Teaching GCSE Mathematics (TGM)

TGM is MEI’s course for those new to teaching GCSE Mathematics in secondary or further education, or a range of sectors where GCSE teaching takes place. Whether you are currently training, newly qualified, returning to the classroom, moving in to teaching maths from another subject or vocational area, or moving up from KS3 or functional maths, MEI is able to support you in developing your confidence, subject knowledge and teaching skills. This course is suitable for teachers from secondary, further education and a range of settings.

Course structure

The course requires active participation at four face-to-face study days, which are focused on both subject knowledge and pedagogy:

  • Days 1 and 2: January 2021
  • Days 3 and 4: June 2021

Subject areas typically covered include number, proportional reasoning, geometry, algebra, statistics and probability.

The course also includes live online sessions, starting after the first two study days, grouped by specific pedagogic themes:

  • Building confidence
  • Deepening understanding
  • Diagnostic teaching (including digital technologies)

A full schedule of study days and online sessions will be published early in the autumn term.

Further benefits

Participants will also have access to self-paced learning modules covering all the main foundation topics, with a focus on strengthening subject knowledge:

Number and measures; fractions, decimals and percentages; proportional reasoning; continuing number; algebra (manipulation, graphs, sequences, equations & inequalities); direct and inverse proportion; angles and shapes; area, perimeter, and volume; transformations and vectors; bearings; constructions and loci; circles, Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry; probability and statistics.

These self-paced learning modules can be accessed in their entirety or personalised to suit the needs of course delegates.

TGM at the MEI Conference 2021:

Exclusive access to a TGM-only welcome session, a choice of all of the conference's public sessions, and a lunchtime catch-up to talk about and reflect on your experiences. The sessions cover a wide range of areas and can be tailored to the individual's specific professional development needs and interests.

Participants will also receive two years' access to the extensive online resources developed especially to support this course.


TGM supports participants to

  • Gain confidence and competence with the subject content of GCSE Mathematics foundation tier and progress into higher tier GCSE
  • Learn more about the principles of effective pedagogy in GCSE Mathematics teaching
  • Apply these principles in the classroom with practical strategies and resources
  • Reflect upon creating effective and engaging environments for learning GCSE Mathematics

Benefit from this Sustained Professional Development

  • Gain the benefits of both face-to-face study days and the flexibility of online learning
  • Engage in collaborative deep learning; days 1 & 2 are consecutive days early in the course and days 3 & 4 are consecutive days midway through the course
  • Access the extensive collection of online teaching and classroom resources to support your learning on the course
  • Demonstrate that you have engaged in recent and significant professional development – after attending all four study days and completing the self-paced online learning you will receive a certificate of attendance

MEI is committed to providing the highest quality of professional development and you can benefit from our not-for-profit pricing. You can be assured of the high quality of our courses as MEI holds the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) CPD standard. All course tutors are accredited NCETM professional development leads.

Is this course for me?

TGM is designed for teachers who wish to develop both their subject knowledge and classroom practice in maths at GCSE level. You may be:

  • A specialist in another subject or vocational area but teaching maths for the first time
  • A newly, or recently, qualified maths teacher looking to continue your professional development
  • A maths teacher returning to the classroom
  • An experienced teacher of KS3 or post-16 Functional Mathematics who wishes to up-skill and learn more about GCSE Mathematics
  • Wanting to develop your own subject knowledge to enable you to confidently and competently teach higher tier GCSE Mathematics
  • Already teaching GCSE Mathematics in KS4 or GCSE resit in post-16 and looking to enhance your teaching

Course details and application process

Due to COVID-19, MEI may have to deliver events differently. We're closely monitoring relevant government guidance and may change face-to-face events to online events if we think that is the safest option for everyone involved.

If you register for a course which is changed to an online format, we will let you know.

Registration for the academic year 2020-2021 is now open. The course consists of four face-to-face days:

  • Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January 2021
  • Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June 2021

The cost for four days face-to-face, live online sessions, self-paced learning modules and a day at the MEI conference is £500.

At present we will be offering the face-to-face study days in Central London - TBC, but further alternative locations may be added in due course. If you would be interested in hosting TGM in your area please contact the course leader, Martin Newton, using the details below.


More information

If you would like further information please contact the course leader [email protected] or telephone: 07411576951.

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