The new GCSE is more demanding both at Foundation and Higher tier. There are new topics and less structure to the questions. There are more reasoning and problem solving questions. At Higher tier this increases the challenge for students whatever grade 9 to 1 they have as their target.

This course will explore key new topics and how to teach them and develop reasoning and problem solving skills at the same time. New approaches to exam technique for the new exams and problem solving strategies will be a key aspect of the day. All teachers will benefit from engaging with these approaches to the new Higher tier in Mathematics.


  • ‘Practical strategies to develop your teaching of problem solving and reasoning
  • Guidance on entering students for the most appropriate Tier
  • Extend your repertoire of exam preparation techniques
  • Increase your understanding of the new aspects of assessment
  • Take away ideas for monitoring students mastery of topics


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


London, Wednesday 15 November 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Mathematics

All teachers of Higher 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: New algebraic topics

  • Finding the nth term of a quadratic sequence
  • Learning about composite and inverse functions
  • Proving algebraic results
  • Iteration

11.00 – 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.15pm: Reasoning and problem solving

  • Practical ways to support your students
  • Teaching students to reason in mathematics
  • Solving problems
  • Combining reasoning and problem solving to think mathematically

12.15 – 1.00pm: New graphical topics

  • Learning about tangents and rates of change
  • Interpreting velocity-time graphs to solve problems
  • Solving quadratic inequalities

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch


2.00 – 3.00pm: Preparing for the exam

  • Choosing the mathematics to answer a question
  • Preparing in the run-up to the exams
  • Embed the teaching of exam techniques
  • Tackling the unstructured questions

3.00 – 3.30pm: Which Tier is right for my students?

  • How to access the top grades 8 – 9
  • Assessing what students have mastered
  • Tracking student progress
  • Deciding which students should enter Higher Tier

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.