The Further Mathematics Support Programme Wales is looking for experienced and enthusiastic mathematics teachers, lecturers and postgraduate students with a passion for problem solving. These tutors will help develop and deliver an exciting new A-level Mathematics enrichment programme for Wales' most promising and ambitious mathematicians, in order to support their mathematical development and facilitate their preparation for university extension papers and tests, such as STEP and MAT. The tutors will be supporting small groups of students across Wales alongside the network of SEREN Hubs.
Whom are we looking to recruit? Are you the type of person that loves nothing more than the challenge of an unusual maths problem? Would you like to work in an experienced team of likeminded individuals? Would you like to work with ambitious and highly motivated students, supporting their development as problem solvers? If your answer is yes to these questions then you may be the type of person the Further Maths Support Programme is looking to recruit. We welcome A-level mathematics teachers, HEI lecturers, retired mathematicians and postgraduate mathematics students.
The benefits for successful applicants include:
How to apply – please email your brief CV and a short outline of your experience in supporting the learning of mathematics beyond school syllabus to Stephen Earles - firstname.lastname@example.org by 23rd June. Experience of STEP and MAT papers is welcome but not essential. Plenty of support will be available for tutors who are new to STEP type questions. Classes are planned to take place after school and on Saturdays depending on tutor availability. All successful candidates will be DBS checked.
A recent review of mathematics education post-16 in England conducted by Sir Adrian Smith highlighted the role HEIs play in influencing the uptake of 16-18 mathematics qualifications as well as in offering support for schools and colleges. The report argues the need for universities to articulate their mathematics needs more widely. Many students arrive at universities with unrealistic expectations of mathematical content of their degrees courses. However, schools and colleges are heavily influenced by university entry requirements and thus the report suggests that universities “should better signal and recognise the value of level 3 mathematics qualifications for entry to undergraduate course with a significant quantitative element” (recommendation 4). The report also recognises the role HEI play in supporting mathematics teaching. Good examples include universities setting up a mathematics sixth form with strong emphasis on mathematics (King’s College London, University of Exeter) and developing teaching materials informed by academic research (Mathematics Education Centre in Loughborough University working with Further Maths Support Programme (FMSPW), Underground Maths project by led by Cambridge University). The report highlights the impact of the FMSPW on the provision for Further Mathematics as well as teacher professional development. FMSPW, alongside with Isaac Physic MOOC for A-level teaching, are also mentioned as good examples of technology used to address capacity shortages. The report invites investigating into the role and effectiveness of technology in the teaching 16-18 mathematics and recommends funding online professional development resources. The summary is prepared by FMSPW, contact Dr Sofya Lyakhova at S.Lyakhova@Swansea.ac.uk for more info.
This pilot STEP 2&3 course organised by Gower College Swansea and the Further Mathematics Support programme (FMSPW) Wales was a success, with two students accepted to read Mathematics in Cambridge University in 2015. Congratulations to Omkar Kamat from Bassaleg School and Jamie Dougherty from Gower College Swansea.
This year's Further Mathematics A-level results are again a cause for celebration in Wales and more Welsh students will go on to study a STEM degree with a Further Mathsqualification.
This year's Further Mathematics A-level results are again a cause for celebration in Wales. Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics results have built upon last year's increased entry with further rises. The proportion of Mathematics students who sat Further Mathematics A-level reached 11.7%, which is the highest result ever in Further Mathematics in Wales
Swansea University hosted a successful HEA Stem (MSOR) Event entitled Tackling Transition in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research workshop held on Tuesday 25th March 2014. The successful event saw 21 delegates from Schools, Colleges and Higher Education Institutions from across Mid and South Wales working together to consider the problems and issues relating to the transition for students into Higher Education and to come up with innovative ideas that would help manage and improve the transition.
In December 2013 the Welsh Government announced funding would be provided over two years for the continuation of the FMSPW. The significant annual funding of £225,000 would be made available in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Welsh Government Education Minister Huw Lewis said "We've made a commitment to improving levels of numeracy and enhancing the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics"." High level maths skills open doors to so many careers for our learners and we must support them to get the skills they need to succeed".
This year's Further Mathematics A-level results are again a cause for celebration in Wales. Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics results have built upon last year's increased entry with further rises.
More pupils and students in Wales are to get support with Maths as the Further Maths Support Programme Wales has received funding from the Welsh Government to extend the project in the 2013/2014 academic year. The pilot Further Maths Support Programme Wales started in October 2010 and covered Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Pembrokeshire but the increased funding will mean that Rhondda Cynon Taf and Anglesey and other parts of North Wales will be included in the project.
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The proportion of Mathematics students who sat Further Mathematics A-level reached 9.2%, which is the highest result ever and also the fastest annual growth in Further Mathematics in the last eight years. Compared with last year A-level Further Mathematics student numbers have increased by nearly 29% from 240 to 309.