MEI and Imperial College have developed a new free online course to prepare teachers for helping their students achieve an A* in A level Mathematics. This is freely available as an On Demand Professional Development course through the MEI-managed Advanced Mathematics Support Programme.
This course comprises of short videos and prompts for reflection. Participating teachers are required to interact and collaborate with each other and the course tutors via the online forums.
The course offers total flexibility: teachers can access the materials, day or night, over a period of up to one year. Teachers will be able to track their progress within the course and see when they have completed a section, a pod or the full course. The course is being made freely available for state-funded schools and colleges through the AMSP.
This course has been designed to complement Imperial College's mA*ths programme, which aims to help students in state-funded schools and colleges achieve a top grade in A level Mathematics. Launched by Imperial in January this year, the mA*ths programme provides tailored online support alongside face-to-face masterclasses and study days for students, plus online professional development for teachers. MEI has developed the resources for the online courses and runs the programme’s study days for students. You can find out more about the programme via Imperial's website.
Many top universities ask for A* grades in A level Mathematics to secure a place on STEM degree courses. However, students from state-funded schools and colleges are less likely to achieve an A* grade than their counterparts in the fee-paying sector, despite proportionately fewer students studying for an A level in Mathematics.
Both the student and teacher courses focus mainly on AS Mathematics. Imperial is due to launch its Year 13 student course later this year, and this will be followed in 2020 by MEI’s online teacher professional development for Year 13 content.