For Post 16

Developing Core Maths Pedagogy

This Work Group gives teachers opportunities – through collaboration and experimentation – to develop improved teaching approaches that support the open-ended problem-solving skills Core Maths students need, and share these with departmental colleagues. Participant departments will support the role of Core Maths in promoting contextualised problem-solving and links to teaching in other subject areas.

This project involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

Who can take part?

This Work Group is aimed at recent or 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.

What is involved?

The Work Groups will have five twilight online sessions. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department.

Work Groups will be designed to meet the specific needs of the range of experience of participants.

What will you learn?

Participants and their departments will:

  • understand the philosophy of Core Maths, with its approach to maths through contextualised problem-solving
  • explore a range of common Core Maths approaches and topics (e.g. Fermi problems, critical analysis of numbers in the media) and their use of pre-release materials
  • identify and make effective use of existing Core Maths resources
  • support senior leadership in understanding the benefits of Core Maths
  • understand the role of Core Maths in promoting problem solving within GCSE Maths

What is the cost?

The Developing Core Maths Pedagogy project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and the AMSP so is free to participating schools/colleges.


All sessions are currently scheduled to take place online on the following dates and will run from 4:00 – 5:30

 Wednesday 20th January: Introduction to Core Maths/problem solving skills

Wednesday 10th February: Adapting and using existing resources

Session 3 date TBC: Incorporating the use of appropriate technology

Thursday 18th March:  The use of pre-release material

Thursday 15th April: Resources to start the course in September

How can I get involved?

To book a place, please visit



Participant feedback from 19/20:

"I left the session on a real buzz with lots of different ideas about how we can push Core Maths forward and it came from having the opportunity to meet new people and discuss ideas. Thank you for facilitating it."

"Very worthwhile session in the comfort of my own home."