The FMSP is supporting level 3 diploma learners with their mathematics.
There is mathematics in several diploma lines of learning including IT, Construction and the Built Environment (CBE), and Engineering.
The level 3 Engineering Diploma includes a mathematics unit in its principal learning component. This unit is called Mathematical Techniques and Applications for Engineers. There is also a level 3 additional specialist learning (ASL) unit for the Engineering Diploma called Mathematics for Engineering.
The FMSP’s remit is to support diploma practitioners in the following ways:
To provide expert advice to teachers and lecturers
FMSP Area Coordinators (ACs) in each government region are available to give free support and advice about level 3 mathematics to practitioners in their region. Contact details for Richard Browne, the national coordinator for this strand of work, and the 19 ACs may be found below.
Encouraging support networks for those teaching diplomas
The FMSP, through its partner, the NCETM, is inviting mathematics practitioners to join new networking groups. The groups will support those who are teaching mathematics in the engineering diploma (whether mathematics teachers or engineering teachers) by providing opportunities to meet together and share what they are doing, as well as to try out the resources available.
This groundbreaking initiative is aimed at Engineering Mathematics Level 3 practitioners, and anyone teaching mathematics within other engineering courses, who wants to seize a valuable opportunity to investigate a variety of teaching approaches, network and learn from others and explore and develop resources. The initial meetings were held in Manchester, London and Bristol between 22 November and 3 December 2010.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing an online VLE for the specialist mathematics in the level 3 Engineering Diploma
The FMSP has compiled online resources for the compulsory mathematics unit in the level 3 engineering diploma, Mathematical Techniques and Applications. These resources cover all the content, whichever exam specification is being used, and include signposts for users indicating which content is relevant to each specification. We will make these resources available to schools and colleges that register with the FMSP. Registration is free and may be done easily online at www.furthermaths.org.uk/register.php
Piloting support for the teaching and learning of the ASL mathematics unit in the level 3 Engineering Diploma
FMSP ACs are keen to support and work with practitioners teaching the ASL unit Mathematics for Engineering, with a view to developing a package of teaching and learning materials that will include an online VLE, tailored to the needs of teachers and learners on the Mathematics for Engineering course. Part of this work will involve developing exemplars of mathematics being used in real world applications, often in the workplace, to motivate and contextualise learning.
Developing a CPD course specifically aimed at enhancing the skills of those who will be teaching level 3 mathematics within diplomas and embedding these in practice
Working with the NCETM, the FMSP will create a CPD course specifically aimed at developing the skills of those who will be teaching the level 3 mathematics in diplomas and embedding these in practice. The NCETM self-evaluation tools will be developed to include bespoke tools for diploma teachers.
FMSP Area Coordinators are mathematics experts who are available to support mathematics teaching in diplomas, in all the ways mentioned above.The FMSP team is:
|National Coordinator:||Richard Browneemail@example.com|
|North West||Martin Bamberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|North East||Phil Moxonemail@example.com|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Jean Smithfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|West Midlands||Phil Chaffeemail@example.com|
|East Midlands||Rod Bondfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|East of England||Chris Sakeremail@example.com|
|South East||Gill Buquefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|South West||Ted Grahamemail@example.com|
updated by RB 13 December.