Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) 2020-21

Posted: 11/03/2020

The Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) course has a long history. Since its conception in 2003 approximately 2000 teachers have taken part in the year-long course. TAM is designed to support teachers in state-funded schools who are new to A level teaching and provides sustained professional development focussed on deepening subject knowledge and developing pedagogy.

The course has eight Study Days which are spread across a twelve month period (July 2020 to June 2021). These focus on pure maths topics within A level Mathematics such as trigonometry, calculus and proof.


Each Study Day has a mathematical theme which is explored in a series of maths-focused sessions. These sessions include activities related to the topic which are designed for teachers to use with their classes. Alongside the maths topic teachers will also discuss relevant pedagogical issues. So, for example, use of the prompt above – which is from an AS Integration session – could lead to discussion about effective question design, the benefits of using dynamic geometry software, or how to develop mathematical thinking among students.

Teachers on the course receive a range of support including access to online resources for two years, and two school visits where they are observed teaching their A level classes by a subject specialist.

These are just a few recent comments given by teachers on the TAM course:

‘Excellent course suitable for all levels as it allows you to deepen your mathematical understanding and…improve your own teaching. So far I have used so much of the course in my Y12 lessons. It has also increased my confidence.’

‘This has been the best training I've had in my 10 years of teaching. I think all maths teachers should have to do it.’

Costing just £600 the course includes:

  • eight course days focussed on A level Mathematics subject knowledge and pedagogy;
  • a choice of ten cohort locations in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester, Sheffield and York;
  • two developmental lesson observations conducted by subject specialists;
  • two years’ access to MEI’s ‘Integral’ online resources and unlimited email support from MEI;
  • £1000 bursary (or £1200 for Priority Areas) to state-funded participating schools/colleges on completion of the course in recognition of the support provided to participants.

Applications are now open and details can be found on this page of the MEI website

Many teachers who complete TAM go on to take part in one of our other six-month long sustained courses for support with the applied content of AS/A level Mathematics, or the pure or applied content of AS/A level Further Mathematics.

MEI also offers a version of this course for independent schools and/or teachers who are not currently teaching A level Mathematics. Applications for this ‘MEI-Certificated TAM’ version of the course will open in September 2020.

If you have any queries about any of these courses, then the CPD administration team will be happy to help.

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