Level 3 Mathematics

Pathways post-16 and increasing participation at level 3

The hub is working closely with its partners in the Core Maths Support Programme and the Further Maths Support Programme to support teachers and managers in delivering maths qualifications that build on GCSE.

Support for Core Mathematics

Core Maths is a new post-16 qualification designed to equip students with the mathematical skills needed for work, study and life, as only approx. 20% of post-16 students currently continue with studying mathematics. The Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP), advises schools and colleges and trains teachers in the delivery of these new qualifications. It is delivered by Education Development Trust on behalf of the Department for Education, and has been supporting the introduction of the Core Maths qualifications since April 2014. Around 3000 students sat the first Core Maths examinations in summer 2016; resulting in an overall pass rate of over 80 percent.

The Hub provides support to centres which are teaching core maths, or planning to teach the qualification from Sept 2017. Support includes school visits and lesson observations, meetings to assist with Scheme of Learning, resources, teaching strategies.

If you would like to include Core Maths as part of your sixth form offer or would like additional support for an existing course you can contact your Core Maths Lead Lily Tang .

You can find details of upcoming Core Maths Hub events and work groups at Level 3 courses and details of national and regional events at Core Maths Events.

Support for A level and Further Mathematics

The new Linear A level specifications may pose a range of challenges for teachers: how to use technology effectively for teaching and learning?; how to integrate statistics and mechanics with the pure maths that provides the techniques for their study?; how to create a scheme of work that has an emphasis on connections between different topics and how they will be assessed? In order to meet these challenges the Further Maths Support Programme and the London North East Maths hub are offering a range of activities and professional development for teachers of A level and Further Maths.

Please contact your FMSP Coordinator James Morris if you would like more information about how the FMSP can support you in delivering A level and Further maths.

You can find details of upcoming A level Maths Hub events and work groups at Level 3 courses and details of national and regional events at the FMSP London regional page.

For details of all the upcoming teacher and student events, click here.

Support for Increasing Participation

As well as the support offered by the CMSP and the FSMP the hub can provide more general support to teachers and managers looking to increase participation in mathematics Post-16:

We have developed an action planning tool to help managers think about how to increase participation in mathematics post-GCSE. If you would like a copy of the tool please contact your L3 Maths Hub Lead Jane Annets who will be happy to send you a copy and discuss how you may use it to increase your participation rates at A level and Core Maths.

Many sixth forms and colleges have students who have not yet achieved a good grade at GCSE and will be resitting the exam. The hub now has a GCSE Maths Resit Teacher Network which holds a twilight meeting once a term to allow teachers to get together to plan strategies and share teaching ideas.


You can contact the L3 team via their email:

Jane Annets, Level 3 Coordinator James Morris, FMSP Area Coordinator Lily Tang, Core Maths Lead