A-Level Maths Resources for Teachers and Students

March 2013

Welcome to the March 2013 newsletter from MathsBank.

Things are getting busy here as we gear up for another exam season. For the students among you, it's time to make sure you're really on top of each topic as you begin to think about revision work.

Update on the Book Reviews

We finally have a date from the publisher, Colourpoint, about a release date for the AS book: this will take place in May this year. See the publisher's website for more details. There is still no news about a publication date for the A2 book, but we are assuming that will take place later this year. If you are waiting for a copy of either book, sorry again for the delay. You will get your promised book in due course. Thanks again if you helped out with these reviews.

KS2 Practice Papers

Just a reminder about a set of practice papers being developed for our sister website at Orchard Education Solutions . There is a collection of Key Stage 2 worksheets on a wide range of topics. There are also practice papers for the Northern Ireland Transfer Test, and these should be useful for anybody requiring extra KS2 test materials. There are also now some A-Level practice papers here for the C1 and C2 modules, Edexcel and CCEA specifications.

MathsBank Blog

Check out the MathsBank Blog for the latest Maths Education news. Why not click the 'Follow' button on the right-hand side of the page.

The new stories since we last wrote to you:

  We brought you news of a maths writing competition  organised by Plus Magazine and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Good luck to all those who entered!

  To celebrate the life and work of Alan Turing, Manchester University are running a code-breaking competition. With the competition running until April, it may not be too late to enter.

  Christmas Day 2012 marked the 370th anniversary of the birth of Sir Isaac Newton , arguably England's greatest ever mathematician.

  Education Secretary Michael Gove set out his long-awaited plans to overhaul the A-Level system in England. Read about it here.

  After criticism from teaching unions, academics and fellow MPs, Michael Gove has withdrawn his plans to replace the GCSE with English Baccalaureate certificates in key subjects from 2015. But has his U-turn really changed anything?

  Finally, a new study has highlighted the differences in mathematical ability between the children of different countries at different ages. For the UK, sadly, it's a story of youngsters failing to live up to early promise. Read more here.

Feedback

Please continue to let us know if you have anything to say about MathsBank, good or bad, e.g. if you spot anything missing or broken, question topics you'd like to see included, etc. Your feedback is most appreciated.

That's all from us for now.

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