Supporting Post-16 GCSE Resit and GCSE Foundation students

Bookings for this programme have closed for 2020/21.  Please register below for 2021/22.

This programme provides opportunities for participants to analyse and unpick the difficulties Foundation students encounter learning mathematics. We will look at how context and the strategies that students naturally bring to solve problems in context, can help learners see connections in the GCSE curriculum and so reduce the burden on memorising procedures.

The programme builds on research funded by The Nuffield Foundation into how the Realistic Maths Education (RME) approach developed in The Netherlands, can be used to enhance achievement and engagement for post-16 GCSE students by setting problems in real life type contexts.

Developing Core Maths Pedagogy


These Work Groups give 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 programme is run in conjunction with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

Developing A Level Pedagogy


This programme provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students.

The aim is to develop and sustain regional communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers. The focus is on developing pedagogy in A level Maths teaching, and developing participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college.