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University of Warwick Helps Warwickshire Schools Excel at Further Maths A level

University of Warwick mathematicians have helped two dozen Coventry and Warwickshire schools excel in their further maths A level results, sending school pupils off to study maths to degree level at Warwick, Oxford and many other universities.

The University of Warwick based Coventry and Warwickshire Further Mathematics Centre (part of the national Further Mathematics Network) has been supporting 24 schools and colleges in Coventry and Warwickshire, working with them to provide their sixth form students with Further Mathematics tuition. Some of the 100+ local students receiving tuition travel to the University of Warwick to attend their Further Mathematics sessions. Others are visited in their school/college by a tutor.

Further Mathematics is theseciond fastest growing subject at A-level. The number of candidates sitting the exam  has increased significantly this year (from 6,000 to 7872 in just three years). The increase in numbers sitting AS-level Further Maths is even more impressive – up well over 50 per cent in the same period.

Dr Tim Honeywill, the Coventry and Warwickshire Further Mathematics Centre Manager, said, "It’s been great to see so many students eager to learn, and to watch them flourish, grow in confidence and develop skills that will help them at university and beyond. Being able to work with local schools and colleges to set this up has been a pleasure and a privilege."

The following Students who took part in the programme are willing to be interviewed:

Matthew Green:
Results: Further Maths A, Maths A, Physics A, Chemistry A
Going to study Maths with Computer Science at Oxford University (St. John's)
He went to Aylesford School in Warwick and lives in Warwick.

Xenia Zwarycz
Results: AS Additional Further Maths A, Further Maths A, Maths A, Chemistry A,
ICT A, General Studies A
Going to study an MMath at the University of Warwick.
She went to Cardinal Newman School and lives in Coventry.

Notes for Editors

1. The Further Mathematics Network is a government-funded initiative, supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and is managed by Mathematics in Education and Industry, an independent charity that supports mathematics education. It was set up following a successful 5 year pilot project that was developed by MEI and funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2. The Further Mathematics Network involves schools, colleges and universities working together collaboratively to widen opportunities for students. It uses a blended learning strategy that employs intensive tutorial input alongside independent study that is supported by extensive, purpose-written, online resources. This model is proving very successful and, suitably adapted, could be used by other high-value shortage subjects such as physics and modern languages.

3. Further Mathematics reinforces the content of the standard AS/A-level Mathematics and introduces students to fundamental concepts such as complex numbers and matrices, which are vital for many mathematics related degrees.

4. For more information please contact Tim Honeywill on 02476528326 or by email at . Coventry and Warwickshire Further Mathematics Centre
Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL,