.

The scheme is now open and the deadline for applications is 24th November 2014 at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit the STEM Directories website. Priority will be given to schools that have been unable to host a mathematics enrichment activity due to lack of funding; please see the grant terms for more details.

If you have any questions relating to the grant scheme or the STEM Directories, please contact [email protected]


October 2014: Rutherford Schools Physics Partnership Launch MOOC

06/10/2014

The Rutherford Schools Physics Partnership has launched Isaac Physics – a MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) focusing on developing students’ physics problem solving skills.

Isaac Physics provides physics and maths problems and supporting materials for the AS/A2 (or equivalent) years of study, for the transition from GCSE to AS, and for extension towards university physics and engineering. Currently Isaac Physics covers a wide range of topics in mechanics, with fields, waves and circuits soon to be released. Each question has associated concept sheets, graded hints and hint videos to assist the student.

Maths teachers, particularly those teaching mechanics, will also find Isaac Physics relevant. Click here for the full announcement.


Job Vacancy: FMSP Central Coordinator

05/09/2014

This is a national position in the FMSP management team. The post-holder will be employed by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).

Applicants should have successful experience in teaching A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics or undergraduate mathematics, be highly motivated to improve opportunities for students and teachers in mathematics, have excellent communication skills and be able to work as part of an extremely dedicated national team.

The post is full-time and home-based and will involve some travel within England.  

Salary will be at a competitive rate, depending on skills and experience.

A DBS disclosure will be requested for the successful applicant.

This post is offered from a mutually agreed date as soon as possible after
1st November 2014 and runs until 31 Aug 2016, though there may be opportunities for extension.

To download the following documents please click on the links below:

Job description

Person spec

Job application form

For further details please email [email protected]
Closing date for applications is 4pm on 29 September 2014.



August 2014: Mathematics is the most popular A level in the UK - Numbers studying A level Maths and Further Maths rise for the 11th consecutive year

20/08/2014

Since 2003 there has been a consistent and rapid rise in the number of students taking AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. These two subjects are more popular with young people than ever before and this year Mathematics has overtaken English as the most popular A level subject in the UK, with 88816 entries in 2014 compared to 85336 entries for English.

Information continued in our media release



O.R. Society Education Officer

20/08/2014

The Operational Research Society is looking for a new education officer. Details of the post can be found on the OR Society Website



July 2014: DfE announce additional funding for students studying 4 or more A levels

29/07/2014

Last week the DfE announced new proposals for funding for students on large programmes of study. This is very good news for students wishing study A level Further Mathematics.

The current funding protection for schools/colleges delivering successful large programmes ends in 2016. The proposed increase in funding will help schools and colleges maintain high quality and stretching programmes for their brightest students.

The new funding rules will apply to those studying:

  • 4 or more A levels
  • large TechBacc programmes
  • the full level 3 International Baccalaureate

From 2016 students that study 4 A levels and large TechBacc programmes will receive around £400 each year more than they presently do , and those studying 5 or more A levels will receive around £800 more.

The funding will depend on the student achieving at least grade Bs, or equivalent, in all their subjects.

The full announcement can be viewed on the DfE website - DfE announcement.



July 2014: DfE and Ofqual consultations on A level Maths and Further Maths

22/07/2014

The DfE and Ofqual have published their proposals for reformed AS and A levels in mathematics and further mathematics, and some other subjects. These proposals suggest significant changes to the current qualifications.

They are consulting on these proposals; the deadlines for responses are 19th September (DfE) and 22nd September (Ofqual). To view the proposals and consultation documents please click on the following links:

DfE
Ofqual

In addition the report from ALCAB to the DfE has been published.

The FMSP will be sending a reminder to schools/colleges about the consultation at the start of next term highlighting the significant changes and their implications for teaching A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. We encourage you to submit an individual response to the consultations.



FMSP Enrichment Podcast Series Launched

17/07/2014

The first four episodes of new enrichment series of 20 podcasts aimed at maths teachers and students in years 10-13 are now available.

In each podcast Peter Rowlett (of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast series) and Katie Steckles (of Numberphile) tackle a mathematical theme interviewing people from the field and setting a related puzzle.

Download and subscribe to the podcasts.

The podcast series will now take a summer break and episode 5 will be available on Friday 12th September.



Job Vacancy: Area Coordinator (East Midlands)

05/06/2014

The University of Northampton is seeking to appoint a part time, fixed term academic post of Further Mathematics Support Programme Area Co-ordinator at an appropriate point on Grade 7 starting as soon as possible.
You will play a key role in the operation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme in the East Midlands region. You will work as a part of a team of 4 Area Coordinators across the region. You will be responsible for the effective management of support for schools and colleges in the teaching and learning of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics in your area.

Applications for this post are now closed



Job Vacancy: MEI CPD Administrator

02/06/2014

Location: Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Line Manager: CPD Support Team Leader
Rate of Pay: Up to £18,500 (subject to Qualifications & Experience)
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hrs per week

Contract; Due to the nature of MEI’s funding, this job is offered on a fixed term contact until August 2016 with possibility of extension.

Closing date: Applications must be received by 4 pm Friday 20th June 2014
Interview Dates: Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1st July

For further information please visit: MEI CPD Administrator Post



Job Vacancy: FMSP Administrator (Maternity cover 1 year fixed contract)

02/06/2014

Location: Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Line Manager: FMSP Administration Team Leader
Rate of pay: £18.500 (Subject to qualifications & experience)
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hrs per week

Contract; This post is offered on a fixed term maternity contract from 4th Aug 2014 - 3rd Aug 2015

Closing date: Applications must be received by 4 pm Friday 20th June 2014
Interview Dates: Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1st July

For further information please visit: FMSP Administrator Post



Job Vacancy: FMSP Area Coordinator (East of England Region)

23/05/2014

The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, working in partnership with Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), seeks to appoint a Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) Area Coordinator to work in Hertfordshire and neighbouring regions to promote post-16 mathematics and improve access to Further Mathematics. The post holder will be expected to work independently and also as part of a team of Area Coordinators for the FMSP in the East of England region.

This is a part time position working 22.2 hours per week under a fixed term contract for a period of 21 months. The salary is £30,728 - £36,661 pro rata pa depending on skills and experience. The closing date for applications is Thursday 19th June 2014.

For further information and to apply please visit Current academic vacancies at The University of Hertfordshire (Vacancy ID: 012017)



Job Vacancy: FMSP Area Coordinator (East Midlands Region)

13/05/2014

The University of Nottingham are seeking to appoint an Area Coordinator to coordinate, monitor and develop the Further Mathematics Support Programme provision within the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire regions in collaboration with colleagues in the East Midlands Area.

The successful candidate will work alongside University staff at the interface between secondary education and University and regional colleagues within the East Midlands in collaboration with the national Further Mathematics Support Programme. A local role will include promoting and enabling the continued study of mathematics relevant for entrance to a wide range of university degree courses.

Candidates must have recent experience of teaching Further Mathematics at GCE A Level. Ideally applicants should be an experienced mathematics teacher with an enthusiasm for mathematics and its applications at this level and can maintain the interest of students through interactive activities. Experience of the integrated use of e-learning and e-support facilities would be desirable. Prior teaching experience in a School Sixth-Form, Sixth-Form College or Further Education is highly desirable.

Hours of work are 21.75 hours per week (60% FTE), days/hours negotiable but must include the timetabled contact hours. This post is available from 1 September 2014 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 June 2015.

For further information and to apply please visit Job vacancy page for The University of Nottingham



Issue 10 of the FMSP Newsletter now available

13/05/2014

The tenth issue of the national FMSP newsletter is now available. This newsletter is primarily aimed at stakeholders, with a regional newsletter being written and sent out to schools and colleges twice a year.



Celebrating Women in Mathematics - University of Nottingham - Tuesday 24th June

12/05/2014

On 24th June, the Further Maths Support Programme are organising an event at the University of Nottingham entitled ‘Celebrating Women in Mathematics’ which will engage Key Stage 4 students in a range of workshops led by female speakers and will culminate with a presentation by a guest speaker. For further information and booking details please visit Celebrating Women in Mathematics flyer



National Women in Engineering Day

12/05/2014

23 June 2014 is National Women in Engineering Day (www.nwed.org.uk) – this year the Women’s Engineering Society celebrates its 95th anniversary and will celebrate on 23rd June with a range of events which aim to celebrate the work that women do in engineering and showcase the great engineering careers that are available for girls.



