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
WORKGROUP: ‘Supporting teachers of A level mathematics’ run by Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub
Who is this for? The Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub offers year-long support for teachers of A-level mathematics. Ideally suited for inexperienced teachers of A-level, and those wishing to improve aspects of their A-level teaching. By joining the workgroup, teachers from your school will have access to free CPD sessions tailored to the needs of the group. Delivery will draw on the expertise of a range of specialists.
What is involved?
Sessions cover subject knowledge and pedagogy as appropriate. Examples of areas covered:
• Pure maths: how to develop ‘active learning’
• Statistics: the large data set
• Mechanics: making maths practical
In addition we will explore the overarching aims of the A-level curriculum
• Mathematical argument, language and proof
• Mathematical problem solving
• Mathematical modelling
The first workgroup session will take place in September 2019. At this meeting dates of sessions and the content of sessions will be finalised. This meeting will be your opportunity to tailor what sessions are delivered and when.
AMSP support in the Yorkshire region can be found here
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’.