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Total Maths - July

Dear Colleague,

How are you? Well done and thank you for all your amazing work over the last few months in determining and submitting grades to us. We hope that the end of term is stress free for you and that you’re able to enjoy a relaxing summer break.

To ensure that we’re offering you the exact support you need, we would like to ask you some questions about the resources and support we offer for GCSE and A Level Maths. The short survey should only take around 5 minutes and will help us to keep delivering the qualification support that you need.

As ever, if there is any further support that OCR can provide for you then please do contact us anytime. Our role is to support you as you deliver our qualifications.

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

Summer 2021 support
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JCQ has now published detailed guidance on the appeals process for summer 2021. The full information is available from the JCQ website, but we’ve summarised the process and timelines for you.

We’ll be releasing more information about appeals shortly, keep an eye out for announcements.

We’ve published sampling of evidence guidance for Core Maths and FSMQ and also grading and sampling of evidence guidance for Entry Level.

Further information on summer 2021 is available from the summer 2021 pages of the OCR website.

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

Find out more

Introduction to OCR GCSE (9-1) Mathematics webinar

**Next Week**

Whether you’re interested in learning more about OCR GCSE (9-1) Maths, new to the qualification, or an experienced teacher wanting to make sure you’re getting the most of the qualification and its support, book yourself a free place on our webinar introducing the qualification.

  • Tuesday 6 July – 16:00-17:00
GCSE Maths for all - supporting foundation students

In the webinar we’ll look at…

  • the benefits to delivering the OCR qualification,
  • about how the specification sets out content to aid your teaching,
  • differences between our qualification and other GCSE (9-1) Mathematics qualifications,
  • free resources and support available to you.

We’ve also recently published six more ExamBuilder topic tests. Foundation and Higher tier tests for ‘OCR6: Algebra’, ‘OCR9: Congruence and similarity’ and ‘OCR11: Probability’ are now available.

Introduction to OCR GCSE (9-1) Mathematics webinar

Upcoming conferences
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Conferences are remaining online for the most part this term and there are several coming up over the next few weeks.

MEI Conference, Friday 9 July - Saturday 10 July.

  • We have a virtual stand where you’ll be able to speak to a member of the team and also pick up resources and support documents.

La Salle Education’s #MathsConf26, Saturday 10 July.

  • Neil will be delivering a session introducing our Level 3 FSMQ: Additional Mathematics.
  • We’ll also be available to speak to and answer your questions in our virtual drop-in room.

MEI Conference   #MathsConf26

Logs blog

In his latest blog Steven looks at logarithms in A Level Maths. He discusses common mistakes and misconceptions seen by examiners, as well as sharing links to useful support for students.

The blog includes ideas for introducing the topic, which would also be useful for students studying our Level 3 FSMQ: Additional Maths.

Maths blogs

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Join our Teacher Insight Panel
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Our Teacher Insight Panel enables you to have your say about how we support you. It's your chance to tell us about what you’d like us to develop, change or implement in our qualifications and resources.

You'll also have the opportunity to talk to other teachers, join in discussions and inform us about the changes you’d like to make.

  • It’s all online so you can take part in discussion when it’s convenient for you.
  • Take part in as many activities or discussions as are relevant to you.
  • You could be invited to further have your say with some of our specialist staff.
  • Get involved in the development of new qualifications and services.

We’re shortly to be reviewing Active Results reports for GCSE (9-1) Maths, so make sure you’re signed up if you’d like to know more.

Register Now

AMSP Support

The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) has made available a series of support packages for centres and students that have lost teaching time recently.

This includes a free online course designed specially to support students who have studied A level Mathematics and are progressing to an undergraduate degree course this autumn (especially maths, engineering, or physics). Students working through the course will consolidate their skills and understanding, building their confidence with mathematics to help them make a successful transformation to university.

AMSP Support

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