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: Supporting teachers of Core Maths run by Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub

Who is this for? The Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub offers year-long support for teachers of Core Maths. Ideally suited for teachers who are preparing to offer Core Maths, teachers delivering Core Maths for the first time and those wishing to develop their Core Maths teaching.

What is involved? 

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.

Sessions cover subject knowledge and pedagogy as appropriate. Examples of areas covered:
• The ethos of core maths
• How to make core maths different from GCSE maths
• Problem solving strategies
• Using and adapting resources
• Assessing core maths
• The requirements of different qualifications
• Using the pre-release material

The first workgroup session will take place in September. 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.


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


 AMSP support in the Yorkshire region can be found here