Phil Chaffé


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Phil Chaffé is a National Co-ordinator for the Advanced Maths Support Programme which is managed by MEI. He has particular responsibility for student and teacher support for university admissions tests.


Phil initially trained as an engineer, working in energy and thermodynamics for two consulting engineering firms, before completing a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics in 1990. Phil taught Mathematics for several years in a variety of 11-18 schools including 10 years as the head of a large mathematics department. He has since worked as a Mathematics Advisor and a FMSP Area Coordinator in Staffordshire and Shropshire and at Warwick University. Whilst in his advisory role, Phil lead several A level courses for Phillip Allen Updates and Keynote Education. In 2012 Phil joined MEI as a member of the central team for the Further Maths Support Programme. He has had a number of consultancy roles whilst working for MEI. These include, writing and leading the developing mathematical thinking at Key Stage 4 and 5 courses for the London Schools Excellence Fund and developing a MOOC and support materials for Imperial College for students aiming for A* in A level maths. In 2014/5, Phil was the maths lead for the University of Warwick’s iPGCE. Phil has a great deal of experience in preparing students for university mathematics admissions tests. He developed the Problem Solving Matters course that runs at Oxford University, Warwick University, Durham University, Imperial College and Bristol University. Phil is currently responsible for the AMSP higher level problem solving programmes.


  • Problem solving support for both teachers and students at Key Stages 4 and 5
  • Developing problem solving skills for students at Key Stages 4 and 5
  • STEP, MAT and TMUA preparation for students
  • Transition to AS and A level Mathematics
  • Teaching Core Mathematics
  • Teaching Further Pure Mathematics
  • Teaching Mechanics
  • Professional development course design
  • Delivering enrichment sessions and masterclasses to students


  • Taught in secondary schools in England (age 11-18)
  • Head of Maths in 11-18 comprehensive school
  • Subject advisor for A level Mathematics in a local authority
  • Presenter and coordinator of mathematics masterclass programmes for secondary students
  • Mathematics lead for the University of Warwick iPGCE
  • LSEF Problem Solving Course lead
  • Author and course coordinator for the Problem Solving Matters course.



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Tel: 07446 113259