The Standards Unit including software

The Standards Unit are a collection of resources produced in response to the Smith Report by the Department for Education and Skills. They use ‘active learning’ strategies that were originally planned for use post-16 but have now been introduced into the secondary sector. The well known Dr Malcom Swann of Nottingham University played a big role in the development of the resources that span the whole secondary maths curriculum.

I personally use these resources a lot and consider them to promote high levels of mathematical thought and making connections between topics. In addition to the paper-based resources, the Standards Unit also features software applets. I have added as many of these that I can find to the list below, but there are more out there. If you find a link to a piece of software discussed in the Standards Unit and it isn’t included below could you please send me the link so I can make it available to everyone.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the Standards Unit you can from the NCETM website.


The Standards Unit Resources

Mostly Number

N1 Ordering fractions and decimals

N2 Evaluating statements about number operations

N3 Rounding numbers

N4 Estimating length, using standard form

N5 Understanding laws of arithmetic

N6 Developing proportional reasoning

N7 Using percentages to increase quantities

N8 Using directed numbers in context

N9 Evaluating directed number statements

N10 Developing an exam question: number

N11 Manipulating surds

N12 Using indices

N13 Analysing sequences

Mostly Algebra

A1 Interpreting algebraic expressions

A2 Creating and solving equations

A3 Creating and solving harder equations

A4 Evaluating algebraic expressions

A5 Interpreting distance-time graphs with a computer

A6 Interpreting distance-time graphs

A7 Interpreting functions, graphs and tables

A8 Developing an exam question: generalising patterns

A9 Performing number magic. Adding pairs applet. Calendar applet. Consecutive sums applet. Pyramid applet.  Routes applet

A10 Connecting perpendicular lines

A11 Factorising cubics

A12 Exploring trigonometrical graphs

A13 Simplifying logarithmic expressions

A14 Exploring equations in parametric form

Mostly Shape and Space

SS1 Classifying shapes

SS2 Understanding perimeter and area

SS3 Dissecting a square

SS4 Evaluating statements about length and area

SS5 Evaluating statements about enlargement

SS6 Representing 3D shapes. Link to software referred to on mathsnet site.

SS7 Transforming shapes

SS8 Developing an exam question: transformations

Mostly Statistics

S1 Ordering probabilities

S2 Evaluating probability statements

S3 Using probability computer games. Coin races applet. Dice races applet

S4 Understanding mean, median, mode and range. Stats 1 applet. Stats 2 applet.

S5 Interpreting bar charts, pie charts, box and whisker plots

S6 Interpreting frequency graphs, cumulative frequency graphs, box and whisker plots

S7 Developing an exam question: probability

S8 Using binomial probabilities

Mostly Calculus

C1 Linking the properties and forms of quadratic functions

C2 Exploring functions involving fractional and negative powers of x

C3 Matching functions and derivatives

C4 Differentiating and integrating fractional and negative powers

C5 Finding stationary points of cubic functions


O1 Moving from Eulerian graphs to route inspection (Chinese postman problem)

O2 Exploring equations of motion

O3 Solving problems using Newton’s Law

Professional Development

PD1 Getting started. Presentation

PD2 Learning for mistakes and misconceptions. Presentation

PD3 Looking at learning activities. Presentation

PD4 Managing discussion

PD5 Developing questioning. Presentation

PD6 Using formative assessment. Presentation


4 Responses

  1. Thank you for making these resources available.

  2. Kylie Dow says:

    Thanks for this – I taught the Number Magic lesson last term but couldn’t find my CD-Rom with the software on. Will bookmark this page for future reference!

    • Finne says:

      Was the software on one of the CD Roms or a DVD?. Does anyone know which CD or does anyone have a spare DVD as I have some of the materials but some are missing – an empty box that says ‘exploring the approaches’ should have a DVD . I need software I can install as I don’t have internet access where I teach.

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