New to Teaching Core Maths

The purpose of this programme is to support teachers who are new to teaching Core Maths in developing specialist knowledge for teaching Core Maths and to increase their confidence in teaching the course. The programme has a primary focus on Core Maths subject knowledge and pedagogy and will be based on these six key themes which are common to all the Core Maths specifications:

• Using contextualised problem-solving                          • Making sense of finance

• Applying Fermi estimation and modelling                    • Using the pre-release materials

• Developing critical analysis                                            • Exploring statistics.

Technology and online teaching will be underlying themes throughout the programme. This project involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

What is involved? : 

Primary focus for 2021/22: Core Maths pedagogy

There will be three days (or equivalent) of direct meeting time. However, this may be adapted to suit the needs of the group, and could be three full day face-to-face sessions, six part-day/twilight sessions, or a blended mix of face-to-face and online meetings. The programme will take place during the Autumn (2021) and Spring (2022) terms.

Who can take part?

This programme is for teachers who are new to teaching Core Maths for the first time and are teaching a Core Maths class during the Autumn and Spring terms of 2021 and 2022.

What are the benefits?

Participants will:

  • apply related pedagogical approaches in their Core Maths teaching
  • plan sequences of lessons to promote student understanding, confidence, and progress
  • effectively teach some mathematical concepts and processes through contextualised problem-solving
  • understand the philosophy of Core Maths, with its approach to maths through contextualised problem-solving
  • develop their subject knowledge in these six areas: Contextualised problem solving; Fermi estimation and modelling; Critical analysis; Finance; Pre-release materials; Statistics
  • develop their understanding of how online learning and technology can be used to support Core Maths teaching.

Cost: The New to Teaching Core Maths project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and the AMSP so is free to participating schools/colleges.


26th Nov 2021, 09.00 – 12.00 Online

25th Jan 2022, 09.00 – 15.00  Online

25th Feb 2022, 09.00 – 15.00  In-person

14th March 2022, 09.00 – 15.00 at Comberton Village College