To support teachers of post-16 maths, including Core Maths, A level Maths and A level Further Maths, we work in partnership with the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP). We also offer Work Groups specifically for post-16 teachers, and have relevant podcasts, features and blog posts across our website. Links to all our own materials, and to our partners’ relevant content, can be found below.
The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme
The NCETM and Maths Hubs work in partnership with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), a government-funded initiative managed by MEI. It aims to increase participation in Core Maths, AS/A level Maths and Further Maths, and to improve the teaching of these Level 3 maths qualifications.
The programme provides national support for teachers and students in state-funded schools and colleges in England. Additional support is offered in areas of low social mobility so that, whatever their gender, background or location, students can choose their best post-16 maths pathway and have access to high quality teaching. Resources and strategies for encouraging girls to take maths beyond GCSE, as well as useful research and data, are all available on the AMSP's new webpage.
Maths Hubs Post-16 Work Groups
There are four Maths Hubs Work Groups aimed specifically at post-16 teachers, and several others that post-16 teachers may be interested in. In each case, Work Groups take place at a local level, but are part of a national project.
The Developing A Level Pedagogy project provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Maths, to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students. Its aim is to develop and sustain regional communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers. It involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the AMSP.
The Developing Core Maths Pedagogy project gives teachers opportunities – through collaboration and experimentation – to develop improved teaching approaches that support the open-ended problem-solving skills Core Maths students need, and share these with departmental colleagues. It involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the AMSP.
The Supporting Post-16 GCSE Resit project explores effective ways of teaching key content to GCSE resit students, and working with teachers of post-16 resit GCSE. Participation in it enables teachers to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum demands of GCSE Maths and their awareness of pedagogical approaches that best support students taking GCSE for the second time.
The New to Teaching Core Maths project supports teachers who are new to teaching Core Maths in developing specialist knowledge of the course and to increase their confidence in teaching it. The project has a focus on Core Maths subject knowledge and pedagogy and will be based on the six key themes which are common to all the Core Maths specifications.
Centres for Excellence in Maths
The Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme is a national improvement project aimed at delivering a step change in maths teaching up to Level 2 in post-16 settings. It is funded by the Department for Education (DfE), which has chosen the Education and Training Foundation, the national workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector, to manage and lead this programme on its behalf.
Podcasts, features and blog posts
We have published a wide variety of articles designed to answer questions around, and provide support to those teaching, post-16 maths qualifications. If you would like to share your own reflections on teaching maths at post-16, please get in touch.
- Core Maths five years on
- How can schools and colleges offer Core Maths?
- How to get students taking Core Maths
- Charlie’s Angles – All post-16 providers should consider offering Core Maths
- Charlie's Angles – The importance of Core Maths and the support available
- How and why one Yorkshire school is teaching Core Maths
- Podcast episode – Core Maths: not just more maths
- Remote teaching: the digital revolution?
- Should more girls be taking A level Maths?
- Ten calculations A level students should do on a calculator
- Podcast episode – An audience with the exam boards
- Podcast episode – Entry requirement for A level Maths
- Charlie’s Angles – Reflection on the uptake of AS/A level Maths, AS/A level Further Maths and Core Maths
- Charlie's Angles – If it’s Friday it must be GCSE resit
- Charlie’s Angles - GCSE resits: grasping the nettle
Useful papers and documents
Please note that these links take you to external websites.