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Total Maths - October Newsletter
Total Maths

Welcome to the latest edition of Total Maths!

We hope term has got off to a great start for you.

Remember we've pulled together in one place everything you need to support your planning, teaching and training. Visit our ‘Welcome Back’ page for resources for planning and teaching, mock preparation and open days, upcoming professional development courses, key dates and more.

Please also remember that we've changed the names and entry codes for our Core Maths qualifications. Quantitative Reasoning (H866) is now Core Maths A (H868) and Quantitative Problem Solving (H867) is now Core Maths B (H869)

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, Caroline, Steven and Ruth - your Maths Subject Advisors

Maths Teacher Networks
Teacher Networks

Join us for a FREE Teacher Network in November.

We’ll review 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.

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

Functional Skills - exploring the design of our question papers

To help you and your students prepare for the new Functional Skills maths, take a look at our new 'Exploring the design of our question papers' guide.

These resources lead you through the design of the papers, including the assessment structure, Command Words, Accessibility Principles, the list of character names we’ll use in our questions and more!

Functional Skills Maths

Download it now from our Functional Skills ‘Planning and teaching’ webpage, where you can also find Schemes of Work, delivery guides, activities, a poster and mapping guides.

Download guide

Give every student the chance to achieve
Post-16 English and Maths give every student the chance to achieve

We provide a full GCSE and Functional Skills offer for Post-16 English and maths, including dedicated support and resources specifically designed to engage 16–19 year old students.

Our new Post-16 support is avaliable for both Functional Skills and GCSE, in addition to the core support already in place for these qualifications.

Our focus on accessibility in these Post-16 maths qualifications will help your students understand exactly what they need to do in their assessment, increase their engagement and motivation in classes and increase confidence and resilience, helping them to achieve what they need to do to pass.

Discover GCSE Maths    Discover Functional Skills Maths 

How to understand the updated mark schemes for Entry Level Mathematics

In the last Total Maths newsletter, we let you know about the updated mark schemes for Entry Level Mathematics (R449) and you can now join us for an 'Understanding the Assessment' webinar to find out more.

We'll be focusing on how to understand the updated mark schemes for Entry Level Mathematics (R449) and how to apply these for the Written Tests. 

Entry Level certificate for mathematics lesson

Maths Subject Advisor, Caroline Hodgson, will be hosting the webinar. You'll be able to engage and ask questions, so that you can confidently mark the internal assessment.

Book on webinar

Understanding the Assessment - GCSE (9-1) exam feedback
Professional development courses 2019/2020

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

In these session we'll review student performance in the assessments to date, which will help inform your delivery. We'll also identify common mistakes and misconceptions and discuss methods to address these.

Exam feedback - foundation tier   Exam feedback - higher tier

Upcoming conferences

Are you heading out to any maths conferences in the next month?

We’ll be attending La Salle MathsConf21 in Peterborough on Saturday 12 October, PiXL Maths Conference at Central Hall, London on Wednesday 16 October and then SET Annual Conference in Birmingham on Wednesday 6 November.

Event conferences

Our Maths Subject Advisors will be on hand to discuss maths and our qualifications, plus we’ll have plenty of giveaways on the stand for you to take away - we hope to see you there.

View upcoming events