AS Module D1: Teaching Decision Mathematics for the First Time | Lighthouse Professional Development

AS Module D1: Teaching Decision Mathematics for the First Time

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The workshop is suitable for all A level specifications and has been specifically designed to provide teachers with the personal competencies, knowledge and skills to teach some of the key topics in the first module of Decision Mathematics at A-level.

The workshop will also give teachers some practical guidance on teaching Decision Mathematics.

Aims of the course are to:

  • Provide those teachers new to the subject an overview of the range of topics in Decision Mathematics
  • Give a working knowledge of the notation and terminology of the models used in Decision mathematics
  • Demonstrate the solution of problems using algorithmic approaches
  • Experience teaching approaches that actively engage students in their learning

Who should attend?
Teachers in schools and colleges who will be teaching a D1 module for the first time in the near future, those who are fairly new to teaching the subject and those who would like to update their subject knowledge.


9:30 Arrival, registration and coffee 12:30 Restaurant Lunch
10:00 Welcome & introduction Introducing Decision mathematics
  • A selection of problems illustrating topics in Decision Mathematics
  • Example of modelling and problem solving approaches

Minimum Connector Problems

  • Prim and Kruskal’s algorithms for solving minimum connector problems
  • The gallery walk learning method


  • An introduction to the use of Bipartite Graphs
  • Maximum matching algorithm
11:15 Coffee 15:30 Evaluation and close of course

Graphs and their Properties

  • The notation and terminology of graphs used as models in Decision mathematics
  • Dijkstra’s algorithm for shortest path problems

Professor John

John is an experienced teacher, author and examiner. He was Professor of Mathematics Education at a university in the south of England for over 20 years. He now teaches A-level Mathematics as the Mathematics Professor in Residence at an independent school and works with groups of able and talented students from Key Stage 3 and 4 in the school, providing an enrichment programme.

Within his freelance role, John runs one-day workshops for able and talented primary and secondary students in mathematics. He has many years’ experience delivering well-received professional development courses for teachers both at a national and an international level. John has published widely, including the Do Brilliantly at Revision guides for AS and A2 Mathematics.

Suitable for: 
Senior/Secondary, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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