Supporting Low Attainers to Achieve a Level 2 Qualification in Mathematics Work Group

What is involved?

This programme supports participants from schools and colleges to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Level 2 Maths curriculum and awareness of pedagogical approaches that best support students taking a Level 2 Maths qualification for the second time.

Participants’ departments will, through shared good practice, become more effective in supporting students whose route towards a Level 2 qualification crosses phases of education. The development of transferable teaching techniques, which align to the NCETM’s Essence of Mathematics Teaching for Mastery underpinning principles, will be a pervasive element of the Work Group’s remit. 

Participants are expected to attend the equivalent of three full days of workshops and to complete practice-based tasks between sessions.

What does the programme cover?

As a participant on this programme, you will:

  • have a deeper understanding of the approaches which will support students as they move from KS4 to post-16 (GCSE Resit and/or Functional Skills), including the importance of consistency of language and representations relating to specific areas of the curriculum. 
  • ensure that lesson design and pedagogy demonstrate a secure knowledge of curriculum continuity and sequencing. 

Secondary participants will: 

  • change their practice to address areas where there are possible barriers to progression in post-16 GCSE Resit/Functional Skills to reinforce continuity for students.

Post-16 GCSE Resit/Functional Skills participants will 

  • make use of approaches, representations and language commonly seen in secondary practice to reinforce continuity for students. 

Who can take part?

This Work Group is intended for teachers whose students will study Level 2 mathematics across the secondary/post 16 phases. 

The target groups of participants in this Work Group are: 

  • teachers of Year 10 and Year 11 students in secondary education  


  • teachers of post-16 GCSE Maths resit and/or Functional Skills Maths in secondary and further education. 

Participants may be based in secondary schools, UTCs, FE colleges, Sixth Form colleges, schools with post-16 provision, or other post-16 settings. 

Participants will be representing their institution and working with colleagues between Work Group sessions, so ideally will have some responsibility to develop teaching and lead change. 

What is the cost?

This programme project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Solihull College & University College Blossomfield Campus B91 1SB
Session 1
Friday 9/2/24
9.30am – 4pm
Session 2
Friday 22/3/24
9.30am – 4pm
Session 3
Friday 14/6/24
9.30am – 4pm

If you are interested in taking part in 2024-25, please register your interest below

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