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We have spent the summer preparing your CPD programme for Maths and Further Maths for the 2017/18 academic year. Now that everything is available to book on the CPDHub (our training website) it’s a good time to run through what there is to help you as you begin to teach the new A Levels.
There are five different types of event going on, so let’s take a look at each of your options.
The Q&A webinars offer the opportunity to ask questions on any aspect of the qualifications, such as their content, assessment or teaching and learning and provide teachers with access to the OCR Maths Subject Advisors. The sessions will begin with a short presentation on some relevant aspect of the qualifications followed by an open Q&A session.
Webinars are scheduled to take place throughout the academic year and in the 2017/18 academic year the focus will be mostly on the AS Level qualifications. Webinars are available for
These one day courses in March are assessment focused training hosted by OCR Subject Advisors, helping you to preparing yourself and your students for the linear assessment in AS Level Maths A, A Level Maths A or AS Level Further Maths A.
Each covers important aspects of the new assessment such as calculator use, command words, and the effects of linearity, and will include a detailed look at assessment items from sample and practice assessment materials.
These two-part courses explore the content of the three key strands.
The Pure course will focus on practical aspects of teaching the pure content, the use of calculators in the assessment and the use of technology to support teaching and learning.
The Statistics course will include activities based around the Large Data Set looking at both the practical aspects of how to teach with the large data set and work with technology, and also the effect on the assessment.
The Mechanics course will be appropriate for teachers who have not taught Mechanics before, but will also include plenty of interest for experienced teachers such as ideas for practical activities.
A flexible two day course designed for busy teachers
Each course will be delivered in two parts, with Part 1 in autumn 2017 and Part 2 in the New Year. The courses are flexible for teachers, so you can just attend a single day if you wish.
Each Part 1 focuses on the first half of the content and teaching order, then Part 2 looks at the later parts of the content with preparation for the assessment.
These easy to digest one hour online sessions throughout the year each form a third of a three part course. They are offered on each of the five strands:
What’s the focus of each online session?
Part 1 begins early autumn term looking at the early content for the strand and any considerations for co-teaching with AS Level Maths.
Part 2 is scheduled for early spring term and continues with the AS Level content.
Part 3 starts in the later part of the spring term and finishes the content before going on to look at revision and assessment preparation.
These five day courses focus on the AS Further Maths A / A Level Further Maths A (stage 1) content. Scheduled early in the autumn term, they are designed to introduce the AS Level Further Maths content and approaches. Each of these sessions includes teaching order, co-teaching with maths, applications of technology and the overarching themes.
We look forward to welcoming you to any number these events over the coming year. For more details and to book your seat, visit the OCR CPDHub pages.
If you are planning to teach our Mathematics or Further Mathematics AS or A Levels, let us know so we can ensure you have everything you need.
For further information and to download resources for our accredited Maths qualifications visit ocr.org.uk/alevelmaths.
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Will Hornby - Subject Advisor - Mathematics
Will joined OCR in April 2014 as a Subject Specialist, having worked for OCR as a consultant on GCSE Maths reform and for many years before that as a senior examiner for A Level Mathematics. Will is the Subject Development Lead for AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, with overall responsibility for the development of OCR’s new specifications, and for oversight and quality assurance of the MEI specifications.
Will has worked as a mathematics teacher, then as a private tutor and Open University lecturer. In his spare time he likes to play the Chinese strategy game Go and entertain his young children.