Maths Hub – Post 16 Project and Core Maths

Increasing Participation Levels of Post-16 Students in Level 3 Maths Courses

This national project has the broad aim of increasing participation levels of post-16 students in A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses, and other level 3 courses, such as Core Maths. In this context, many hubs will also explore ways of increasing the proportion of girls studying maths at this level and beyond.

In the initial phase, each hub is identifying schools and colleges with a track record of high participation rates in advanced mathematics courses, identifying the strategies that have led to this successful engagement, and exploring ways of helping schools and colleges with lower participation rates implement those strategies themselves.

All hubs are collaborating closely with locally based colleagues working for both the Further Mathematics Support Programme and the Core Maths Support Programme.

In this Maths Hub

St Marylebone CE School is an Early Adopter of Core Maths and Nick McIvor, SLE Maths at St Marylebone, is a Core Maths Lead.

Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP)

CfBT, in collaboration with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the Department for Education, is pleased to announce the launch of our new Core Maths Support Programme.

Funded by the Department for Education, Core Maths is a new level 3 course for students in post-16 education, with UCAS points, which forms a major part of the government’s plan to increase participation and raise standards in mathematics education. The aim is that by 2020, the vast majority of all students in post-16 education continue to study some form of mathematics, whether it is GCSE, A Level or the new Core Maths qualifications introduced this year.

Core Maths is aimed at students who have passed GCSE mathematics at grade C or above but who are not taking A Level mathematics. The course aims to help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical skills and understanding through the use of meaningful and relevant problems, better preparing these young people for university, employment and life. The CMSP is strongly committed to a problem solving approach to maths teaching and learning and provides professional development to improve pedagogy in this area and increase the capacity of non-specialist teachers to teach mathematics.

The CfBT programme runs for two years and will be delivered through a sector-led delivery model with regional networks providing peer-to-peer support from high-achieving partner schools and colleges. Core Maths lead teachers and tutors are experienced maths teachers based in our partner institutions who provide support to the schools and colleges where the new Core Maths qualifications are being taught.

The CMSP provides training and support for the Core Maths lead teachers through workshops, collaborative working with consultants, the CMSP website and a range of other activities to assist them in their role. Additionally, the programme benefits from a global maths network of world-leading experts in mathematics and mathematics education as well as close collaboration with the (NCETM). This support ensures that the Core Maths leads can provide local, contextually relevant professional development to those teaching the new qualifications. Examples of best practice will be identified throughout the programme to be available to all institutions implementing Core Maths from 2015.

In the first year of the programme there are more than 150 schools and colleges involved with an anticipated total of around 5,000 students doing Core Maths. More are expected in the second year as the number of schools and colleges implementing Core Maths expands towards a target figure of potentially more than 200,000 students for 2020.

Core Maths resources can be found here.