The new Maths GCSE is more demanding at Foundation tier with new topics and less structure to the questions. There is increased challenge for all students to achieve their target grades but even more so for those students who struggle with Mathematics or are less confident in their abilities.

This course will explore a range of practical classroom approaches to teaching and learning that will prepare students for the increased demand, ensuring a sound grasp of key topics. Reasoning to develop problem solving skills will be a key aspect, together with exam techniques for the new GCSE style of questions, and a focus on the skills essential for reaching grade 5.


  • Develop strategies to support students gain the understanding to secure essential marks in the exam
  • Develop a clearer understanding of a grade 5 at foundation tier
  • Take away ideas to increase students’ level of confidence, grit and resilience in approaching challenging topics
  • Extend your repertoire of exam preparation techniques
  • Increase understanding of the new aspects of assessment
  • Increase confidence and ability to meet examination and Progress 8 targets, improving value added and league table ratings
London, Wednesday 14 June 2017
London, Thursday 16 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of mathematics
Teachers of foundation tier GCSE Maths
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: Unlocking potential: developing resilient learners

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Developing a growth mindset in mathematics
  • Opening up questions to motivate reluctant learners
  • Key teaching approaches using many ways problems for Foundation tier students

11.00 – 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Mastering key mathematical ideas for success at foundation tier

  • Sorting misconceptions around place value
  • Developing proportional reasoning to solve problems in number and geometry
  • Removing the fear of algebra to gain those important extra marks
  • Working with graphs in algebra and statistics

12.15 – 1.15pm: Developing reasoning to make sense of mathematics

  • If I know… then I also know …
  • Making connections
  • Using multiple representations
  • Inferring and deducing

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch


2.15 – 3.00pm: Teaching for a problem solving approach to mathematics

  • Getting started on a problem – having a go
  • Finding good problems to develop confidence and competence
  • Crucial exam questions: preparing students for unstructured questions
  • What skills to focus on

3.00 – 3.40pm: Preparing for examination success

  • Supporting students become independent learners
  • Revision through the course • Using mock papers
  • Making sure of the marks

Heather Davis

Heather Davis is a highly experienced AS/A Mathematics teacher and examiner. She examines at Advanced level, authors and advises for Hodder education and is an Advocate for a major awarding body.  She is an Associate of the Further Maths Support programme, presenting and writing materials. One aspect of this work involves leading and writing interactive webinars teaching teachers the content of A level Mathematics. Another aspect involves leading various workshops for students. She taught for 30 years before spending five years as an LA Adviser and is on the General Council for the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.