The reform of maths GCSE (2017) has placed greater emphasis on problem solving. The new maths qualification places a greater emphasis on problem-solving and has more demanding content. This course addresses a number of these challenges providing classroom ready solutions and new ways to approach teaching topics to promote good problem solving skills.


  • Understanding GCSE specification and assessment needs.
  • Strategies to improve problem solving in day to day teaching
  • Improving students’ performance and confidence and attainment
  • Equip students with a better understanding of exam requirement
  • Teachers, Heads of Department  eager to use practical strategies to improve students’ problem solving skills and reasoning in maths lessons.
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


Session 1

  • Introduction and welcome

Examiners love problem solving

  • Examples from exam papers, key questions
  • Quick hacks to existing resources to create rich problem solving tasks
  • What does reasoning mean in the everyday lesson
  • Creating your own problem solving opportunity in the classroom through questioning

Strategies to improve problem solving in the classroom

  • Metacognition what does it mean, especially in the maths classroom
  • Teaching and practicing problem solving in the classroom
  • Practical strategies for practitioners to use in the classroom
  • Planning problem solving and reasoning activity

Session 2

Improving students’ performance –  practical examples

  • Become fluent
  • Reasoning mathematically
  • Getting children to solve problems in every lesson
  • A range of examples from different topic areas, how to use them in the classroom


  • Review of key points
  • Reflection and next steps – how will you make changes and evaluate impact
  • Where to find good problem solving resources
  • Further discussion and Q and A

Santash Freebourne