Job Vacancy : FMSP Area Coordinator (FMSP East Midlands Region)

24/04/2014

The University of Lincoln is a forward-thinking, ambitious institution and you will be working in the heart of a thriving, beautiful, safe and friendly city. The School provides a stimulating environment for academic research, and is based in high quality, newly developed facilities.

We are seeking to appoint a graduate in mathematics or a related subject with substantial experience of teaching Further Mathematics at A-level to take on the part-time role of Further Mathematics Support Programme Area Coordinator for the East of England. This post is part of the national Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP).

For further information and to apply please visit Job vacancy page at The University of Lincoln



Job Vacancy : FMSP Area Coordinator (East Midlands)

23/04/2014

The University of Northampton is seeking innovative educational professionals to join the thriving academic community within the School of Education.  

40 years of excellence in initial teacher training, early years education provision and with a national and international reputation for SEN, we are seeking a dynamic educational professional to provide area coordination for the Further Mathematics Support Programme, funded by the Department for Education. 

You will play a key role in the operation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme in the East Midlands region. You will work as a part of a team of 4 Area Coordinators across the region. You will be responsible for the effective management of support for schools and colleges in the teaching and learning of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics  in your area.

For further information and to apply please visit Job vacancy page at The University of Northampton



Job Vacancy : FMSP Area Coordinator (London)

22/04/2014

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION
University of London

Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

Further Mathematics Support Programme Area Coordinator
(Grade 7, 0.6fte)

Annual Salary will be in the range £30,728 to £36,661 pro-rata plus £2,323 London Allowance pro-rata per annum. This is a fixed-term post with funding until March 2016 in the first instance, and the possibility of extending to March 2017

The Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for education research and teacher development, located at the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

We are seeking a dynamic mathematics education professional to work as part of a team of Area Coordinators for the Further Mathematics Support Programme in the London region. The post is located at the Institute of Education, University of London, where you will join a large mathematics education team with expertise in leading research, initial teacher education and professional development.

You will be responsible for the effective management of support for schools and colleges in teaching and learning A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics in your area. You will liaise with the other Area Coordinators in the London region, your FMSP Regional Manager, the FMSP administration team, the IOE research team, as well as universities, schools and colleges in the area.

You will be an expert mathematics educator with a first degree in mathematics or equivalent and extensive experience of teaching mathematics and further mathematics A level. You will be well organised and able to work effectively and flexibly, both independently and as part of a team. You will be confident and adaptable in your use of technology, with excellent communication skills.

The post will involve frequent travel to meetings and events within the region, including some evenings and weekends.

This appointment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Job reference: 7AC-CPA-5408

Closing Date: 07May 2014

To apply online please visit Job vacancy page at IOE or tel 020 7612 6159.



MEI and FMSP sessions at BCME8, April 2014

04/04/2014

MEI and FMSP staff will be delivering various sessions at the BCME8 Conference, 2014.
You can view all of our sessions on this flyer.
MEI, FMSP and Integral Resources will also be exhibiting on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April.

We look forward to meeting BCME8 delegates!



Job Vacancy - Programme Leader for the Further Mathematics Support Programme

03/04/2014

The Further Mathematics Support Programme is a national programme, funded by the Department for Education and managed by Mathematics in Education and Industry.

The Programme Leader will lead the national Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP). This is a senior national position and the Programme Leader will lead a team of academic and administrative staff and will report directly to MEI’s Chief Executive.

The major focus of the role will be to lead the FMSP, but the FMSP Programme Leader will also be expected to contribute to the work of MEI as a whole, as a member of MEI’s Senior Management Team.

The contract commences on 1 September 2014 and runs until 31 August 2016, with possible extension.

For further details please visit our Job Vacancy page.

Closing date for applications is noon on 25 April 2014
Interviews will be held in Trowbridge on Wednesday 7 May 2014.



Job Vacancy - TAM Deputy Coordinator

17/03/2014

The role will focus on developing and delivering the Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM) course. This will involve working with universities, presenting study days and online sessions, supporting teachers in their schools/colleges and producing online resources for these courses.

The contract commences on a mutually agreed date between 1 Aug 2014 and 1 Sept 2014 and runs until 31 Aug 2016, though there may be opportunities for extension.

Salary will be at a competitive rate, depending on skills and experience.

The post is full-time and home-based but will involve frequent travel.

A DBS disclosure will be requested for the successful applicant.

Applicants should have the following skills and qualities:

  • A passion for mathematics and mathematics teaching
  • A successful track record of teaching mathematics to a wide range of abilities across the 16-19 age range
  • The ability to think creatively and recognise opportunities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • The ability to inspire others

For further details please email [email protected]

Closing date for applications is noon on 22 April 2014.
Interviews will be held in Trowbridge on Thursday 1 May 2014.



Counting them in Conference - Monday 17 March 2014 at the Royal Society, London

21/02/2014

Counting them in: quantitative social science and the links between secondary and higher education

Monday 17 March 2014 at the Royal Society, London (10.30 – 16.00)

Keynote speakers include the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority and Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society.

This one-day conference will explore ways to strengthen quantitative social science training through the links between secondary and higher education. It is aimed at teachers, examiners, university lecturers, awarding bodies, learned societies and subject associations.

Please follow this link for more information:Counting them in conference



Feb 2014: Senior Team Maths Challenge Final Winners

04/02/2014

The National Final of the STMC took place at the Camden Centre in London on 4th February 2014. 59 teams, all winners from the regional heats, took part in the STMC final and poster competition. Hampton School, London became the overall champions for 2013/14, with Alton College, Hampshire in second place and Rainham Mark Grammar School, Kent in third place. The prizes were presented by Dr. Peter Neumann of Oxford University who congratulated all the finalists on their outstanding achievements. In addition to the STMC rounds, the finalists all produced a mathematical poster on the topic of Ruled Surfaces. In first place for the poster competition was The Grammar School at Leeds, runner-up was Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Crediton and in third place was Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough.



Job Vacancies - FMSP Administrator & CPD Administrator

31/01/2014

Two administration posts have become available within the Further Mathematics Support Programme, further details and application requirements can be found in FMSP administrative positions job description and specification


Applications via CV and cover letter to [email protected]
Closing date Sunday 16th February at midnight




Further Mathematics Support Programme KS4 Extension and Enrichment Conference

17/01/2014

Free Professional Development for GCSE Mathematics Teachers in state-funded schools*

Following the national series of FMSP KS4 Extension and Enrichment two-day courses held throughout 2012 and 2013, we are pleased to announce a one-day conference with workshops led by teachers sharing outcomes and resources from the two day courses. There will also be opportunities to explore the use of a further range of resources from both the FMSP and other providers. Plenary speakers Stella Dudzic and Malcolm Swan will give a broader view of mathematics education.

*This conference is funded via the FMSP by the DfE and is offered free of charge to KS4 teachers in state-funded schools, with a small bursary towards costs.
The event will be hosted at Birkbeck College, University of London on Friday 28 February 2014

For more information and to apply, please visit the KS4 E&E page on the FMSP website




January 2014: IMA 50th Anniversary

17/01/2014

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. To celebrate 50 years of achievement, the IMA plans an exciting series of events during 2014. There will be projects to provide a long lasting legacy including an [email protected] book and Maths Walks and the IMA are looking for mathematics teachers to get involved. Further details can be found on the IMA website - IMA 50th Anniversary

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FMSP Wales receives continued funding from the Welsh Government

14/01/2014

On Wednesday 18 December 2013 Education Minister Huw Lewis announced £550,000 of funding, over two years, for the continuation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales (FMSP Wales).
The Minister announced funding of £225,000 will be made available in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
Further details can be seen on the Welsh Government site and in the associated media release. An extensive interim evaluation report was also published and can be seen on their website – Evaluation of the FMSP pilot.



