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Further Maths, A level, GCSE

and earlier Key Stages

Help to improve understanding, application and, most importantly, grades

1 to 1 Personal, Professional Tuition in your own home

Based in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire - prepared to travel upto 25 miles


Bob Sutherland

tel: 01453 521778
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BSc(Hons) - Applied Science/Mathematics
Royal Military College of Science (Shrivenham)
MSc - Computer Science
Birmingham University
Over 30 years in education, training and consultancy



Whilst I am only too happy to try and assist with last minute cramming for an exam, it is usually much better to support students' work over a longer period. This avoids a last-minute panic and provides time to address any weaknesses in a meaningful way. I have found some students to have fundamental arithmetic weaknesses which have undermined all their subsequent efforts and these weaknesses take time to sort out.

The message is: "Plan Ahead"

DBS (formerlyCRB) checking

I am not DBS checked because it is not possible for an individual to request such a check. See:

but I am perfectly willing to undergo the process if you are able to request it.

The following rates are applicable from July 2015 for 1:1 tuition
All levels up to and including A-level £30 per hour
Further Maths A level £35 per hour
Other levels/session lengths by negotiation


Have Maths examinations got easier? Back in the 1960’s, when I took my exams, Maths was probably the most feared of all GCE ’O’ Levels. Here are some example papers from then; compare them with today’s GCSEs and draw your own conclusions.

1968 Papers

If you are slightly confused by the lack of Calculus - there were two Joint Matriculation Syllabuses, ‘A’ and ‘B’. The latter, shown here, was for Secondary Modern schools that allowed GCE examination. Grammar Schools took Syllabus ‘A’ which also included differentiation, integration, curve-fitting and maxima/minima (dy/dx = 0). So far I have been unable to track down any Syllabus A papers.

Recent GCSE Papers
International IGCSE Papers 2006 (These are generally regarded as harder than the normal GCSE)

The following are Cambridge University International GCSE papers :



The following is a list of the major English Examination Board websites. They contain vast amounts of information about all courses and give access to many resources including Past Papers.


  • Mathematics: made to measure............ 22 May 2012-Ofsted---This report is based predominantly on evidence from inspections of mathematics between January 2008 and July 2011 in maintained schools in England. Inspectors visited 160 primary and 160 secondary schools and observed more than 470 primary and 1,200 secondary mathematics lessons. The report is also informed by good practice visits to 11 primary schools, one secondary school and two sixth-form colleges, but the evidence from these visits is not included in the proportions quoted in the report. The report draws attention to serious inequalities in pupils’ experiences and achievements. It includes examples of best practice that help avoid or overcome the inequalities and weaker practice that exacerbates them........(pdf file - Adobe Acrobat Reader required)


A new version of GCSE mathematics is being introduced for teaching commencing in 2015.

The Edexcel description of the new course is described in:

New Maths GCSE-2015 Specification

New Maths-2015 Sample Papers

Full details of the National Curriculum changes can be found here:

The National Curriculum for Mathematics