What is MathsMap?

How does MathsMap work?


Is there a demo for MathsMap?


How can I buy MathsMap?


What happens when I buy MathsMap?


What happens if I forget my username or password?


What do I see inside MathsMap?


What happens if the main user account holder leaves?


What happens if one of the other users leaves?






What is MathsMap?

MathsMap is a website which can be used to help to assess pupils and plan the teaching of maths in the classroom. It is informed by Ray Maher's 25 years of teaching and his international experience of developing maths resources and delivering training and consultancy to teachers and Head Teachers. In 2010 Ray and Mike Powell, who had worked together previously in Bradford, invented the concept of MathsMap and in May 2011 MathsMap was launched. More information about Ray and Mike can be found here.


The present version of MathsMap is based on the framework provided by Assessing Pupils’ Progress (APP). This was developed by National Strategies on behalf of the UK Government. APP was never statutory but it does provide a familiar structure for teachers to guide them through the materials contained in MathsMap. Information about APP can be found here.  Note that the National Strategies website was archived by the government on 28th June 2011 using a snapshot taken on 2nd February 2011.  Some of the functionality originally included in the National Strategies website does not work in the archived version;  MathsMap is not responsible for the content of any external links.


The Government plans to introduce a new National Curriculum in September 2014 and MathsMap will adapt to reflect any relevant changes introduced then, ensuring that it will always reflect best practice in support of teachers and pupils. Currently MathsMap features comprehensive coverage of 'Ma1 - Using and Applying' 'Ma2 – Number and Calculation', recognising the high weighting given to these in statutory testing.

How does MathsMap work?


MathsMap has a standard structure in all of its sections. The starting point is one of the five levels in APP where the teacher will see a page of Assessment Focus bullet points. Level 1 looks like this:



You have to buy a licence in order to see the different levels and be able to drill down through the bullet points – the Assessment Focuses.


In MathsMap each Assessment Focus (AF) is broken down into:

• The Learning Objectives (LOs) for the AF 
• The Steps to Success for each Learning Objective, which can be downloaded as a classroom resource 
• A set of Resources to help with the teaching of the Learning Objective


Is there a demo for MathsMap?

Yes. MathsMap Demo is an online guide through the structure of MathsMap which will show you an example of how an AF links to LOs, Steps and Resources.


MathsMap has links which allow you to download the original National Strategies templates for the Levels. These are Levels 1 to 2, Levels 2 to 3, Levels 3 to 4 and Levels 4 to 5. You can see the link to the Level 1 to 2 document at the bottom of the screenshot above. Because the original National Strategies templates overlap, Levels 2, 3 and 4 each occur twice in different templates. If you are very familiar with APP you might have noticed that where a level is duplicated in two templates the content is not necessarily the same. MathsMap features only one version of each Level so where these differences have occurred we have made a decision about how to create one version of the Level in the website.

More information on Standardising Teacher Moderation to make assessment judgements and using MathsMap to improve children's levels can be found under Using MathsMap.

How can I buy MathsMap?


MathsMap works as an annual licence to be able to see the Learning Objectives, Steps to Success and Resources in the database. You can buy different types of licence and these are described on the Purchase page


In the UK you have two options.  The first option is to complete the online Purchase Order process in MathsMap, which requires a Purchase Order number.  You will be given a MathsMap licence and an invoice will be sent to you by email, to be paid within 30 days.  The second option is to pay by credit or debit card, which reduces paperwork if you are able to do this.  If you pay by credit or debit card you will be sent a confirmation invoice for information only.  Whichever method you use to pay, you will receive your login details straight away.


Outside the UK you can pay only by credit or debit card.  You will be sent a confirmation invoice for information only. 


The rest of this Help section describes the different ways of purchasing MathsMap in more detail.


Payment methods


Purchase Order process


On the Purchase page you can select to pay either by Purchase Order, or by credit/debit card or Paypal account.  Purchase Order will work only if you are in the UK.  If you choose to pay by Purchase Order you will be asked to provide various details including a Purchase Order number.  The MathsMap licence will be sent to you by email, and a separate email will send an invoice which has to be paid within 30 days.