Job Vacancy - FMSP Project Coordinator

03/01/2014

Employed by MEI, this is a role as a member of the FMSP’s National Leadership Team to work on projects within the student support and teacher support strands and support the central and regional management of the programme. For more details please see http://www.mei.org.uk/?page=news&newsid=423.

Closing date Monday 27th January 2014



Job Vacancy - Assistant Director Level 3 Mathematics (FMSP)

03/01/2014

This is a national position in the FMSP management team and the postholder will also be a member of the NCETM team, employed by Tribal/NCETM. The postholder will manage the NCETM’s contribution to the FMSP. For more details please contact [email protected].



Applications now being taken for MEIs Online Course for students preparing for STEP and AEA examinations

20/12/2013

These courses run from February to June 2014. More details of the course and an application form can be found here



New funding for the successful Further Mathematics Support Programme

09/12/2013

The Department for Education (DfE) is to provide Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) with substantially enhanced funding for a further three years to continue and extend the work of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP), working with the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and the Institute of Education (IoE).

Read more in our media release.



NCETM to lead new initiative to raise maths standards in schools and colleges

04/12/2013

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is to take the lead role in developing a new, Government-funded, national network of school-led maths education centres, aimed at sharply improving pupils’ attainment in the subject across the board. Each centre will be coordinated by a Teaching School (a school already recognised for its outstanding performance and system-leadership role).
The initiative will enable every school and college in England, from early years to the post-16 sector, to access locally-tailored and quality support in all areas of maths teaching and maths learning.

Further details can be found at MESH Launch News Item



MEI launches free CPD courses for London teachers, funded by the London Schools Excellence Fund

02/12/2013

Through six new projects, MEI is supporting the Greater London Authority’s mission to promote excellent teaching in all London schools. MEI aims to deepen and strengthen teacher knowledge and expertise in mathematics, and to bring together secondary school teachers from across London schools and boroughs to share good practice and develop effective collaborative links. To deliver these aims, colleagues from MEI have worked with partner London schools to develop professional development courses for delivery in 2013-14. These courses are open to teachers in state-funded London Schools and Colleges only, with course fees for successful applicants covered by the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF).

Read more about the LSEF and the MEI London Schools Excellence Fund Courses.



Maths in Work day for Teachers

13/11/2013

Would you like to feel better equipped to answer questions like ‘What’s the point of maths?’, ‘Why do we have to learn it?, and ‘When am I ever going to use it?’?

MEI is offering a one-day workshop will look at examples of real-world applications of mathematics and freely available resources that use work-related contexts. It will consider the broad range of skills that young people need in the modern workplace and explore how these might be developed alongside the teaching of maths. There will also be the opportunity to meet young employees and hear their stories about how the maths they learned at school has helped them in their work.

The workshop will be held at the Nationwide Building Society Head Office in Swindon on Friday 24 January. Full details, including the programme for the day, are available at MEI Maths in Work



Oct 2013: AQA update on Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics

14/10/2013

AQA have published an update on their website to clarify the situation relating to the changes to which results will be used in performance tables.

The exam that is taken first is the one that schools can use for the performance tables. This means that if students sit GCSE Maths (either linear or unitised) and Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths in June 2014 then, as GCSE is the earlier, this would be the one that counts.

To view the statement in full see:
www.aqa.org.uk/news-and-policy/news/an-update-to-the-announcement-on-early-entry-for-maths



August 2013: A-level results - further increase in Further Maths numbers in Wales

09/10/2013

This year’s Further Mathematics A-level results are again a cause for celebration in Wales. Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics results have built upon last year’s increased entry.

Information contained in A-level results - further increase in Further Maths numbers in Wales
A-level results - further increase in Further Maths numbers in Wales - CYMRAEG




August 2013: A level results - students continue to flock to most demanding qualifications

15/08/2013

Further increases in the number of students taking A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics demonstrate a continued appetite among sixth formers to take the most demanding qualifications. Today’s results show continued increases in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, taking the numbers to the best since records have been kept: a total of 101 881 A levels awarded.

Information continued in the media release.




June 2013: MEI/National STEM Centre Teachers new to teaching A level mathematics residential week

10/06/2013

MEI, in partnership with the National STEM Centre, is offering a one week residential course that will increase teachers' subject knowledge and deepen their understanding of mathematics topics featured at A Level. In addition the course content will raise teachers' subject pedagogical knowledge, in order to improve their teaching skills, thus giving them the confidence to teach for understanding and engagement.

The target audience is teachers who have just completed a PGCE in mathematics, and/ or are about to teach A level for the first time in the September 2013.

The course will run from 19 to 23 August 2013 at the National STEM Centre, York, YO10 5DD.

Due to generous sponsorship by Casio the cost of the full residential week is only £150.

For more details please see:http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/news/teachers-new-to-teaching-a-level-mathematics-residential-week-in-conjunction-with-mei



May 2013: Free FMSP Online Summer School in Mathematical Problem-Solving for Year 12 Students – ideal as part of preparation for STEP and AEA examinations.

31/05/2013

During June and July, the FMSP is offering a series of five live online workshops to help year 12 students develop problem-solving skills in pure mathematics.

Workshops will assume knowledge of C1 and C2 mathematics only.

In each workshop, a set of mathematical problems will be considered. These will be made available via the FMSP website prior to each session. A STEP or AEA question will be considered as part of each workshop.

All that is needed to access the sessions is a computer connected to the internet. Students will get chance to interact with the presenter via instant messaging and by online polling. All sessions start at 4.30pm and are one hour long.

10th June Workshop 1: A general introduction to mathematical problem solving

17th June Workshop 2: Problems based on number

24th June Workshop 3: Problems based on algebra

1st July Workshop 4: Problems based on trigonometry

8th July Workshop 5: Problems based on calculus

All Further Mathematics Support Programme registered schools/colleges will receive information about how to access the sessions. If your school/college is not registered with the FMSP then please register by June 3rd in order to receive this information.

For more information please visit http://www.furthermaths.org.uk/y12probsolv.php



May 2013: Online CPD courses now taking bookings

28/05/2013

Online courses for teachers, scheduled for the autumn term, are now open for bookings.

Visit our Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) webpage for more details.



April 2013: Clarification from the DfE about changes to AS qualifications and what they mean for AS Maths and AS Further Maths

19/04/2013

The DfE has agreed this statement about changes to AS qualifications and Maths and Further Mathematics.



March 2013: Two Job Vacancies in Wales - Part-Time Tutor and FMSP Wales Ambassador

18/03/2013

Applicants are invited for the position of Further Mathematics Tutors in the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) Wales, Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences of Science to cover the counties of Rhondda Cynon Taff and Anglesey. There are 2 posts available; one for the RCT based at the University of Cardiff - 17.5 hours a week and one for Anglesey based at the University of Bangor - 14 hours a week. For more information please see the job advertisement.



February 2013: Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM), an extensive professional development course, is now open for applications for this year's course.

25/02/2013

The Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM) course provides an extensive programme of professional development for A level Mathematics teachers who are currently teaching Further Mathematics or wish to teach it at some point in the near future. Over a 14 month period, the TFM course covers material from all Further Mathematics specifications with emphasis on expanding participants’ mathematical horizons and providing a deeper understanding of the links within mathematics. It is designed to give teachers the skills and confidence to teach A level Further Mathematics effectively, focusing on subject knowledge and pedagogy. For more details please visit the TFM webpage.



Access to Further Mathematics Conferences

25/02/2013

Further Mathematics has been the fastest growing A level over the last five years. The FMSP is providing selected schools and colleges throughout England with the opportunity to attend a 2 day conferences in March aimed at mathematics teachers who are interested in developing Further Mathematics provision within their school or college. The conferences will detail practical, cost-effective ways in which you can offer A level Further Mathematics to your students. If you are interested in attending on of these events please fill in the online application form . Places are limited so you are advised to complete the form as soon as possible. You will be informed by email of whether or not we are able to offer you a place.



February 2013: FMSP/UKMT Senior Team Mathematics Challenge 2012/2013, National Winners - Westminster School

08/02/2013

This year’s Senior Team Mathematics Challenge (STMC) concluded on 5th February with the National Final at the Camden Centre in London. 62 teams were invited to final which was won by Westminster School for the third time. There was a three-way tie for second place between City of London School, Eton College and Magdalen College School, Oxford. The poster competition, on the theme of Sets and Logic, was won by The Grammar School at Leeds. In second place was Worthing 6th form college and third was the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. This year the competition was sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc and Sarah Malik from Rolls-Royce attended the final and presented the prizes.



