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Further Maths course details

Course structure:

Central training days: There are six central training days at which we look at some of the key concepts in the further pure mathematics modules (across all exam boards). We cover the subject knowledge, suggest routes through the material, and consider how to deliver this material. Four of the training days take place during school days; two take place on Saturdays. John Partridge (project co-ordinator and Assistant Head) and Dan Abramson (Head) deliver most of the sessions; we may occasionally have guest speakers from King’s College London’s Mathematics and Education departments or from other mathematical organisations.

The exact structure of each training day will vary, but you can expect to:

  • discuss some mathematical ideas in detail, reflecting on both content and delivery
  • reflect on how the course will impact on your practice
  • share ideas and examples of good practice with colleagues in other schools
  • be given some food for thought and some suggested homework

Each day runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the King’s College London Mathematics School, 80 Kennington Road.  Drinks throughout the day are provided, as is lunch.

The mathematics that will be covered is outlined below. This may well evolve as the course progresses and other topics that participants would like to discuss could well be included:

Thursday 20 September:    Complex Numbers, Matrices

Saturday 10 November:      Functions and Graphs

Tuesday 11 December:       Sequences and proof

Wednesday 30 January:     Vectors

Saturday 9 March:              Calculus and Differential Equations

Wednesday 1 May:             Matrices revisited

 

School visits: During the year, we visit each participant to observe them teaching and to give feedback. Participants are also invited to spend time at KCLMS observing lessons.

 

Who should apply:

We are looking for teachers who will be teaching AS or A level Further Mathematics, and will ideally be teaching some further pure content. The course is equally suited to those who want to consider different and new ways to approaching this material, and those who have little or no experience of teaching this materia. We want to leave a lasting and positive impact both on the teacher and also on their department, and as such we ask that departments allow participants freedom to put in place and develop schemes of work as they go through the course, with our support.

 

Number of places per school:

Schools may apply for more than one place on the course, though we reserve the right to limit places to one per school, depending on the number of applications we receive.

 

Feedback from previous applicants:

  • I’ve really enjoyed the entire course! It has been an excellent refresher for my own subject knowledge – and a confidence builder.
  • A very well planned and organised course which allowed me to try new methods in  the class from the outset.
  • The material is really well explained and the course is hosted by maths teachers who are obviously enthusiastic about their subject.
  • The course was fantastic: it covered a wide variety of topics but also focused on exploring in depth.
  • I liked the fact that we were given specific resources which we could use immediately in our teaching or adapt as we wanted.
  • The course is an opportunity to feel like a student again: I now understand more maths than ever before!

 

Cost:

King’s College School (Wimbledon) generously supports this course, and through their support we are able to offer the course for only £400 per participant. We offer a £100 rebate for teachers who successfully attend every training day.

If your school is unable to support the cost of the course, you may apply for one of three teacher bursaries. These have been funded by Widening Participation at King’s College London.

 

How to apply:

Please fill in our application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 September.

If you have any questions not answered here, please email kclmsoutreach@kcl.ac.uk and we will come back to you as quickly as possible!

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