An Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme : Research Report

BOYLAN, Mark, DEMACK, Sean, STEVENS, Anna, COLDWELL, Michael and STIELL, Bernadette (2016). An Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme : Research Report. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University.

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Abstract

The four key focus areas for the 2014-16 evaluation were to consider: • capacity and capability building • reach to schools/colleges, teachers and students • effectiveness of the programme (quality and impact) • sustainability beyond the end of the programme The evaluation also sought to assess the viability and value of quantitative modelling of Further Mathematics and FMSP activity, including identifying any relevant issues in drawing together disparate databases, to provide a quantitative baseline for future evaluation and to develop tools for future evaluation, including assessing the value of focus group interviews with students as a data collection method. The evaluation affirms previous findings about the quality and value of FMSP activity and the positive regard of stakeholders for the programme. It supports a continuation of a varied programme offer. The analysis highlights the important role that the FMSP has and can play in supporting Further Mathematics culture particularly in contexts and centres in challenging circumstances. The evaluation confirms the impact that the FMSP has had on widening participation in Further Mathematics, but also indicates that access to Further Mathematics - and so to both the intrinsic benefits of this as well as access to further opportunities - continues to be more available to students who are socially and economically advantaged.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Departments: Development and Society > Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Depositing User: Anna Stevens
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 10:19
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 23:12
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14897

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