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AMSP update: March 2022

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The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) offers a range of support for maths teachers and students, including professional development courses and student enrichment events. Many of these opportunities are available free of charge to teachers working in state-funded schools and colleges in England. You can view the AMSP’s full events offering on the AMSP website.

The AMSP has opened applications for their summer series of Live Online Professional Development (LOPD) courses. Their LOPD courses aim to help you to develop your maths teaching with confidence, and there’s options for teachers of GCSE Mathematics, AS and A level Mathematics, and/or Core Maths. The courses enable you to take part in professional development from your choice of location and without having to take whole days away from school or college, as the content is delivered by experienced tutors over a number of weeks in an online classroom.

You can now register for the AMSP’s popular Teaching with Desmos online course, which will to help you to make greater use of technology in your teaching this summer. Over six sessions, you’ll learn how to use Desmos effectively to deepen your students’ understanding of maths at both GCSE and A level, including how to create or personalise your own activities. There’s been great feedback from previous course attendees, including, “Excellent explanations of the required skills and time to practice them. Well planned activities and access to amazing resources.” No prior experience with Desmos is required to attend this course.

The AMSP has recently launched their free SUMS (Steps to University for Mathematical Students) enrichment day, which they’ve designed to develop students’ problem-solving and teamwork skills and to encourage more female students to study maths. If your students have been reading the AMSP’s free monthly web-magazine, SUMS, they may be particularly interested in these enrichment days as they’ll extend the content covered in the magazine! The enrichment days are designed for female Year 12 A level Mathematics students who are considering studying maths or a closely-related subject at university. Non-binary and trans students are most welcome at this event if they feel this is the right space for them. If you have any queries, please get in touch with the AMSP.

How are you celebrating the International Day of Mathematics (IDM) 2022 on Monday March 14 (3.14 – Pi Day!)? The AMSP has developed an investigation and a competition for your 11-16 students to try that both look at how we can study how united we are across the world, based on this year’s theme of Mathematics Unites. If you register for the festivities before Monday 14 March 2022, the AMSP will email you a pack of teacher materials to support you with delivery of the activity.

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