Post 16 – Overview

Here at the BBO Maths Hub we have been busy planning for 2020 / 2021 and are delighted to confirm that we will be running the work groups listed below from September :

Supporting Core Maths

The success of Core Maths depends in part on the growth of the pool of teachers, schools and colleges with the necessary expertise, experience and enthusiasm to teach it. This project, run collaboratively by the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), will contribute to the wider national effort to grow that pool, and embed Core Maths confidence and culture within school and college maths departments.

Who is this for?
All current and potential teachers of Core Maths. These may be teachers in post-16 settings whose main subject is maths or whose main subject is not maths, and who may be unable to access local TSST provision for Core Maths.

What is involved?
Through three face-to-face Work Group meeting days (or equivalent), participating teachers will develop their practice to effectively teach mathematical concepts and processes through contextualised problem-solving, lead others in their own department to ensure an effective delivery of Core Maths courses, and promote and deliver a Core Maths course in a way that engages qualified students. Participants may work collaboratively with other institutions using a school-to-school support model.
We will be running one cohort of this work group in the High Wycombe area, led by Lesley Swarbrick.

Developing A Level Pedagogy

This project will provide support for developing the quality of teaching in response to the demands of the linear specifications for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Work Groups in this project aim to develop existing A level pedagogy and support development of the requirements of the linear A levels and understand the purpose of the overarching themes in departments. Participants will gain confidence in leadership in departments and in developing others in their department.

Who is this for?
It is suitable for people leading development of maths teaching and learning in departments with A level provision and other experienced A level teachers. This could be heads of department or second in department, KS5 coordinators, programme managers or course leaders or other experienced teachers with a similar role. This project is not a subject knowledge development programme for teachers new to A level.

What is involved?
Through three face to face Work Group sessions, participating leaders of A level teaching or experienced teachers will develop their practice to effectively plan sequences of lessons which meet the requirements of the new A level, raise awareness in students of the links between mathematical topics within the new A level content, and support colleagues in their own schools/colleges in embedding themes from the course in their planning and delivery of new A level teaching.
We are currently planning to run one cohort of this work group in the Oxford area, led by Chris Kirkham.

Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainty over Covid-19, all work groups will be run remotely until Christmas. Following this we hope to be able to return to a more normal practice of meeting in person. Dates and locations are still in the process of being confirmed but if you would like to register your interest in any of the groups listed we would be very happy to hear from you. Please email with your details and we will then contact you again once the booking process is open.


For those of you who are interested in joining our ‘Developing A Level Pedagogy’ Work Group for 2020-2021, you might like to come to a collaborative planning session for an A level topic, the Chain Rule in Calculus, involving the participants from this year’s Work Group. If you wish, you would be able to ask questions about what they have gained from being involved in a Work Group. The session is on Thursday 9th July at 3.30pm. If you would like to attend please email me (Lesley Swarbrick, Level 3 Lead) at so that I can send you the link for the meeting.


BUCKINGHAMSHIRE – The next online meeting of Making Them Think! is on Tuesday 14th July at 4pm. There will be ideas for practical mechanics, and the opportunity to chat about issues and concerns you might have with other Buckinghamshire post 16 Maths teachers. To sign up:

RANELAGH and LITTLE HEATH next meet in September/October.

Please see the following informational video(s) regarding some of the work groups offered at Post 16 level:

Lesley Swarbrick : Core Maths

Lesley Swarbrick : A Level Pedagogy

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