The DfE document on the content for mathematics AS and A level for teaching from 2017 which sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills common to all AS and A level specifications in mathematics states that ‘The use of technology, in particular mathematical and statistical graphing tools and spreadsheets, must permeate the study of AS and A level mathematics’.

This intensive day course provides opportunities for delegates to become more aware of available technologies to support their mathematics teaching, to develop their skills further in using a range of technologies, and to consider how their use can be integrated into the new A level mathematics.

The course is relevant for all examination boards and will be helpful for those with limited expertise in using technology in their mathematics teaching as well as those who are already confident users and looking to further develop their skills and practice.

Delegates will need to bring their own laptop ideally with Excel, Autograph, Geogebra and Desmos already installed.


  • Enhance your understanding of how technology can permeate the teaching of A level mathematics
  • Increase your confidence and skills in using specific technologies such as calculators, graphing software and spreadsheets
  • Take away ideas to use in the classroom to enhance your teaching
  • Increase your understanding of the use of large data sets in the new A levels and acquire the necessary spreadsheet skills for this



COURSE DATES London, Friday 16 June 2017
London, Thursday 09 November 2017
WHO FOR?  All mathematics teachers who are currently teaching A level mathematics or who are prospective A level mathematics teachers including subject leaders.
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 – 10.15am: Introduction and overview

  • Historical, curricular, technological and pedagogic context
  • Exam board specifications and approaches to technology for teaching and examinations

10.15 – 11.15am: Calculators (mainly Casio and Texas)

  • Calculators and Assessment: the story so far
  • Models (scientific and graphic) and features relevant to A level including accessing iteration, statistical tables and much more
  • Issues for teaching and assessment, best practice and department policy

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.15pm: Dynamic geometry with Geogebra

  • Context in terms of recent developments and A level content
  • Overview, interface, menus, etc.
  • Applications to coordinate geometry and conics

12.15 – 1.00pm: Graphing software with Desmos

  • Overview, interface, menus, etc.
  • Drawing graphs linked to teaching of polynomials, calculus, parametric and polar equations
  • Classroom practice

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Autograph for pedagogy, vectors and 3D

  • Overview interface, menus, etc.
  • The pedagogy advantage
  • Applications to transformations, graph plotting, exponential functions, vectors, 3D etc.
  • Statistical models, analysis and representation

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 4.15pm: Spreadsheets for large data sets

  • Exam board approaches to large data sets
  • Skills needed to explore the data set(s)
  • Opportunity to work with the data sets made available by the exam boards
  • Issues for teaching, department policy

Mick Blaylock

Mick Blaylock is an independent mathematics consultant and a strong advocate for the integration of digital technologies (calculators, dynamic geometry, spreadsheets, etc.) to enhance the quality of mathematics education. He led the DfE funded Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP) from April 2014 to November 2016 to introduce the new Core Maths qualifications (first examined in May 2016). Mick has 25 years’ successful experience teaching mathematics in four very different schools and a sixth-form college and was an A level principal examiner. Appointed as HMI for mathematics in 2001, he subsequently worked as the National Strategies Northwest Secondary Mathematics Director and as a senior managing inspector, leading inspections and training other inspectors, prior to heading up the CMSP.