AS & A Level Mathematics
September 2017 saw the first teaching of the new linear mathematics AS and A levels, with the first examinations taking place in summer 2018. Changes include:
The AS has been decoupled from the A Level so will not count towards the A level grade anymore. All Assessment will take place at the end of the course.
The new A level specification require students to study common content comprising of pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics no matter which examination board is used.
The DfE have published the following document relating to AS and A Level content: DfE AS & A Level Content
For information on individual organisations new specifications, please click on the relevant links below. Eduqas will not be offering AS and A Level Mathematics from September 2017.
There are a number of CPD opportunities in the region for teachers and AS and A Level Mathematics. Please follow the links below for full details.
Statistics specific CPD:
Mechanics specific CPD:
Upcoming support in the Yorkshire Region
Live Online Professional Development Key Stage 5 Coordinator Development (Starting 8 Nov 2018) Innovative courses to enable teachers to teach A level Mathematics, Further
Mathematics and Core Maths with confidence
York KS5 Network meeting (7 Dec 2018) This meeting will focus on the new style of questions from the summer 2018 A Level papers & examiners feedback. The meeting will be led by Rob Cackett, Senior Products Manager for Mathematics Qualifications at Pearson who will be available to answer any questions. There will also be time to look through the 2018 papers from other specifications
Sheffield KS5 Mathematics Network (13 Dec 2018) Revision and Preparation for the first sitting of linear A Levels
Teaching & Learning A Level Mechanics (15 Jan 2018) Bradford The session will focus on teaching & learning methodology for a selection of Mechanics topics which were in the legacy ‘Mechanics 2’ module, but are now in AS/AL Mathematics. This is aimed at delegates who have previously only taught ‘Mechanics 1’ or have no previous experience of teaching Mechanics.
Use of Geogebra in GCSE and A level Mathematics Hull (21 Jan 2019) This course is split into two twilight sessions, the first suitable for beginners, and a second session exploring more advanced features. Teachers are welcome to attend either or both sessions.
Teaching & Learning A Level Mechanics (29 Jan 2019) Leeds The session will focus on teaching & learning methodology for a selection of Mechanics topics which were in the legacy ‘Mechanics 2’ module, but are now in AS/AL Mathematics. This is aimed at delegates who have previously only taught ‘Mechanics 1’ or have no previous experience of teaching Mechanics.
WORKGROUP: ‘Embedding A-level Technology’ run by Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub
Session 1 16 October 2018
Session 2 27 November 2018
Session 3 22 Jan 2019
Session 4 26 March 2019
Session 5 14 May 2019
Session 6 18 June 2019
To book go to https://ogat.wufoo.com/forms/mu95c3u093pf11/
WORKGROUP: ‘Developing A level Pedagogy’ run by West Yorkshire Maths Hub
This FREE work group is for experienced teachers and leaders of KS5 maths. It will address pedagogical challenges in the new A level and allow attendees to work collaboratively in order to address them. West Yorkshire Maths Hub is running this work group in partnership with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme.
For more information see https://wymathshub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/A-Level-Pedagogy.pdf
WORKGROUP: ‘Embedding A-level Technology’ run by Archimedes Maths Hub
Starting on 23 January 2019. The new A level requires that the use of technology ‘permeates’ study of mathematics. This Work Group, run in partnership with the Advanced Maths Support Programme, will explore practical approaches for integrating technology in the A Level Mathematics (or Further Mathematics) curriculum. Participants will explore where, when and how to use technology to enhance students’ learning, understanding and experience, and will develop their own technology skills. The underlying theme of each Work Group is to develop participants as technology champions in their own departments.
WORKGROUP: ‘Embedding A-level Technology’ run by South Yorkshire Maths Hub
This Embedding Technology Workgroup is being led by Laura Brown. Sessions take place at the Outwood Conference Centre, Doncaster. For more information see https://www.symathshub.org.uk/index.php/post-16/item/131-technology
WORKGROUP: ‘Developing A-level Pedagogy’ run by Great North Maths Hub
Who is this for? People leading development of mathematics teaching and learning in departments with A Level provision and other experienced A Level teachers. For Day 1, this would be Heads or Deputy Heads of Department, KS5 Coordinators, Programme Managers or Course Leaders or others with a similar role. For Days 2-4, this could be the above alongside other colleagues from the department dependent on experience and identified needs in the department. This is not a subject knowledge development programme.
What is involved? Through face to face Work Group meeting days participating leaders of A Level teaching (and departmental colleagues on subsequent days to Day 1) will develop their practice to effectively plan sequences of lessons which meet the requirements of the new A level, raise awareness in students of the links between mathematical topics within the new A level content and support colleagues in their own
schools/colleges in embedding themes from the course in their planning and delivery of new A level
For more information see https://www.greatnorthmathshub.co.uk/ncp18-19-developing-a-level-pedagogy/
Useful Resources: Websites
NRICH Advanced mathematics problem solving pages
Integral Resources provided by MEI maths (Subscription required)
Useful Resources: Organisations
NCETM: The aims of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) are to raise levels of achievement in maths, and to increase appreciation of the power and wonder of maths, across the school, sixth form college and further education system.
MEI: MEI is an independent charity committed to improving mathematics education and is also an independent UK curriculum development body. Any income generated through our work is used to support the teaching and learning of mathematics.
AMSP: The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) is supported by the Department for Education and managed by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), an independent educational charity.
STEM Learning: STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, the Network is dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM, and increasing the numbers of young people progressing in STEM studies and STEM-related careers.
Association of Teachers of Mathematics: The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) was established in 1952 to encourage the teaching and learning of mathematics by relating more closely to the needs of the learner.
Mathematical Association: Members of The Mathematical Association include teachers and other education professionals, mathematicians, students, parents, employers and others, largely in the UK but across the world. We are the oldest established subject association in the UK, having been founded in 1871 as the ‘Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching’.