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Accelerating Progress: mathematics


What is it?

ASDAN’s Accelerating Progress mathematics course has been designed to support students at GCSE in England, with a special focus on helping learners gain a four or five.

Accessible and engaging challenges are designed to stimulate learners’ interest in the subject and help them experience success.

The programme has been written by a practising mathematics specialist with experience in helping learners make progress and realise their full potential.

Accelerating Progresss supports learners to develop the skills required for the problem solving element of questions within the current mathematics specification – the problem solving element is an issue that many students need extra support with. 

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Who is it for?

The course has been designed for learners in Years 10 and 11 in England. In addition, the course can be used to:

  • support post-16 students retaking GCSE English
  • help Year 9s explore the more challenging aspects of the specification before starting GCSEs

How can it be delivered?

This flexible course can be delivered in a variety of different ways, including during after-school intervention sessions.

One of the many advantages to the course is that it has been designed so that non-specialists, as well as fully qualified mathematics teachers, can deliver it. The nature of the course means it can be delivered by a wide variety of staff, which gives schools and colleges more options for delivery. 

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Course details

Students complete engaging challenges, collect evidence of their work and identify skills development. The challenges in the mathematics programme have a contextual approach, applying subject material to day-to-day events. This reflects the greater emphasis in the mathematics GCSE on applying new skills and knowledge to real-life problems and situations.

Learners can access the course in two ways:

  • Learner workbook: Learners can complete challenges in the learner workbook and gather additional evidence in their portfolio. The workbooks include space for tutors to log feedback, with a record of progress page to demonstrate students’ progress throughout the course. Download sample pages from the Accelerating Progress mathematics learner workbook.
  • E-portfolio: Each learner will receive a login for the e-portfolio, where they will be able to view challenges, upload evidence and access resources. The e-portfolio shows learners’ recent activity and which challenge they need to move on to next.

Learner resources

Electronic copies of a wide range of learner resources such as worksheets and templates are provided when you purchase a copy of the tutor support manual, along with challenge walk-throughs offering a step-by-step guide to each challenge.

Tutor support manual

A tutor support manual is available for the Accelerating Progress mathematics course. This resource has been designed to support experienced mathematics practitioners as well as non-specialists in delivering the course. 

The manual includes detailed tutor notes for each challenge and information on mathematics skills development. Print copies of the manuals include an electronic version, which contains learner resources.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that Accelerating Progress is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase resources and e-portfolio logins via the members area of this website. 

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Accelerating Progress, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 


Once students' work has been internally moderated, centres can request certificates for successful candidates from ASDAN.

There is no external moderation for this programme, although ASDAN reserves the right to request samples of candidates' work for quality assurance purposes.


All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Accelerating Progress tutor support manual (per course) £139.00 +VAT
Accelerating Progress learner workbook (per learner, per course) £12.00 +VAT
1-29 learner registrations £9.00
30-49 learner registrations £8.00
50+ learner registrations £7.00
Accelerating Progress PDF certificate Free
Accelerating Progress printed and foiled certificate (optional, per learner, per course) £2.35


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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