February 2013: More Pupils to Benefit as Maths Programme Extended with Welsh Government funding

04/02/2013

More pupils and students in Wales are to get support with Maths as the Further Maths Support Programme Wales has received funding from the Welsh Government to extend the project in the 2013/2014 academic year. For more information please see the news release.



February 2013: Job Vacancies - Two Part-Time Senior Tutors in Wales

04/02/2013

The Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales is looking to appoint two part-time Senior Tutors. One post is to cover the county of Rhondda Cynon Taff and one to cover Anglesey. For more information please see the job specification.



January 2013: Free AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics resources

23/01/2013

Thanks to sponsorship from AQA, subscription to the Integral online resources for AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics is free to centres for the calendar year 2013.

The subscription includes a departmental log-in, giving access to all the resources, and individual access for up to 200 students. Individual access means students can access the resources from any computer, use the on-line tests and build up their own test record, which their tutor can access and write to.

For information about AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics please see:
What is AQA Level 2 Further Maths?

For information about subscribing to the free Integral online resources please see:
Subscribing to the AQA Level 2 CFM resources



January 2013: FREE online CPD taster session for teachers interested in finding out more about online CPD courses scheduled this term.

09/01/2013

Online taster sessions are for teachers who wish to find out more about our online CPD courses and experience a live, online, collaborative environment for the first time. A taster session is designed for teachers who want to find out more about the functionality of an online classroom before applying for a Live Online Professional Development(LOPD) course

A taster session will outline the features of the online environment and teachers will be able to experiment, ask questions about the LOPD courses and meet one of our LOPD course tutors. Taster sessions are scheduled on Mon 28th Jan, Tues 29th Jan, Wed 30th Jan and Fri 31st Jan. The 'live' session will start at 4.30pm and last for approximately 1 hour and delegates just need an internet connection and preferably a standard audio headset /earphones (rather than a set of speakers) to join in.

Book a FREE TASTER SESSION



December 2012: International Statistics Poster Competition for Schools

10/12/2012

Staff at Lancaster University are coordinating a UK national poster competition in statistics part of the International Statistics Literacy Project (ISLP). This year's theme is "Agriculture" and the winners in each age category win a £500 prize and will have their posters displayed at the World Statistics Congress in Hong Kong in August 2013. There will also be international prizes, to be announced later.

Download the flyer

Posters provide interesting and motivating ways for students to work in teams, investigate real questions using data, use their analytical and graphical skills to interpret statistical results, and develop their written and communication skills to present their findings.

Teachers should register their teams on the ISLP website at http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/islp/competition-second

Student teams should consist of 2-3 people per team and there are two age categories:

  • Students born in 1997 and younger (aged 11 to 15 years)
  • Students born in 1994 and younger (aged 16 to 18 years)

Please see this document for poster guidance for teachers.

More information may be obtained from the ISLP website linked to above or from the UK coordinators, Gillian Lancaster and James Groves at Lancaster University.

Sponsored by Getstats, a campaign of the Royal Statistical Society.



November 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Northampton.

16/11/2012

This post is for an FMSP Area Coordinator for the East Midlands and based at the University of Northampton. Details of this post can be seen via the job advertisement and the university website.



November 2012: Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses, offered in the Spring term, are now open for bookings.

10/11/2012

Online courses offer between 5 and 10 hours contact time with an experienced tutor and are delivered to small groups of teachers allowing opportunities for interaction and discussion. Courses are scheduled after the school day.

Please visit the dedicated LOPD webpage for full details of all online courses offered in the Spring term.




October 2012: Expanding post-16 participation in mathematics: Developing a curriculum to promote mathematical problem solving

31/10/2012

MEI has issued a press release: ‘Expanding post-16 participation in mathematics: Developing a curriculum to promote mathematical problem solving.’

Please see www.mei.org.uk to view the press release.



October 2012: MEI and the Further Mathematics Support Programme to work with a Cambridge University project to enhance A level Mathematics teaching

26/10/2012

Yesterday a Cambridge University project to enhance A level Mathematics teaching was announced.

MEI and the FMSP are delighted that this initiative is going ahead and strongly support the project's aim of providing materials to encourage inspirational A level Mathematics teaching. We will be working with the project by providing a professional development programme for A level Mathematics teachers across England, to introduce them to the materials and to discuss how to use them. .



October 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Birmingham.

04/10/2012

This post is for an FMSP Area Coordinator for the West Midlands and based at Birmingham University. Details of this post can be seen via the job advertisement.



September 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Keele.

19/09/2012

This post is for an FMSP Area Coordinator for the North West of England based at Keele University. Details of this post can be seen via the job advertisement.



September 2012: Resources for AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics

14/09/2012

Resources that support the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics are now available in the Integral Online Resources for registered schools/colleges.

The resources are structured in line with the contents of the textbook which we understand is to be published in January. As with all our resources, we will continue to review and develop them.



September 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Greenwich

11/09/2012

This post is for an Area Coordinator for SW London and Kent. Details of this post can be seen via the job advertisement.



September 2012: Free Taster sessions in September for online professional development courses

03/09/2012

Find out more about the free LOPD taster sessions here




August 2012: New Area Coordinator post for the North East region

28/08/2012

For more information and details about how to apply please see: FMSP job details (Gateshead)




August 2012: The JCQ A level trends 2012

22/08/2012

The JCQ 'trends' document can be found here.




August 2012: A Level Results- More Mathematics and Further Mathematics A levels Awarded than Ever Before

16/08/2012

The further increases in the numbers of students taking A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are a real cause for celebration, especially for independent charity Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). Today’s results show continued increases in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics, taking the numbers to the best in the 20 years since records have been kept: a total of 98 937 A levels awarded. Since 2003 A level Mathematics numbers have increased by 69% and A level Further Mathematics numbers by 149%.

Information continued in the media release.




August 2012: Winners of the FMSP Poster Competition 2012

06/08/2012


This year the FMSP poster competition was aimed at promoting Further Mathematics to students in year 10 and 11. The theme of the competition was “Our favourite thing about Further Mathematics is…” and was open to further mathematicians in schools and colleges. There were two winning entries, which complemented each other. Joseph Lindridge, a student from Andover Sixth Form College, designed an informative and interesting poster about the origins and uses of complex numbers. Rebecca Woods and Catalina Bodrug, two students from the Stowe School , created an inspiring poster promoting the many benefits of studying Further Mathematics.

The winners, with their families, attended a prize giving presentation at Rolls-Royce’s Learning and Development Centre in Derby, on 9th July 2012. Nicola Swaney, Education Outreach Officer at Rolls-Royce made a short presentation about the company, their education programme and career opportunities. This was followed by a tour of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Exhibition.

The winning poster designs have been printed and will be sent to all FMSP registered schools at the start of the Autumn Term.

Pictured in the photo are Catalina Bodrug, Rebecca Woods, Joseph Lindridge and Kevin Lord, FMSP Support Manager.



July 2012: Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) seeks a Director for Secondary for the NCETM
Home-based, with travel throughout England

27/07/2012

MEI is a charity, committed to improving mathematics education for all. It is a major provider of professional development for mathematics teachers and leads the secondary strand of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. The NCETM aims to ensure all teachers of mathematics - from early years to the post-compulsory sector - have access to high quality continuing professional development.
MEI is seeking an expert in secondary mathematics teaching and professional development who can provide strategic expertise to enhance all aspects of the NCETM programme and ensure that its aims and activities appropriately support secondary mathematics teaching.

Salary will be at a competitive rate, depending on skills and experience.
The post is offered initially until 31 March 2014.

For further details please email [email protected] The closing date for applications is 20th August 2012. Interviews will take place on 6th September 2012 at MEI’s offices in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.



