This course is aimed at equipping Maths teachers to deliver the new Core Maths qualifications.

These qualifications are for post-16 students who want to maintain and enhance their valuable Maths skills without studying AS or A level Maths. Relevant for any of the assessment boards’ Core Maths qualifications, this day will provide practical guidance about implementing and managing Core Maths as well as providing a range of teaching approaches, resources and assessment support to use with students.

Addressing the skills’ gap in basic maths skills, the Level 3 Core Maths qualifications provide additional support to those students studying subjects such as social sciences, business, psychology, sciences and health sciences, who are not taking AS or A level Maths, as well as counting towards performance tables from 2017 onwards.


  • Understand how Sixth Forms will be judged on Core Maths uptake
  • Explore how Core Maths will support other areas of the curriculum, both vocational and academic
  • Understand where quantitative skills studied in Core Maths, fit into the new A level specifications for a wide range of subjects
  • Enhance your ability to deliver problem solving for Core Maths
  • Take away a full range of teaching approaches and resources for the Core Maths topics


London, Thursday 15 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Mathematics
All teachers of the Core maths qualification
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: Why Core Maths? The need for Core Maths

  • International comparisons
  • Quantitative skills in other subjects
  • Preparation for study, work and life
  • How you will be judged on uptake statistics

11.00 – 11.20am: Break


11.20 – 12.30pm: Teaching Core Maths 1: Teaching approaches: a distinctive pedagogy

  • Problem Solving approaches
  • Mathematics in Context
  • Using digital technologies

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.30pm: Teaching Core Maths 2: Resources

  • Experiencing a Core Maths activity
  • Explore a wide range of Core Maths resources

2.30 – 2.45pm: Break


2.45 – 3.40pm: Teaching Core Maths 3: Support from the CMSP

  • Online resources
  • Regional networks
  • Qualifications
  • Recognition from HE and employers Getting started

3.40 – 3.50pm: Conclusion

  • The story thus far
  • Next steps

Mick Blaylock

Mick Blaylock has led the DfE funded Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP) since its start in April 2014. The programme is managed by the Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) and supports the introduction of the new Core Maths qualifications. He has 25 years’ experience teaching mathematics in four very different schools and a sixth-form college and was an A level principal examiner.  Appointed as HMI for mathematics in 2001, he subsequently worked as the National Strategies Northwest Secondary Mathematics Director.  More recently Mick has worked with CfBT Inspection Services as a Senior Managing Inspector leading inspections and training other inspectors.

Professor Paul Glaister

Professor Paul Glaister is Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Reading. In his teaching and research he focuses on numerical analysis and computational fluid dynamics; mathematics and science education and teaching and learning, primarily in Higher Education. He has authored almost 400 journal publications on all aspects of Mathematics education and has contributed to books such as ‘Limitless opportunities for mathematics graduates’ (American Association of University Presses, 2015). He is Director of outreach at the university working closely with secondary schools and other organisations to develop the STEM agenda. He currently works with the Core Maths Support Programme on the development of the new Level 3  Mathematical Studies qualifications.