Summer term CPD for new A level

There are a number of opportunities for colleagues to engage in professional development preparing them for the new A levels in Maths and Further maths about to start in September 2017.

See below and where appropriate click on links for details.

Title Date Venue Cost
Underground maths: Looking at A level resources  25th April (full day) Adwick FREE
Get Set (principles of new A level) 15th May (full day) Meadowhall £90
Get Set (principles of new A level) 5th June (full day) Meadowhall £90
Use of technology in the new A level - followed by 13th June (1/2 day) Adwick FREE
Use of new A level calculator (Casio training) after school Adwick FREE
Get Set (principles of new A level) 14th June (full day) Meadowhall £90
New to Statistics at A level 22nd June (full day) Meadowhall FREE
Upskilling for Statistics in new A level 27th June (1/2 day) Notre Dame FREE
New to Mechanics at A level 29th June (full day) Maltby FREE
Preparing for Further Maths (curriculum support suitable for HoDs & KS5 coordinators) 5th July (full day) STEM centre York FREE
A level Active - improving your teaching strategies 13th July (full day) Maltby FREE
Enrichment & Extension: Reasoning & Proof (GCSE) 17th July Adwick  FREE
Get Set (Use of Technology) 25th Sept (full day) Meadowhall £90

 

Big Data sets (files for use at technology network meeting).

MEI

MEI (info sheet)

AQA

Edexcel

OCR

 

Use of technology (introduction) presentation

Large Data Sets presentation

AQA workbook

Edexcel workbook

MEI workbook

 

For further information about CPD opportunities or support with the new A level please contact Pete Sides at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Implications of the new A Levels

Nationally some schools consider the implications.

As the new A levels are being planned for a number of schools and colleges are making changes to the way they offer A levels. For many schools the offer to year 12 and 13 students has not changed. The typical situation was for students to take 4 AS levels in Year 12 and reduce to 3 A levels in Year 13.

 

A number of schools are now indicating the standard A level offer has reduced to 3 A levels for the majority of students. In most cases institutions have stopped offering AS levels at the end of year 12 except for subjects that were still modular and AS marks still counting towards the A level grade.

 

The most common reason for this were the changes to the A level specifications and post-16 funding arrangements.

"Live Interactive Lectures are an economically viable way of offfering FM and retaining a school's best students."

 

Some schools are also reporting new criteria/requirements for students wishing to study 4 A levels. In general this is an increase in prior attainment at GCSE.

Additionally a number of schools are expecting students to take an “enrichment” course in their 4th option block. Typical choices offered include GCSE resits for English & Maths, Core Maths, EPQ & AS/A level Further Mathematics.

 

As always FMSP and SYMH will be keen to support schools in addressing the A level changes and supporting them in making Further Maths and Core Maths available to students in addition to A level Maths.

"All students should be encouraged to study an appropriate level of Maths to throughout their years of study"

 

If you wish to arrange a visit from your local area co-ordinator to consider the support available for your school, please contact Pete at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Considerations for schools and colleges considering changing their Maths A level offer

  • 1. If an “enrichment” to 3 A levels is an option schools/colleges should consider offering the full range of Maths options including Core Maths or AS Maths or AS Further Maths. Each of which could be taken over 2 years.
  • 2. FMSP can support students to follow Further Maths on a reduced contact time using Live Interactive Lectures and Integral online resources. For many students this would be more beneficial preparation for Higher Education than EPQ. The pricing of LIL is also more viably economical for schools.
  • 3. AS and A level Maths and Further Maths are co-teachable and so AS/A level Further Maths can be taught alongside AS/A level Mathematics
  • 4. There is a 10% uplift in funding for students following large programmes (4 A levels) providing an approximate £400 per student per year.
  • 5. A level Further Maths is an essential requirement for students wishing to study mathematics at a prestigious university
  • 6. AS Further Maths is a very useful subject in preparing students for STEM degrees and can be studied over 2 years.
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Underground Maths

 CMEP

A free day course for A level Mathematics teachers to explore how the Underground Maths online resources support the overarching themes in the new Mathematics A level : Venue Notre Dame High School

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The course aims for participants to:

Explore a range of resources on the CMEP website

Understand the philosophy for teaching and learning mathematics which underpins the CMEP project

Maximise the impact of the resources in the classroom

Course fees and application:

The course is free of charge to all teachers of A level Mathematics in state-funded schools. Refreshments, lunch and resources are included. Two teachers per school/college are welcome to apply for this course.

For further details and online application form, see www.mei.org.uk/underground-mathematics

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SoMaS

The School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS) at the University of Sheffield in conjunction with the Further Maths Support Programme offers sessions for year 12 & year 13 to enhance and extend their Mathematical studies.

These include the ..

Year 12 Advanced Problem Solving LINK

Year 13 Advanced Problem Solving LINK

STEP preparation course LINK

Follow the links for further information and dates or click here for the University's outreach page.

To book or further details students can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

In addition the University hosts a regional heat of the UKMT the Senior Maths Team Challenge

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FMSP

Not just aimed at Further Maths!
The Further Maths Support Programme continues to support schools across the country. Whilst the cebtral aim of the FMSP is to ensure access to the further maths A level the support for schools is much wider, encompassing 11-16 schools with support for the highest achieving KS4 students and enouraging girls take-up of post 16 maths included in the national aims, in addition to our local aims to build an effective network of KS5 representatives from schools and colleges, to provide local opportunities for professional development and to engage more students in enhancement activity.
 
