This highly focused one-day, interactive course has been designed to give all teachers of C1 and C2 a variety of stimulating activities that can be easily integrated into teaching programmes to enhance teaching and student achievement levels in C1 and C2.

The course will provide teachers with a range of practical approaches on how to teach and assess the key topics on the specification with strategies to enhance grades throughout.

The course leader, a highly experienced teacher and examiner, will give teachers a deeper understanding of what students need to know and in what depth in order to be able to access top grades.

The course will also look ahead to the new 2017 A Level Maths specification and highlight main changes and the implications for teachers.


  • Find out more about the new 2017 A Level Maths specifications
  • Strengthen your understanding of the common and most challenging topics in C1 and C2 modules
  • Take away new teaching strategies for C1 and C2 lessons
  • Develop ideas and techniques that promote a more investigative and problem solving approach to learning
  • Take away new teaching approaches to engage all students in high level mathematical discussion
  • Give students clear guidance to improve outcomes in the examinations


“Very engaging and useful. Course Leader is very enthusiastic and supportive!” – Carshalton Boys Sports College, Friday 10th June 2016


COURSE DATE London, Tuesday 13 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Mathematics
All teachers of A level pure mathematics
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: An examiner’s insights to improve C1 and C2 performance

  • Feedback from recent examinations
  • Understand where students lose significant marks
  • Exemplar material to highlight common errors
  • Tackling challenges areas such as the mulita-step, more wordy questions

10.30 - 11.15am: Teaching Co-ordinate Geometry

  • Making the link between algebra and co-ordinate Geometry on the x-y plane
  • Understanding gradients and perpendicular lines
  • Understanding the equation of the circle
  • Variety of teaching strategies, resources and activities to boost results in co-ordinate Geometry questions

11.15 – 11.35am: Break


11.35 – 12.00pm: Looking ahead to the new 2017 Maths A Level

  • The latest updates on the new Pure Maths structure
  • Key content and assessment changes: implications

12.00 - 12.40pm: Teaching Calculus: effective teaching approaches

  • A range of engaging teaching ideas to introduce differentiation and integration techniques
  • Curve Sketching and understanding the transformations of functions
  • Developing a thorough understanding of indices
  • Strategies to involve students in deep, mathematical discussion on calculus

12.40 – 1.10pm: Teaching Quadratics in every form

  • Making sense of completing the square
  • The multiple personalities of quadratics
  • The discriminant
  • Techniques that promote a more investigative and problem solving approach to learning

1.10 – 2.10pm: Lunch


2.10 - 3.10pm: Improving outcomes in algebra

  • The importance of the binomial theorem: infinite series and limits
  • The fundamental theorem of algebra
  • Avoiding algebraic errors eg. Mistakes with negative signs and manipulating both sides of the equation
  • High impact teaching strategies and activities to boost algebra achievement levels

3.10 – 3.40pm: Challenging trigonometry lessons

  • Solving trigonometric Equations and Proof
  • Visualising trigonometric functions: the role of pictures and IT
  • What exactly is the sine function?
  • Teaching ideas that promote problem solving and mathematical discussion

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.