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.

An introduction to core maths run by the 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

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 on:
• Tuesday 20th February
• Wednesday 7th March
• Thursday 22nd March
• Wednesday 25th April

To book a place, please visit:

Alternatively you could join us at the National STEM Learning Centre in York for a three day Enthuse funded residential version of the above course An introduction to core maths (13 to 15 June 2018) 

Also available from MEI:  Starting to teach Core Maths