July 2012: Winners of the FMSP ‘Maths in Work’ competition

23/07/2012

Two students on work placements with engineering companies have been named as winners of the 2012 Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) ‘Maths in Work’ competition. Will Springthorpe and Alice Hardy both won top prizes for writing a piece to show how they used GCSE/A Level maths in their work. Please see the media release for further details.



July 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Sheffield

09/07/2012

Details of this post based at the University of Sheffield can be seen via the job advertisement.



June 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Leeds

07/06/2012

Details of this post based at the University of Leeds can be seen via the job advertisement.



May 2012: Mathematics in STEM seminar

06/06/2012

On 24 May a seminar for STEM admissions tutors was held at the Royal Academy of Engineering, with a focus on mathematics in STEM and transition issues from school/college to university. The seminar was jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and MEI. Presentations from Peter Main, of the Institute of Physics, Richard Lissaman, of the Further Mathematics Support Programme and Charlie Stripp, of MEI, all emphasised the importance of mathematics for students’ transition to STEM degree courses, and the value of AS/A level Further Mathematics in improving students’ preparation for degree courses, particularly in Engineering and Physics.

The seminar also included input from Chris Millward, of HEFCE, on the implications of student number reforms on STEM, and Mary Curnock Cook, of UCAS, on university admissions reform and STEM.

Presentations are available at the links below:



May 2012: Job Vacancy - New Area Coordinator post based at the University of Northampton

25/05/2012

Details of this post based at the University of Northampton can be seen via the job advertisement.



May 2012: Online FMSP Summer School in Mathematical Problem-Solving for Year 12 Students - ideal as part of preparation for STEP and AEA

24/05/2012

Free FMSP Online Summer School in Mathematical Problem-Solving for Year 12 Students – ideal as part of preparation for STEP and AEA examinations.

During June and July, the FMSP is offering a series of five live online workshops to help year 12 students develop problem-solving skills in pure mathematics.

Workshops will assume knowledge of C1 and C2 mathematics only.

In each workshop, a set of mathematical problems will be considered. Some of these will be made available via the MEI Integral resources prior to the sessions.

A STEP or AEA question will be considered as part of each workshop.

All that is needed to access the sessions is a computer connected to the internet. Students will get chance to interact with the presenter via instant messaging and by online polling.

  • 11th June - Workshop 1: A general introduction to mathematical problem solving
  • 18th June - Workshop 2: Problems based on number
  • 25th June - Workshop 3: Problems based on algebra
  • 3rd July - Workshop 4: Problems based on trigonometry
  • 5th July - Workshop 5: Problems based on calculus

Recordings of the workshops will be made available via the MEI website from September 2012 to January 2013. Resources to support the sessions before and afterwards are available via this webpage.

All Further Mathematics Support Programme registered schools/colleges will receive information about how to access the sessions. If your school/college is not registered with the FMSP then please register by the 4th June in order to receive this information. Online registration



May 2012: A level students flock to 'most demanding' qualification

18/05/2012

Ofqual's report , comparing the standard of international qualifications, states that 'A level Further Mathematics was the broadest and the deepest qualification reviewed.' The FMSP’s media release here provides details.



May 2012: National scholarship (CPD) fund for teachers

04/05/2012

Apply for a scholarship for CPD:

The aim of the national scholarship fund is to provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their specialist or subject knowledge and renew their passion for teaching.

Round one of the scheme ran from June to December 2011. Almost 2,000 teachers applied for a scholarship worth up to £3,500.

Applications for the second round will open on 30 April 2012 and will focus on four priority areas:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • science
  • special education needs and disabilities (SEN/D).

All applications must be submitted online by 19th may 2012. For details and applications please see:
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/careers/traininganddevelopment/funding/b00208025/national-scholarship-fund



May 2012: Issue 6 of the FMSP Newsletter now available

02/05/2012

The sixth issue of the national FMSP Newsletter is now available.

This newsletter is primarily aimed at stakeholders, with a regional newsletter being written and sent out to schools and colleges twice a year.



April 2012: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator for East of England

03/04/2012

Details of this post based at the University of Cambridge can be seen via the Job advertisement.



April 2012: LOPD Spring courses: FP1 and Using Autograph to enhance teaching and learning A level Maths. SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!

27/03/2012

If you would like further information about these courses please visit our LOPD webpage here.



March 2012: Additional Mathematics FSMQ

19/03/2012

OCR’s Level 3 Additional Mathematics FSMQ will now be funded for post 16 students (see paragraph 118 of the Funding Regulations). It continues to be available at KS4, as before.



February 2012: STMC FMSP/UKMT Winners 2012 - Alton College

06/02/2012

Alton College, Hampshire

On February 1st at the Camden Centre, London, 63 teams competed in the 2011/12 STMC Final. The teams had already competed in regional finals, which had taken place all round the UK. The overall winners of the competition were Alton College in Hampshire. Second place went to Dean Close School, Cheltenham and in third place was Headington School, Oxford. During the morning there was also a poster competition, which was won by Royal Grammar School from Newcastle, with Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire in second place and Oakham School in Rutland in third place. Mark Higgins from HP Calculators was able to attend the event and presented the prizes.

2011/12 Winners

2011/12 Poster Competition Winners



January 2012: FMSP Job Vacancies (closing 6th February)

19/01/2012

The Further Mathematics Support Programme is currently recruiting for the posts of:

  • Support Manager: Further Mathematics Support Programme
    The FMSP extends opportunities for students’ to study for Further Mathematics AS/A level qualifications, provides CPD and support for teachers of Further Mathematics and promotes the study of mathematics beyond GCSE. This is a national position in the management of the FMSP.
    Closing date 6 February 2012, interview date 24 February 2012

  • MEI CPD: TAM Deputy Coordinator
    This will involve coordinating and delivering CPD on the ‘Teaching Advanced Mathematics’ course.
    Closing date 6 February 2012, interview date 27 February 2012

  • Key Stage 4 Mathematics Extension/Enrichment Coordinator
    This will involve developing teaching materials and designing and delivering CPD courses to support the extension/enrichment of Key Stage 4 Mathematics.
    Closing date 6 February 2012, interview date 20 February 2012

Please see this document for further details.



January 2012: Support for Further Maths highlighted in the news.

12/01/2012

An article by the Guardian, entitled So who is good enough to get into Cambridge? was published on 10th January. In there it highlights how our Further Mathematics support is available to enable those who would benefit from studying it, to do so.

On 11th January the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, gave a speech at the BETT Show 2012 on education and technology. In his speech he highlighted the work of the FMSP:

I’ve been lucky enough to see first hand in Singapore how brilliant lessons can be delivered through a mixture of online and teacher-led instruction. And in areas of specialist teacher shortage, specialist teaching could be provided for groups of schools online, giving more children the opportunity to learn subjects that were previously closed to them. The Further Maths Support Programme, for example, is using the internet to give poorer families access to specialist help for the STEP papers, which dominate the best universities’ selection process for Maths degree courses.




January 2012: **FREE** taster sessions for online professional development courses

04/01/2012

Places are available on Monday 23rd January, Tuesday 24th January, Wednesday 25th January or Thursday 26th January 2012 - sessions start at 4.30pm. For further information see here.



December 2011: **FREE** online revision sessions announced

13/12/2011

The Further Mathematics Support Programme provides a series of online revision sessions during December/January (and during May/June). Students need no special hardware to access them, just a computer with an internet connection.

The sessions are free to attend and are for students studying through the Further Mathematics Support Programme or attending schools/colleges registered with the Further Mathematics Support Programme.

If you wish to attend any of these sessions, and your school is not FMSP registered then please visit www.furthermaths.org.uk/register.php and details of how to access these sessions will be sent through to you. For further details please contact: [email protected]

A list of all the online revision sessions that will be provided by the FMSP during December 2011 and January 2012 can be seen on the Online Revision page.




November 2011: Let's Keep It Real FMSP Podcast

11/11/2011

The FMSP has produced three episodes of a mathematical discussion podcast, called Let's Keep It Real. We wish to seek feedback on these, which can be accessed via the links below. Please send feedback to Richard Lissaman




November 2011: ALIS and Further Mathematics Statement

09/11/2011

The Advanced Level Information System (ALIS) provides performance indicators for Post-16 students across all sectors of education, both in the UK and Internationally.