How does my school benefit from this?
Register with the FMSP for free and your school will have access to advice, support and high quality resources & CPD programmes.
Schools can request a 1:1 appointment with the area coordinator to discuss how the FMSP can support your needs.
Please email Pete on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
SYMH will distribute the monthly e-newsletter Update for schools.
To receive these updates please register your email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
FMSP will organise termly South Yorkshire Key Stage 5 meetings
 

FMSP & SYMH will organise local professional development

 

Nationally organised professional development opportunities for staff - click to follow the links

Live Online Professional Development (LOPD)

Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM)

Teaching Further Mathematics (TFM)

Teaching Mechanics (TM)

Teaching Statistics (TS)

KS4 Extension & Enrichment (E&E)

 

Student Tuition

Live Interactive Lectures (LIL)

Live Online Tuition (LOT)

 

Enhancement & engagement activities for students - click here for E&E page

Year 9 Summer Snacks

Year 10 Maths Feast

Year 11/12 Maths Inspiration

Senior Team Maths Challenge

Year 12/13 Problem Solving & STEP preparation

 
Follow this link to the FMSP website for more information. about the Further Maths Support Programme.

 

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Core Maths

It all adds up
The first Core Maths programmes being completed in 2016 and students receiving their first qualifications, the Core Maths Support Programme is fundamental to supporting schools through information & resource development. Local support and advice is available via the local representative Paul Bristow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the work of the central team of the CMSP is represented via this webpage.
 
How can my school benefit from this?

Across the country a number of schools were given the responsibility to co-ordinate the "Early Adopters" of the Core Maths. In our region King Ecgberts School, Sheffield have led the way. Two further schools in our region have been successfully working as "Early Developers", these are King Edward VII in Sheffield and Wales High School in Rotherham. We hope to learn from their experiences and SYMH will continue to post information on this website as well as provide links to useful sites such as the CMSP.

See below for a message from the region's Core Maths Area coordinator Paul Bristow

 

Core Maths 4 ways we can help!!

 

Below is information about supporting centres with Core Maths.

 

What is Core Maths?

 

Core Maths is a Level 3 qualification designed to help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical knowledge. It helps students maintain and further develop mathematical skills for university and employment. Any students with a GCSE grade C (4) or above is suitable to study Core Maths.

 

If you are already teaching Core Maths you may be interested in joining the South Yorkshire Core Maths Working Group.

 

If you are considering starting to teach Core Maths in 2017/18 or are interested in finding out more about the course you may wish to attend the briefing session below.

 

South Yorkshire Core Maths Support Group

 

  • Teaching Core Maths for the first time this year and want some support and advice?
  • Already teaching Core Maths and would like the chance to discuss with other Core Maths teachers the best way to support your students?

    If the answer to any of the above is yes then come along to the South Yorkshire Core Maths Work Group.

    The aims of the Work Group is to support all centres by

 

  • looking at the best available resources for teaching Core Maths
  • promoting the problem solving ethos of the course
  • promoting Core Maths to students, parents and Senior Leaders
  • considering different models to deliver the course
  • considering the best ways to assess students
  • preparing students for the examination including pre release material
  • ensuring all teachers are confident to deliver Core Maths

    There will be 1 meeting each term looking at various aspects of Core Maths teaching.

    Meeting will take place on the following dates

 

Date

Time

Venue

Wednesday 14th December

4.30- 6.30 pm

The Source Academy Meadowhall Sheffield

Wednesday 1st February

4.30- 6.30 pm

 

Wednesday 26th April

4.30- 6.30 pm

 

 

 

The agenda for the first meeting will be

 

Core Maths Briefing

 

Have you heard of Core Maths and want to find out more about it?

 Planning to introduce Core Maths in 2017/18?

 Do you want to provide opportunities for post 16 students to study mathematics but in a more problem solving/practical way than A level?



If the answer to any of these question is yes then come along and learn more at one of the sessions below. The course will be led by Paul Bristow (Core Maths Lead)

 

Date

Time

Venue

Wednesday 30th November

4.30- 6.30 pm

The Source Academy Meadowhall Sheffield

 

 

Who is this suitable for?

 

Heads of Maths/Maths teachers interested in finding out more about Core Maths

Senior leaders responsible for curriculum

 

This CPD session will

 

 

Additional Performance Measures

‘The government has set the ambition that by 2020 the vast majority of young people continue to study maths to age 18. For students who have already gained a good pass at GCSE, we will introduce an additional measure (in 2017) showing the percentage who achieve an approved level 3 maths qualification, which includes new Core Maths qualifications to be introduced for first teaching in September 2015.’

 

 

Regional Support Meeting for Core Maths

 Please follow the link for details of Regional Support meetings delivered by the Core Maths Support Programme.

South Yorkshire schools and colleges should attend the Midlands meeting in Nottingham.

http://www.core-maths.org/the-cmsp/events/

 

 

 

Visit King Ecgbert School

 

This is the 3rd year King Ecgbert School has delivered Core Maths. If you would like to visit the school (Core Maths lessons are on Monday morning) where you can observe part of a lesson and also discuss any issues with Paul Bristow (Core Maths Lead) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a visit

 

 

Anecdotally staff have reported positive attitudes towards the core maths resources and structure of the programme. SYMH would love to hear from your experiences in Core Maths and examples of best practice and student achievement.  

There are also a growing number of resources being made available via examining bodies, see attachments below.


 

 

 

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