Teaching A level Maths for the first time can be daunting. You may have been successful when you studied A level yourself but realise that you need a deeper understanding to teach it to students. Starting the course at the right level is vital so students gain confidence and enjoy their studies in mathematics. Knowing where they will struggle and how to make that a positive learning experience is key for their success. You, as teacher, need to select approaches and activities that will ensure that success, particularly with key topics and demanding topics.

Please include the key areas of teaching, learning, achievement, and/or leadership that the course will be covering.


  • Developing teaching to ensure success the first time through linear A level
  • Improved awareness of the barriers to success
  • Challenging students to deepen learning
  • Increased understanding of the connections between topics
  • Increased understanding of the assessment in linear exams


“Excellent, very useful to understand new content. I feel better prepared to teach this new content.” – The Dovay Martyrs School, Wednesday 13th July 2016


COURSE DATE London, Thursday 22 June 2017
London, Thursday 19 October 2017
WHO FOR?  NQT’s and RQT’s teaching A level maths
Teachers new to delivering A level 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 – 10.30am: Before you start - Overview of the issues

  • Knowing which parts of GCSE are essential for success at AS/A level
  • Addressing misconceptions right at the start
  • Supporting students through those ‘stuck’ moments

10.30 – 11.00am: Starting the course – those first two weeks

  • Making new and challenging content accessible
  • Stepping up from GCSE to AS/A level standard
  • Making connections between old and new knowledge

111.00 – 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.00pm: Algebra and graphs

  • Understanding how algebra works
  • Progressing to algebra as a toolkit of techniques as well as ideas
  • Fitting algebraic techniques into a strategy for solving problems
  • Exploring the interplay between graphical and algebraic representations

12.00 – 12.45pm: Covering the content

  • Planning for engagement and perseverance
  • Asking not telling – making every minute count
  • Seeing the big picture to aid retention

12.45 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.15pm: Introducing calculus

  • Putting across the big ideas
  • Developing understanding with fluency
  • Linking with other topics

2.15 – 3.00pm: Logs and exponentials

  • Understanding the concepts
  • Grasping and attending to the detail
  • Applying the techniques to solve problems

3.00 – 3.40pm: Tackling exam questions

  • Selecting the mathematics
  • Interpreting the language
  • Making sure of the marks – what is actually required
  • Breaking down unstructured questions

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.