The FMSP has been concerned that, for some students with relatively low GCSE scores, the ALIS system sometimes produces apparent anomalies such as projecting a higher grade for Further Mathematics than for Mathematics. Evidence from some teachers suggests that this has led to some students either being deterred from studying Further Mathematics, or being denied the opportunity to study it even when it would have been in their interest to do so.

Such anomalies are partly a consequence of the Further Mathematics projected ALIS grade being based on the cohort of student who take Further Mathematics and the Mathematics projected ALIS grade being based on the larger cohort of all students who take Mathematics.

We have raised this with the ALIS team at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) and they have acknowledged these concerns and provided an explanation in this statement.

It includes the following points:

  • Students who take both Mathematics and Further Mathematics achieve substantially higher grades in their maths than comparable students who take maths alone.

  • For most students, if we know that they are taking Further Mathematics as well as Mathematics this adds between half a grade and one A level grade to our expectation for maths. For those at the lower end of prior performance, the difference is even bigger.

The experience of the FMSP in providing tuition to students in Further Mathematics, together with anecdotal evidence provided by teachers to the FMSP about the benefits of studying Further Mathematics show that:

  • Taking Further Maths can have a significant positive impact on A level Maths performance

  • A weaker GCSE average alone is not a reason to deter a student from taking Further Maths as many such students perform very well on it

We hope that maths teachers find the statement useful as a general endorsement of some of the benefits of taking Further Mathematics and particularly to support cases where students have relatively low GCSE scores, resulting in anomalies with ALIS projected grades.



October 2011: Issue 5 of the FMSP Newsletter now available

21/10/2011

The fifth issue of the national FMSP Newsletter is now available.

This newsletter is primarily aimed at stakeholders, with a regional newsletter being written and sent out to schools and colleges in each of the nine government regions.



October 2011 *NEW* - Online TI-Nspire LOPD course (from November)

12/10/2011

New online course for teachers (from Nov): Using TI-Nspire to enhance teaching & learning in A level Mathematics



September 2011: Live Online Professional Development taster courses

31/08/2011

Find out more about Live Online Professional Development by booking a FREE TASTER COURSE! These are taking place on Mon 19th, Wed 21st and Thurs 22nd September. For further information see here.



August 2011: Cause for celebration as Further Mathematics AS/A level entries rise again

18/08/2011

Entries for AS and A level Further Mathematics have risen yet again. The FMSP’s media release here provides details of the increases.



August 2011: Carol Vorderman’s review of mathematics education

09/08/2011

The report of Carol Vorderman’s review of mathematics education was published today. The FMSP was cited in numerous places within the report. An MEI media release on it can be seen here.



August 2011: City AM continues its campaign to help raise funds from the City to support MEI’s work

09/08/2011

To coincide with the publication of the Vorderman report into mathematics education, City AM has published an article from Charlie Stripp, MEI’s Chief Executive, highlighting the need for more young people to study mathematics beyond GCSE level and how MEI’s work can help to make this happen. This can be seen here.



July 2011: Summer school for teachers new to teaching A Level

19/07/2011

22-26 August 2011 at the National STEM Centre.

Sponsorship from the Clothworkers’ Foundation means that there is no cost to teachers for attending this course.

Course leaders include Sue de Pomerai FMSP Deputy Programme Leader/Student Support Leader.

See here for details.



July 2011: Gove encourages City firms to support the FMSP's funding

05/07/2011

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove endorses MEI’s Further Mathematics Support Programme and appeals to City of London financial institutions to support its long-term funding

In a speech on mathematics and science made at the Royal Society on 29 June, Michael Gove said:

"...We are also committed to the existing programmes that have proven their worth over the past few years. For instance, the performance of the Further Maths Support Programme has been outstanding. The growth in the number taking Further Maths A level is testament to their success.

We protected the FMSP in the Spending Review and I can guarantee that their funding will not be cut for next year. However, this is not enough. They want to expand. That is why today, I have teamed up with CityAM to make an appeal to financial institutions in the City - put some of your profits into supporting the FMSP over the long-term, and ideally make it financially secure and not dependent on the temporary and easily lost affection of politicians.

Since the 2008 crisis, the financial pages have been full of laments from rich bankers and others bemoaning the lack of mathematical understanding among the population and among political leaders. OK, let’s do something about it. Although I personally strongly support the FMSP, I will not, many of you will be pleased to hear, be Secretary of State for ever. The health of organisations such as FMSP should not depend on a politician’s whim. It would be better if it had its own independent sources of money and I think many people would agree that the City has both an obligation and an incentive to help. Allister Heath, the paper’s brilliant editor, has today launched an appeal to his readers. Let’s hope this succeeds. I’m sure Adam Smith would approve - it would not only be a moral good but it would also be in the long-term interests of the City."

In his response, published in City AM, Charlie Stripp, MEI’s Chief Executive, said:

"With extra resources to enable them to train more teachers to teach at this level, and support more schools and colleges to improve their mathematics provision, MEI and the FMSP could do even more to expand opportunities for young people to learn the mathematical skills needed to support our economy."

Download Michael Gove’s full speech here
Download CityAM’s coverage here



June 2011: New professional development scholarship scheme

29/06/2011

MEI’s professional development courses, including TFM and TAM, may be eligible for this funding. For information please see this leaflet.



May 2011: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator for East Midlands

24/05/2011

Details for this post based at Loughborough University can be seen via the Job advertisement.



May 2011: Issue 4 of the FMSP Newsletter now available

23/05/2011

The fourth issue of the national FMSP Newsletter is now available.

This newsletter is primarily aimed at stakeholders, with a regional newsletter being written and sent out to schools and colleges in each of the nine government regions.



May 2011: FMSP Phase 2 Evaluation Report

12/05/2011

The next evaluation report from the FMSP's external evaluators, CEM at Durham University has now been published. It reflects upon the vast amount of excellent work that is being done by the FMSP. It is available here.



May 2011: Leeds University Maths Teachers Conference

05/05/2011

30th Mathematics Teachers and Advisers Conference
1.30 - 5pm, Tuesday 28 June 2011
School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
For more information please see their website.



May 2011: Job Vacancy - FMSP Support Manager

05/05/2011

The Further Mathematics Support Programme is currently recruiting for the post of Support Manager. Please see the job advertisement for details.



April 2011: Job Vacancy - Area Coordinator for London (East)

05/05/2011

Please see the Job advertisement.

If you have any queries about the post, please contact Sue de Pomerai.



April 2010: Maths in the City Competition

05/04/2011

A new project - Maths in the City - has just been launched to reveal the maths hiding in our urban surroundings. The project is led by Marcus du Sautoy and is based at the University of Oxford. The project is working with a team of volunteer mathematicians to develop walking tours of Oxford and London taking the public on a mathematical adventure of the city.

The organisers need you your help:

We are running a competition, open to all, asking people to share their mathematical stories of the city. It might be a piece of interesting architecture, a mathematical sculpture or the maths behind something more mundane, such as traffic lights. We’re looking for:

  • interesting examples of maths in the urban environment,
  • clear explanations of some maths you see in your city,
  • great demonstrations of your mathematical ideas on the street.

Winning entries will become part of our virtual mathscape of cities around the world and will help Marcus and the team develop their walking tours. And, of course, you can win great prizes including:

  • a subscription to Nature, kindly provided by Nature Publishing Group,
  • best-selling popular science books, including the “Last Word” series kindly donated by New Scientist,
  • having a mathematical object named after you,
  • and showcasing your entry with other finalists at an event in Oxford on 18 June with Marcus and his team.

Anyone is welcome to enter the competition — young, old, students, teachers, researchers, member of the public, journalists... — and the stories can come from any city across the UK or around the world. The competition is open for entries from 4 April to 3 May 2011. You can find all the details at http://www.mathsinthecity.com



March 2011: LMS Popular Lectures 2011

16/03/2011

This year, the London Mathematical Society's Popular Lectures will be held at:

  • Institute of Education, London - Wednesday 29 June
  • University of Birmingham - Thursday 29 September

This free annual event consists of two lectures which are designed to be suitable for a non-specialist audience (although a knowledge of A-Level Maths can be useful, it is not essential).

