Resit GCSE

Strategies for teaching resit GCSE Mathematics

This one day course is for teachers, lecturers and tutors supporting learners who are working towards re-sitting GCSE Mathematics on a one year course. It focuses on the key areas of subject knowledge essential for improved student success at Foundation tier. We investigate approaches that can improve understanding and assist recall in areas where learners have previously struggled with other approaches.


  • To look at the topics that are new to the Foundation tier GCSE Mathematics from 2015.
  • To introduce and develop ideas for teaching key areas of the content of Foundation tier GCSE Mathematics
  • To model successful and engaging teaching of these strategies, including introducing meaningful context to promote learning and engagement.
  • To support staff with limited contact time in successfully using these strategies.


  • A chance to explore the new content of the Foundation tier GCSE Mathematics.
  • An opportunity to discover where mathematics is relevant and useful in everyday contexts
  • Access to an electronic copy of resources used on the course to use within your classroom.
  • Assured high quality CPD at affordable, not for profit pricing. MEI holds the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) CPD standard.

Is this course for me?

The course is aimed at GCSE Mathematics teachers or vocational subject specialists who may have experience teaching Functional Skills Mathematics, but not GCSE Mathematics.
In addition, we expect the course will be of interest to you if you are:

  • A specialist in a subject other than mathematics.
  • A skills specialist responsible for developing and enhancing the mathematics teaching skills of your teaching colleagues.
  • An experienced mathematics subject specialist who wishes to explore new strategies.

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Comments from teachers who have been on the course include:

A very enjoyable day. Many ideas for me to use in my lessons especially contextualised learning
Very good. Great to have the space and time to discuss lessons and activities
Thank you- a great help. Really beneficial

Hosting the course

We welcome the opportunity to offer courses based at your own premises.
We would expect to tailor the course to meet your specific circumstances. For example, we can provide additional online sessions which offer an effective way of developing subject knowledge in particular topics.

If you would like to explore the possibility of arranging a course please contact Bernard Murphy.

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