The Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP), funded by the Department for Education (DfE), is part of the government's plan to increase participation and raise standards in mathematics education for post-16 students. Their ambition is for the majority of students to continue studying maths until 18 years old by 2020.
Introduced in September 2014, Core Maths is a two-year, Level 3 course for students who achieve a Grade C or above pass at GCSE Maths but have decided not to study A Level Maths. The qualification is designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of work, study and life. The first examinations took place in the summer of 2016.
The Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP) is a sector-led model aimed at supporting schools and colleges to promote and implement the Core Maths qualification; beginning with the early adopters in September 2014.
Working with a team of 35 Core Maths Leads the CMSP offers regional training events and local support groups within each Maths Hub area. The CMSP offers a number of professional development opportunities including lesson study, subject knowledge enhancement and Core Maths modules offered at Masters level. Further details can be found here.
The programme also has a Core Maths website, which provides a range of over two hundred freely available materials for teaching Core Maths. These resources are helpful for all centres teaching Core Maths and provide a good basis for centres just starting to do so.