To register for tickets, please email Lee-Anne Parker ([email protected]) or visit the LMS website for a registration form (http://www.lms.ac.uk/content/popular-lectures).



Feb 2011: The Distant Mathematics Challenge 2011 (Durham University)

28/02/2011

Durham University have designed a Mathematics Challenge to select students who will be invited to the Durham Gifted and Talented Summer School in August 2011. However, their wider mission is to promote mathematical thinking, so submissions from everyone in years 7 to 13 are welcome.

Please see the question sheet for the mathematical problems.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Thursday 24th March 2011.



Feb 2011: Work of FMSP highlighted in Royal Society Report

16/02/2011

'State of the nation' - preparing for the transfer from school and college science and mathematics education to UK STEM higher education has recently been published by the Royal Society.

On page 40 it is highlighted that:

"...the overall growth in further mathematics entries is impressive, and this undoubtedly owes much to the efforts of the Further Mathematics Support Programme which, working closely with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, has had something of a transformational impact (Searle 2009)."



Feb 2011: Russell Group report on post-16 choices

04/02/2011

Informed choices - A Russell Group guide to making decisions about post-16 education has recently been published.

Towards the end they list many different degree courses and say which subjects are essential and which are useful. Further Mathematics is highlighted in many of the courses reviewed as being useful.



Feb 2011: Engineering Mathematics Network Meetings

02/02/2011

Please see this document for further details of when and where the meetings will be taking place.



Jan 2011: *Free* Live Online Numerical Methods Sessions

18/01/2011

The Further Mathematics Support Programme are pleased to offer teachers a unique opportunity to join scheduled 'live' online sessions that will summarise mathematical content and techniques for Numerical Methods. Full details and how to enrol can be found on the LOPD page.



Jan 2011: *Free* online revision sessions

04/01/2011

The Further Mathematics Support Programme provides a full series of online revision sessions during December/January and during May/June. Students need no special hardware to access them, just a computer with an internet connection.

The sessions are free to attend and are for students studying through the Further Mathematics Support Programme or attending schools/colleges registered with the Further Mathematics Support Programme.

If you wish to attend any of these sessions, and your school is not FMSP registered then please visit www.furthermaths.org.uk/register.php and details of how to access these sessions will be sent through to you.



Dec 2010: The Joy of Stats - Tuesday 7th December BBC4

04/12/2010

Don't miss 'The Joy of Stats', Tuesday 7 December, BBC4 - see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l

Dec 2010: School and college closures

03/12/2010

The FMSP has been helping students during recent school/college closures by making available recorded revision sessions to help them prepare for their January examination. Over the coming weeks it will also be running a programme of free live online revision events. For full details see the home page of this website.



Nov 2010: Live online professional development - NEW FOR JANUARY 2011

26/11/2010

Supporting STEP – a five week course for teachers who want to support their students who are taking the STEP papers.

Using ICT to enhance teaching and learning in A level Mathematics

Both of these courses start in January 2011 – book now to avoid disappointment.

The remaining LOPD courses for Spring 2011 are due to start in February.

Information on all courses and application forms are now available on the LOPD page.



Nov 2010: Live online professional development - Free taster sessions

26/11/2010

Following the success of the LOPD taster sessions in October, we are pleased to announce that there will be more taster sessions available in January and February 2011. To book a place on one of these sessions please go to the booking page.



Nov 2010: Interim Evaluation of FMSP

22/11/2010

The Interim Report on Phase 2 of the Further Mathematics Support Programme can now be viewed here.


Nov 2010: MA Statement on Early Entry for GCSE

10/11/2010

The Mathematical Association has, via its 'We say' page on its website, released a statement on:
Early and Repeated Presentation for GCSE Mathematics



Nov 2010: 13th IMA Early Career Mathematicians Conference

08/11/2010

The 13th IMA Early Career Mathematicians Conference takes place at the London Mathematical Society in Central London on 20th November. For further details see the IMA Flyer.

Although attendees are usually graduates, both undergraduates and school/college students are welcome.

Stephen Lee, the FMSP Data Analyst/Web Manager, is Vice-Chair of the Early Career Mathematicians Group.



October 2010: International Millenium Youth Camp, Finland

22/10/2010

The application process for the 2011 international Millenium Youth Camp starts on 15th October 2010. The first-ever MY Camp was organised in Helsinki in June 2010. Almost one thousand applications were received from 62 countries and from all continents, and 30 talented young people from 14 countries were selected as participants. The camp got excellent feedback from all the MY Campers and organisers. MY Camp is free of charge for the participants. Further information on applying for the 2011 MY Camp can be seen here.

October 2010: Issue 3 of FMSP Newsletter now available

21/10/2010

The third issue of the national FMSP Newsletter is now avaialble. This newsletter is primarily aimed at stakeholders, with a regional newsletter being written and sent out to schools and colleges in each of the nine governement regions.

October 2010: STEP/AEA Online Tuition

11/10/2010

MEI provides real-time online tutorials and teaching sessions in STEP and AEA Mathematics. Students can access live interactive tuition at a time and location to suit them through an online learning platform. For further information, including an application form, see: MEI Website

October 2010: LOPD application deadline has been extended

04/10/2010

The deadline for applications for LOPD courses this Autumn has been extended until the end of October. There are still a few places left on the courses, please go to the LOPD Page for course details and applications.

September 2010: FMSP student's online survey - Prize draw winner

30/09/2010

The FMSP recently sought feedback from students who had studied via the FMSP. We would like to thank all those who completed the survey, your comments and suggestions are always appreciated.

The lucky participant chosen at random to receive a TI-Nspire graphic calculator was Alexander Porter from the West Midlands, congratulations to him.



September 2010: GCE Mathematics Aggregation Rules - Guidance for HE

14/09/2010

GCE Mathematics Aggregation Rules - Guidance for Higher Education Institutions is a very useful document for universities to be aware of and understand.

For example it explains that when grading Mathematics and Further Mathematics, the highest possible grade in Mathematics is awarded first so if AC and BB are both possible pairs of grades, AC will be given in preference to BB.



September 2010: Oxford Entrance Test - Online Course

03/09/2010

MEI is providing an online course for those preparing for the Oxford Entrance Test in Autumn 2010. The course consists of 6 one-hour sessions for a total fee of £50.

More details can be found in this leaflet. Applications can be made by post or by e-mail attachment (please use the editable .doc version of the application form to do this). Details of where to submit you application are given on the form.

Application form (.doc)

Application form (.pdf)

August 2010: AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics numbers continue to increase dramatically

20/08/2010

The number of students taking A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics has reached an all time high this year and today’s A-Level results are a real cause for celebration; the best results since records began 20 years ago.

Click here to see the full media release.



August 2010: Mathematics/Further Mathematics A Level uptake with grade comparisons

19/08/2010

The proportion of students achieving top grades in Mathematics and Further Mathematics is higher than other subjects and proportion of females taking Mathematics and Further Mathematics is increasing. More details and further data

August 2010: "Maths in the City" job at Oxford University

12/08/2010

The FMSP is keen to engage the wider public in mathematics. A job opportunity to do this has arisen at Oxford University. Details of the post can be seen here.

July 2010: Mathematical Sciences Events at British Science Festival

14/07/2010

The Mathematical Sciences Events at British Science Festival, Birmingham, on 14th-19th September 2010 have been released. They can be seen via this information sheet. Many of those involved have also been involved with FMSP events.

July 2010: Register/update registration details with the FMSP for 2010-11

07/07/2010

You are now able to register/update registration details (if already registered) with the FMSP for the 2010/11 academic year. Further details can be seen on the Registration page.

June 2010: FMSP staff will be attending the MathsJam

17/06/2010

Many of the FMSP staff will be attending the 'MathsJam' taking place in the Midlands on 13-14th November. Further details can be seen at: MathsJam Website

June 2010: Winning students inspire interest in Mathematics

14/06/2010

A press release has been made with respect to the 2010 FMSP student poster competition. Please see the link under 'Media releases' (on the bar on the right), or click here.



June 2010: National maths experiment - Is your school involved?

01/06/2010

As part of the British Science Festival, to be held in Birmingham in September this year, Aston University is running a mass schools experiment to test a mathematical hypothesis on knot formation, or not knot formation! This brochure gives details.



