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Supporting you this autumn
September - Total Maths

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the September edition of Total Maths. We hope you’ve enjoyed the summer break and are all ready for the return to classrooms.

Please be aware that the entry deadline for the autumn 2020 AS, A Level and Core Maths assessments is later this week, Friday 4 September.

For more on the autumn series, see the second article below.

If you have any questions or feedback, then please contact us. Our role is to support you as you deliver our qualifications.

Neil, Steven, Ruth and Caroline -  your Maths Subject Advisors
01223 553998

Returning to school resources
Returning to School support

To support you and your students in returning to the classroom, we’ve worked with our Cambridge colleagues in Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Mathematics, CEM and others to create a comprehensive package of support for both GCSE and A Level maths.

If you’re in a rush, then take a quick look at our support highlights resources, which list a comprehensive collection of support to help you quickly get up to speed in the classroom. These are available for GCSE and the A Levels Maths A, Maths B (MEI), Further Maths A and Further Maths B (MEI).

Other new resources available to download now include condensed schemes of work, topic tests, grade 1-4 practice materials, alternative papers and more.

Returning to school resources

Timetables for the autumn 2020 exam series

Exam timetables for the autumn 2020 series are now available from our key dates and timetables page.

The entry deadline for autumn 2020 AS, A Level and Core Maths assessments is later this week, Friday 4 September.

The entry deadline for autumn 2020 GCSE (9-1) Maths assessments is Sunday 4 October.

4 September - AS, A Level and Core Maths entry deadline

AS, A Level and Core Maths assessments will be held in October, from Monday 5 - Friday 23 October.

GCSE assessments will be held in November, from Monday 2 - Friday 27 November.

For AS Maths (H230 & H630), A Level Maths (H240 & H640) and Core Maths (H868 & H869) the Large Data Sets and other pre-release materials that will be assessed in the autumn 2020 series will be those originally issued for use in the summer 2020 series. See our subject information update for more information.

Key dates and timetables

Core Maths accessibility improvements
Core Maths student - accessibility improvements

In response to teacher feedback and research undertaken by us, we've made changes to our Core Maths sample assessment materials and live question papers.

  • We’ve increased the font size and spacing between questions to improve the readability of questions.
  • We've amended the layout and numbering of questions and left-aligned text in tables to improve the accessibility of the question papers for candidates.

These changes will bring the Core Maths qualifications more in line with A Level Maths.

Download the updated sample assessment materials from the 'Assessment' section of the Core Maths A and Core Maths B qualification pages.

Subject information update

New maths resources

We’ve published more new maths resources for you in the last few weeks.

For GCSE (9-1) Mathematics we have many new lesson element resources for a number of content areas. Download them now from ‘Teaching activities’.

Maths resources

For AS and A Level Maths B (MEI) we’ve published Large Data Set 5 (for use in AS (H630/02) in summer 2022 and A level (H640/02) in summer 2023) as well as a set of accompanying notes.

Also for A Level Maths B (MEI) we’ve published a student revision checklist, listing the learning outcomes and the content for students to work on.

For AS and A Level Further Maths A we've published materials from our summer 2019 exams feedback webinars, which ran earlier this year. They offer detailed and constructive feedback on each strand, complementing our examiners’ reports and candidate exemplar material.

For A Level Further Maths B (MEI) we’ve published a new Section Check In test for the Statistics option, covering ‘Discrete random variables’.

There’s still more to come, keep an eye on @OCR_Maths for the latest updates.

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Training for 2020-2021
Online Maths professional development training

Our Professional Development training programme for maths qualifications for 2020-2021 is going live to book on to over the coming weeks.

To answer any questions you may have about the forthcoming year, we’re running a number of ‘Returning to School in September 2020’ Q&A webinars in the next few weeks.

Other courses running this month include ‘Switching to OCR GCSE (9-1) Mathematics’ (22 Sept) and ‘Mark schemes and marking training for GCSE (9-1) Mathematics’ (29 Sept).

There are also some Entry Level webinars coming up in early October.

All of these are now available to book via our Professional Development page - keep an eye on the page for more courses appearing shortly.

All training for the foreseeable future will be held online, offering the same high-quality training as our face-to-face training. 

View upcoming Professional development

Functional Skills maths

For the reformed Functional Skills maths assessments, the centre assessed Entry Level components will be available from 1 September 2020 and Level 1/2 examinations will be available 10-12 November 2020.

For the legacy Functional Skills maths assessments, on-demand assessments will be available from 1 September 2020. The last registration (accreditation) date for is 31 October 2020 and the last certification date is 31 December 2020.

Maths resources

Key dates and timetables