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Total Maths - November Newsletter
Total Maths

Welcome to the latest edition of Total Maths. We hope you had a great half-term.

Have you read our latest blog? In ‘Ideas to help students who find mechanics hard’ Maths Subject Advisor Steven Walker looks at why students are finding this area of the new A Level Mathematics qualifications particularly challenging and suggests solutions that can help.

For a summary of the latest updates and news regarding our qualifications and maths education, read on…

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

Readers in Maths assessments
OCR readers in maths assessment

Several of you have got in touch about the recent change to accessibility arrangements for students entitled to readers in Maths (and Science) exams.

JCQ have now released updated guidance - download 'Decoding guidance for readers – Maths and Science exams' from the Regulations and Guidance section on JCQ website.

View JCQ access arrangements

Teacher Networks

Our Teacher Networks begin later this month.

We'll be reviewing the summer 2019 assessment series across qualifications, including an in depth look at how students have performed over the last few years in GCSE (9-1) Mathematics assessments.

OCR Maths Teacher Networks

Areas that students have found challenging will be identified and suggestions for delivering them discussed.  You’ll also be able to network with other teachers from your local area.

They’re completely free to attend, so book yourself a place and we’ll see you there.

View upcoming Teacher Networks

New Functional Skills resources and professional development
Functional Skills maths lesson

We have a wide range of resources available for Functional Skills Mathematics, including a NEW 'Exploring the design of our question papers' guide that reviews how the new Functional Skills question paper look, including the assessment structure, command words, accessibility principles, the list of character names we’ll use and more. 

We’ve also published a content grid resource showing you the content progression across all levels.

This month we have several free Functional Skills professional development courses running. Our ‘Everything you Need to Know to Get Started with Functional Skills Mathematics’ takes place in London and Birmingham, but if you’re unable to make those we have a ‘What's New with Functional Skills Mathematics’ webinar that will help you get up to speed.

View upcoming professional development 

How to understand the updated mark schemes for Entry Level Mathematics

In this FREE webinar for Entry Level Mathematics (R449) we'll lead you through the updated mark schemes and how to apply these for the written tests.

You'll be able to engage and ask questions, so that you can confidently mark the internal assessment.

Entry level maths - understanding the updated mark schemes

Book on webinar

Upcoming GCSE (9-1) Maths exam feedback
Maths Exam Feedback CPD

Are you teaching GCSE (9-1) Maths and would like an in depth look at how students have performed in the GCSE assessments to date? 

Join us this month for some face-to-face 'Understanding the Assessment' events for GCSE (9-1) Mathematics for Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

During the events we'll examine student exam performance and suggest solutions on how to tackle the areas students are struggling with.

Exam feedback - foundation tier   Exam feedback - higher tier

Help the maths education community refine maths definitions

Cambridge Mathematics are currently developing the 'Cambridge Mathematics Framework' for 3-19 year olds.

Their work has highlighted a need for an accurate and accessible glossary of mathematical vocabulary.

Cambridge Mathematics define It App

To support the glossary that will be embedded in the framework they have launched the 'CM Define It' app. The app presents existing definitions of mathematical key terms and enables you to rate and feedback on definitions.

If you or anyone you know is interested in rating some mathematical definitions, you can sign up by visiting

Find out more