June 2010: FM Knowledge Networks, funded through the NCETM

29/05/2010

If you are an experienced teacher of Further Mathematics who would like to share ideas and expertise with others, or if you would like to develop your Further Mathematics teaching skills with the support of more experienced teachers, you should consider getting involved in a Further Mathematics Knowledge Network (FMKN). Please contact Sue de Pomerai and/or your local FMSP Area Coordinator to find out more.

This article gives details of the North West FMKN, run by FMSP Area Coordinator Abi Bown.

Details of how to set up an FMKN with funding through the NCETM can be found here.



May 2010: FMSP National Newsletter, Spring Issue

13/05/2010

The FMSP National Newsletter Spring Issue has recently been published. It can be viewed here.



May 2010: Teaching Further Mathematics applications being taken

13/05/2010

We are now taking applications for TFM 2010. For information and an application form please go to: TFM Pages.



April 2010: STEM Ambassadors feature in FM case studies

21/04/2010

Case studies showing examples of how taking Further Mathematics helps people to succeed in their university education and careers have been made available. The first examples, which can be seen here, feature a number of STEM Ambassadors.



April 2010: Core Topic Revision Session recordings available

01/04/2010

Fifteen topic session recordings for AS/A Level Core units are available via the following link: Core Recordings.



March 2010: Live online PD courses

05/03/2010

Courses in Mechanics 2 and Mathematics in the level 3 Engineering diploma will be starting after Easter. For more information please see: Live online PD pages.



March 2010: Big ideas in A Level Mathematics CPD 18/27 March

04/03/2010

Thursday 18th March and Saturday 27th March see two more CPD days on 'Big ideas in A Level Mathematics'. Full details of these events can be seen here.



March 2010: Feedback sought on Online Resources

02/03/2010

MEI is currently seeking feedback from users of their Online Resources. Schools/colleges that register with the FMSP receive a free single user login to the resources. We would be very pleased if you could make time to complete the survey, which can be found once you login to the resources site itself.



March 2010: Conference for Teachers of Mathematics

01/03/2010

Durham University is hosting an exciting and innovative conference for teachers of mathematics from 11th to 13th April 2010. You can see further details on their webpages.



February 2010: Teaching Further Mathematics course starting July 2010

17/02/2010

You can now apply for the Teaching Further Mathematics course, which starts in July 2010. For further information please see the TFM webpages.



February 2010: Residential Maths Masterclass 7th-9th April

23/01/2010

Royal Holloway, University of London, are running a residential Maths Masterclass for sixth form students from 7th to 9th April. There are still 10 places for students left on this course. Full details and application forms are available from the RHUL website: www.rhul.ac.uk/science-outreach/classes.html



January 2010: FMSP Vacancy South East

13/01/2010

The Further Mathematics Support Programme is looking to appoint a half time Area Co-ordinator in the South East region.

The person appointed will have a good knowledge of Mathematics A level, Further Mathematics. They will work as part of a team of three Area Coordinators across the South East region, playing a key role in the operation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme, contributing to the strategic development and decision making for the area. The person appointed will be employed by Royal Holloway, but will not have to work from the University.

Full details are available at http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Personnel/Ads/X1209-4563.html



January 2010: FMSP helps students during school closures

13/01/2010

The FMSP has been able to provide recordings of C1 revision sessions that will be particularly useful for teachers and schools affected by school closures. See our press release for details.



January 2010: Core 1 Topic Revision Session recordings available

08/01/2010

Four topic session recordings for Core 1 are available via the following link: C1 Recordings.



January 2010: Online revision sessions for the upcoming examinations continue in January

06/01/2010

Information on the dates of online revision sessions for FMSP students and FMSP registered schools students can be seen here.



December 2009: Durham University Distant Mathematics Challenge 2010

20/12/2009

Durham University have designed a Mathematics Challenge to select students who will be invited to the Durham Gifted and Talented Summer School in August 2010. However, their wider mission is to promote mathematical thinking, so submissions from everyone in years 9 to 13 are welcome.

Please see the info sheet for the 10 mathematical problems.



December 2009: Dates of online revision sessions for FMSP students and FMSP registered schools students now available

09/12/2009

Information on the dates of online revision sessions for FMSP students and FMSP registered schools students can be seen here.



December 2009: 'Headstart' summer residential course for Further Mathematics students at the University of Durham

07/12/2009

The FMSP has been working with Headstart to set up university residential courses for A level Further Mahematics studets. The first course will take place at the University of Durham from the 5th to the 8th of July.
More information and an application form.



December 2009: FMSP National Newsletter, Autumn 2009

07/12/2009

The FMSP Autumn National Newsletter has recently been published. It can be viewed here.



November 2009: FMSP Vacancy South West

20/11/2009

FMSP South West Area Coordinator Ted Graham is looking for somebody to work with him at the University of Plymouth on the FMSP project. A lot of the work would be tutoring in the Plymouth area, but it would also involve revision days, enrichment days and CPD. The post is a 0.3 part-time and runs until the end of August 2011. Ted would be keen to see somebody start as soon as possible, but do not let that put you off applying. It may be possible arrange a secondment.

The advertisement can be found here. Please do get in touch with Ted if you want to know more.



November 2009: Royal Statistical Society CPD course for teachers of pre-university statistics

17/11/2009

This course starts in December and is suitable for teachers of AS/A level Maths and Further Mathematics who want to develop their knowledge of statistics. See flyer for details.



October 2009: FMSP and NCETM Further Mathematics support meetings

14/10/2009

The Further Mathematics Support Programme and the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics are holding a series of meetings for Further Maths teachers and those interested in teaching Further Mathematics.

For further information see this page

These Further Mathematics Support Meetings take place immediately after the STEM Subject Coaching meetings for Mathematics.



October 2009: STEM Specialist Subject Networks

14/10/2009

As part of the ongoing work to support the Learning and Skills Sector the LSIS STEM Programme is running a series of network events in Science, Maths and Engineering during the Autumn term.

For further information see this page.



October 2009: Meeting to discuss FMSP support for mathematics within the Level 3 Engineering Dilpoma

14/10/2009

A meeting organised through the FMSP to discuss the mathematics elements of the Level 3 Engineering Dilpoma is taking place at the University of Loughborough on Thursday 5 November. The programme includes input from an Engineering amissions tutor, the AQA principal examiner and a teacher who is currently teaching the course. It also discusses resources and support available to teachers and lecturers. The programme and enrolment form can be downloaded here.



October 2009: 11th IMA Younger Mathematicians Conference.

01/10/2009

The 11th IMA Younger Mathematicians Conference takes place in Birmingham on 14th November. For further details see the IMA webpages.

Stephen Lee, the FMSP Data Analyst/Web Manager, is a member of the Younger Mathematicians committee and shall be attending this event should any attendees wish to discuss anything involving Mathematics Education.



September 2009: New FMSP Leaflet for Head Teachers and Principals

16/09/2009

The FMSP has produced a new leaflet for Head Teachers of schools teaching at Key Stage 5, and Principals of colleges. We hope this will encourage more schools and colleges to offer their students the opportunity to study for Further Mathematics qualifications. The leaflet will be issued by post later this month together with a poster for of a new competition we are launching.



September 2009: Summer 2009 student survey prize draw winner

16/09/2009

Congratulations to Martin Evans, a former Further Mathematics Network student from Derbyshire, who is the lucky winner of the prize draw of our summer 2009 student survey. Martin will receive a £100 Waterstone’s voucher.



August 2009: NCETM Mathematics Knowledge Networks

28/08/2009

In the next round of NCETM Mathematics Knowledge Network grants NCETM is keen for teachers from sixth form and FE who are teaching A level to take part. They will get £2,000 to do research in their own school or network.



August 2009 - AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics numbers continue to increase dramatically

20/08/2009

The numbers of students taking AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications have increased very significantly this year. The Further Mathematics increases are the highest of any mainstream A level subject.

Click here to see the full media release.



August 2009: FMSP Launched

03/07/2009

On 1st August 2009 the Further Mathematics Support Programme came into existence. For more information please see the recent press release.