If you’re getting ready to teach the new AS and A-level Maths qualifications next year, we think you should see AQA’s brand new Teaching guidance, no matter which board you teach with.
As the UK’s largest awarding body, AQA wants every teacher to feel confident in approaching the new content and assessment this September.
The AQA AS and A-level Maths Teaching guidance is the resource maths teachers have been waiting for. Designed to help you plan your teaching for the new course, this comprehensive guide shows how AQA have interpreted the new specification content and provides example questions of how the content could be assessed.
The Teaching guidance covers the entire content of AQA’s new AS and A-level Maths specification and is now available to download in full from its All About Maths website.
The content for new AS and A-level Maths is the same across all awarding bodies, as prescribed by the Department for Education (DfE). The AQA Teaching guidance is designed to take you a step further, by taking the detail outlined in the DfE-defined content and illustrating how this will work for you and your students in practice.
Each section begins with a snapshot of the specification content in question, with clarification of which elements relate to A-level only, or both AS and A-level. This is accompanied by teaching guidance notes revealing how AQA has interpreted the specification content and explaining what students should be able to do to meet the requirements of the topic.
The aim of this guide is to really bring the defined content to life for you and your students.
As an assessment expert, AQA knows how to write question papers that give students of all abilities a fair chance to shine. Consistent with its new GCSE, AQA’s new A-level papers are clear, with more white-space and no unnecessary language.
It has also improved the layout of its papers by breaking up questions into their separate parts, making sure there’s enough space for students to consider each section and answer.
This is demonstrated in the Teaching guidance, where each section of the specification content is accompanied by a handful of new and relevant legacy questions to demonstrate how your students’ knowledge may be tested.
This, along with its specimen assessment materials and practice papers which will be released closer to the first exams, will help you build a picture of what will be expected of your students at exam time.
The AQA Teaching guidance is just one of the many resources coming your way over the next two years. Along with this invaluable planning tool, AQA will also be publishing schemes of work in the form of customisable route maps to help you navigate and plan out your teaching of the new content.
To be released in July, these tools will help you plan co-teaching of the AS and A-level content, as well as the maths and further maths content, allowing you to map out a smooth route through the new specifications towards first exams.
To help you and your students familiarise yourselves with AQA’s new content and assessment style, you’ll also be provided with topic tests to help you track progression and identify where additional support may be needed.
These will be supported by two additional sets of practice papers with its mark schemes, for those all-important mock exams.