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Total Maths - September

Hi Colleague,

How was your summer? We hope that you enjoyed a relaxing and fun time. For those now back in the classroom (or teaching anywhere), welcome back. 

If you’re entering students in the upcoming autumn 2021 series, please be aware that entry deadlines are coming up...

  • Wednesday 8 September - AS, A Level & Core Maths entry deadline (late fees apply from Thu 9 Sept)
  • Monday 4 October - GCSE entry deadline (late fees apply from Tue 5 Oct)

For more on the autumn 2021 series, please see the second article below.

If you’re preparing students for the 2022 assessments, we’re still awaiting the outcome of the Ofqual/DfE consultation for confirmation of changes that will affect these assessments. You can read what the consultation proposed here and keep an eye on Twitter or future newsletters for the latest information as soon as more is confirmed.

Throughout the year, please do contact us if there’s any further support that we can offer you. Our role is to support you as you deliver our qualifications.

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

Summer 2021 results and appeals support
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We hope that the summer 2021 results days were a success for you and your students. Results statistics are available from the dedicated page on our website.

If you have students making an appeal, we’ve produced a quick guide to appeals to support you. 

For more information you can also refer to our dedicated appeals 2021 webpage. The full guidance is available from the JCQ website.

If you have any additional queries, do please get in touch with us (contact details are at the end of the introduction above).

Results statistics

Autumn 2021 series information

As stated in the introduction, please be aware that the entry deadlines for the autumn 2021 series are coming up.

  • AS, A Level and Core Maths – entry deadline Wed 8 September. Assessments will be held in October.
  • GCSE – entry deadline Mon 4 October. Assessments will be held in November.
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Exam timetables for the autumn 2021 series are now available from our key dates and timetables page.

The AS and A Level Large Data Sets to be assessed in the autumn 2021 series are those that would have been used in a summer 2021 series. These are available from the qualification pages for AS and A Level Maths A (H230 and H240), AS Maths B (MEI) (H630) and A Level Maths B (MEI) (H640).

For Core Maths A H868/01 & H868/02 and Core Maths B H869/01, the autumn 2021 pre-release materials are now available to download from OCR Interchange.

For Core Maths B H869/02, the Large Data Set to be assessed in the autumn 2021 series is the one that would have been used in a summer 2021 series. This can be downloaded from the Core Maths B qualification page.

Details of the Core Maths pre-release materials are also available in our subject information update.

Key dates and timetables

GCSE and A Level CPD in 2021-2022
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More sessions in our 2021-2022 Professional Development training programme are now available to book. Get your place now for A Level ‘How to mark a mock paper’ and ‘Ask The Subject Expert’. All training for the foreseeable future will be held online, offering the same high-quality training as our face-to-face training. Face to face courses may be available later in the academic year.

Other 2021-2022 sessions now available include:

  • GCSE (9-1) Maths ‘Mark schemes and marking training’
  • GCSE (9-1) Maths ‘Ask the Subject Expert’
  • AS/A Level Maths ‘Getting to know the Large Data Set’
  • A Level Maths B (MEI) ‘Getting to know the Comprehension Section’
  • plus many more.

2021-22 maths CPD

Core Maths - Getting started blog and a textbook

If you’re considering delivering Core Maths qualifications (or have just begun), Ruth’s new blog is full of helpful insights, tips and resources for making a start with these qualifications.

Ruth speaks to three teachers from around the country to get their thoughts on how to best get going with the qualifications.

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Also for Core Maths, we’re pleased to announce that the new textbook from Illuminate Publishing is now available. Written in conjunction with MEI, the new book offers high-quality support for students & teachers.

You can now get 20% off from the publisher using code OFFER20 (valid until 31 October 2021). The book can alternatively be ordered from your favourite bookstore.

MEI are also working on a free Teaching Companion to the textbook, which will include additional questions and worked solutions. Sections are now being added to the relevant courses in MEI's Integral website.

Getting started with Core Maths blog  Core Maths textbook

GCSE (9-1) Maths specification update
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We recently made some small updates to our GCSE (9-1) Maths Specification. Download the latest version from the qualification webpage.

Most of the amends made are updated links to qualification and admin support.

No content has been changed, but we've added a couple of clarifications including confirmation that students are not required to know Venn diagram notation (union, intersection and compliment symbols) for our qualification.

For full information, please see our subject information update.

Also new for GCSE (9-1) Maths, we’ve published some more ExamBuilder Topic Tests. You can find them in the Foundation and Higher topic test zip folders.

GCSE (9-1) Maths Specification

Entry Level Total Qualification Time

Please be aware that the updated Total Qualification Time for our Entry Level Mathematics (R449) is 120 hours. The Specification previously advised 140 hours.

Download the latest version from the qualification webpage.

For full information, please see our subject information update.

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Entry Level Mathematics (R449)