Core Maths

The Core Maths initiative is aimed at increasing the number of post-16 students studying mathematics. It involves students working on meaningful mathematical problems to increase their confidence in using mathematics to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education and employment.

Core Maths can be taken by students who have achieved a Grade 4 (formerly a Grade C) or above at GCSE mathematics and who wish to develop  practical skills they can apply to work, study or everyday life.


For information on individual organisations Core Maths specifications, please click on the relevant links below.


City & Guilds

OCR Quantitative Problem Solving

OCR Quantitative Reasoning

Eduqas Mathematics for Work and Life

Eduqas Statistical Problem Solving



CPD Opportunities

There are a number of CPD opportunities for Core Maths teachers. Please follow the links below for full details.

WORKGROUP: An introduction to core maths run by Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub

We are looking for schools/colleges to take part in a series of afternoon sessions which will look at an overview of Core Maths, how to implement the subject and the logistics of delivery.

Sessions will cover:
• An overview of Core Maths
• Problem solving strategies
• Resources available
• Exemplar lessons
• Reviews of different qualifications available
• Discussions on models for implementation

Dates, times and venue:
Sessions will be held at the National STEM Learning Centre, York

Session One     14th January 2019 14:30 to 17:30

Session Two      29 January 2019 14:30 to 17:30

Session Three     4 February 2019 14:40 to 17:30

Session Four     7 March 2019 14:30 to 17:30

To book a place, please visit:


WORKGROUP: Supporting Core Maths run by South Yorkshire Maths Hub

This workgroup is being led by Andy Barker. Sessions will take place at the Outwood Conference Centre, Doncaster. For more information see


WORKGROUP: Supporting Core Maths run by Great North Maths Hub

Who is this for? All current and potential teachers of Core Maths. These may be teachers in post-16 settings whose main subject is maths or whose main subject is not maths and who are unable to access local TSST provision for Core Maths.

What is involved? Through a number of face to face Work Group meetings, participating teachers will develop their practice to effectively teach mathematical concepts and processes through contextualised problem-solving, lead others in their own department to ensure an effective delivery of Core Maths courses, promote and deliver a Core Maths course in a way that engages qualified students.
Participants will work collaboratively with other institutions using a school to school support model.

More info see



Introduction to Core Maths – AC day (18 March 2019) This course is suitable for anyone who is already teaching Core Maths this academic year, or for teachers who are interested in finding out more prior to introducing and teaching Core Maths.

An introduction to core maths (15 to 17 July 2019) at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. By attending the ENTHUSE Bursary supported course you will:

  • gain a clear understanding of the role of core maths in schools and colleges
  • experience a different approach to teaching mathematics making it a different experience to GCSE mathematics
  • consider different sources of resources and how they may be used in the classroom
  • develop a strategy for assessing and tracking student progress
  • compare the different available qualifications
  • discuss different models for implementing core maths in your school or college