“Core Maths is the single most important initiative in post-16 mathematics in a generation.”
Professor Paul Glaister, Reading University

… for work, study and life …

This is an interactive course which reflects on the first years of teaching this new qualification*, and makes use of specific feedback from recent examinations. Delegates will explore teaching approaches for the Core Maths content of all the Assessment Boards as well as working on strategies to support problem solving; mathematical reasoning; and cross curricular and cross phase applications. Consideration will also be given to the position of Core Maths content in the ongoing vocational education review.

* Centres may be entitled to receive additional funding per student from the DfE for delivering this qualification.


  • Inspiration and structures to consider how we design learning of this new qualification in your own centre
  • Gain strategies for teaching Core Maths for either 1 year or two
  • Take away resources to exemplify the content and strategies discussed
  • Consider the integral role played by ‘fluency, reasoning and problem solving’ throughout the mathematics curriculum and how to incorporate these into AS Core Maths
  • Embedding Core Maths materials into years 9-11 to help develop the above
COURSE DATES Online | Wednesday 21 April 2021
Online | Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Heads of Maths Department or Teachers of Level 3 Maths qualifications
  • GCSE Maths teachers
  • NQT teachers of any level 2 or 3 Maths qualification and non-specialist Maths teachers
  • Returning teachers
  • Members of the SLT responsible for KS5 Mathematics progression in their school or college
  • Teachers of other Level 3 subjects which have Mathematical content
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 11.15am
Introducing Core Maths into your centre

  • DfE funding,The Professor Adrian Smith review and the cross-curricular and cross phase value of the qualification
  • Timetabling and identifying the students and teachers for Core Maths provision
  • Exploring the Assessment Boards’ content and considering online resources; text books and exam papers from different boards

11.15 – 11.35am: Break and Q & A discussion

11.35 – 12.30pm
Teaching the content to different abilities of student and combining with other subject

  • What went well in the most recent examinations?
  • Common areas where students lost marks and how to overcome this
  • Marking and reviewing example answers: how to ensure students can meet the assessment standard
  • Approaches for teaching that really work: supporting students’ understanding through the use of mathematical modelling and images
  • Designing learning to develop fluency and reasoning

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
High quality resources that encourage success

  • Expert guidance on what makes a good resource and how you can support student progress l Designing resources to ensure student progress: group activity to ensure sufficient modelling l Group consideration of available resources and how these can be utilised fully to support teaching and learning

2.30 – 2.45pm: Break and opportunity for further discussion and questions

2.45 – 3.45pm
Developing problem solving for Key Stage 5

  • Improving student progression and assessment in problem solving
  • Designing a curriculum that works from Key Stage 3, to enhance student understanding and progress
  • Supporting and developing cross-phase problem solving and the crucial use of pre-release materials
  • Embedding problem solving in all Maths lessons
  • Conclusions from today and next steps

Will Rigby

Will has taught and examined Mathematics from years 5-13 for over 4 decades. He is a former Chief Examiner; Senior Examiner and Maths Adviser to 4 UK governments; LA’s and Academy Trusts. He is a former Regional Adviser on the CMSP; Ofqual subject expert and has authored a number of textbooks.