Leaders of Maths in Further Education and Work-based Learning

Excellence in the teaching and learning of maths is vital to the aims and aspirations of further education and work-based learning. However, the diverse nature of the curricula, which can include Functional Skills, resit GCSE, Core Maths, and A level, and the plethora of new initiatives present a challenge for anyone co-ordinating this activity. Strong leadership, including the ability to plan effectively, inspire teachers, lead improvement, and meet a wide range of learners’ needs is key to ensuring operational and strategic success.

Who is the course for?

This sustained professional development course is suitable for any new or aspiring Maths Lead who wishes to reflect upon this demanding role and learn strategies to improve their performance.

The course is ideally suited to those in their first few years of leading a maths team, or similar role. Experienced Maths Leads will also benefit from the opportunity to evaluate and reflect upon their practice. Teachers aspiring to become a Maths Lead will find this course useful preparation.


The course aims to help you to:

  • articulate your personal vision of excellent maths teaching, learning and assessment
  • construct an ambitious and coherent curriculum journey for all students, based upon a clear leadership vision
  • manage a team in effective planning, resourcing and assessing that leads to students achieving their potential whilst preventing unnecessary burdens on staff
  • employ effective leadership strategies to secure improvement in teaching, learning and assessment in traditional and online settings
  • embed the principles of the course in practice, through structured interim tasks

Course Benefits

For the teacher

  • Learn useful strategies for leading your maths team.
  • Improve your personal effectiveness.
  • Develop contacts with other professionals at the same career stage.

For the college

  • Develop and prepare your staff to take on this important leadership role.
  • Build capacity within your leadership team.
  • Update staff on the latest developments in the post-16 maths landscape.

Course Content

The course consists of three face-to-face study days and three short online sessions, spread over six months, where participants work together to learn about leadership, effective approaches to management, and the means to influence and bring about improvement in the teaching, learning and assessment of maths.

Course Dates and Application

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 our 2020/21 cohort is now open.

Participants must attend 3 face-to-face professional development days at:

Nelson and Colne College (Centre for Excellence in Maths
Scotland Road

These days will take place on:

  • Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Tuesday 29 June 2021

Course fees are £500 per person.


Online taster session

Join a taster session to find out more details and meet the trainer online at 12:15-12:45 on Wednesday 7 October 2020. Please complete this form to register for the session.