You cannot buy an Individual licence by Purchase Order.


Payment by credit card, debit card or Paypal account


This method is optional in the UK but is the only payment method outside the UK.  It generates less paperwork than the Purchase Order method.  It is the only way to buy an Individual licence.


If you use this method then the payment page gives you the options to pay by credit card, debit card or existing Paypal account.  All of these methods are free of charge to the purchaser - MathsMap pays any fees involved.  Even if you don't have a Paypal account, Paypal will handle your credit or debit card transaction and this is the easiest way to buy MathsMap.  MathsMap never sees anything about your card - all we see is a payment of money into our Paypal receiving account.


If you do not want to pay by card, or if you do not have an appropriate card, then you could also use a Paypal account to buy MathsMap.  This will cost you nothing to create or use but if you do not have one then you will have to go through the process described below to set up the account.  Once you have set up the account there are three ways that you can buy things with it:


1.  Put money into the Paypal account.  If you do this then Paypal will use this money first to buy anything.  This is like having an electronic petty cash account available to use in the school.  For example, you could put £250 in the Paypal account but not link it to a card or a bank account.  Once the £250 had been spent no further purchases would be possible until the account was topped up with more money.  This is the ideal way to use a school Paypal account if you are concerned about possible overspending.


2.  Attach a bank account to the Paypal account.  This is the the most flexible way to buy MathsMap if you cannot use a credit or debit card.  For example, in a school the office administrator could have a Paypal account linked to the school's bank account.  If the school does not have a bank account then option 1 can be used.


3.  Attach a credit or debit card to the Paypal account.  If you choose to create the Paypal account because you cannot use a credit or debit card to buy MathsMap then this method is unlikely to be suitable.


Setting up a Paypal account is straightforward but it takes some time for Paypal to carry out its own security checks.  However, once you have set it up it is available to use in the future to buy anything which uses Paypal to accept payments.


To set up a Paypal account go to the Paypal Homepage and click on 'Sign Up'.  You then have the option to create either a Personal or a Business Account.  If you are a school or a local authority then you should set up a Business Account.  Once the account has been set up you can choose to put money in it, attach a bank account or attach a credit/debit card.  Then you are ready to make purchases through your Paypal account, including paying for MathsMap.


What happens when I buy MathsMap?


Users can buy six types of licence: Individual or School (10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 users).   Individual licences can be bought only by card or by Paypal account, not by purchaseorder.


When you buy a MathsMap licence you specify an ‘Account username’. This will be the username which MathsMap uses to create the main account holder’s details. You can change this later. You will receive an email containing this username and the password which MathsMap has created. You must use this username and password to log in for the first time and then you can change either of them in My Account.  If you do not receive the email containing these details please check your spam filter before contacting MathsMap.


Except for Individual licences, in My Account you will also see options to View or Download the other user account details.


If you have bought a school licence there will be either 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 of these and they will all start with a username which reflects the school name you gave during the purchase process.  The example below assumes that you have bought a set of licences for Valley Primary.  As the main user account holder you will need to hand out these usernames and passwords to the other users in the school.


Example – Buying a 20 user School Licence


Suppose you have bought a 20 user licence for Valley Primary. When you log in you will be able to go to ‘My Account>View user login details’ and this is what you will see:



You can give out any number of these accounts inside the school.  Each user has to log in with this username and password.  When they log in they will see this screen:



The user has to add an email address which will be used for username and password reminders (by selecting 'Password reminder' on the home page).  The username or password can be changed at the same time, but these can be changed later as well.  To change them later log in and go to 'My Account'.  Adding the email address happens only once when you first log in.  This can also be changed later in 'My Account'.


This is the next screen:



The next time that the main user account holder selects ‘View user login details’ this screen will display:



Here four users have already logged in and changed their usernames and passwords.  The password is now hidden from the main user account holder for security reasons.  If you need to Reset the account, for example if the username and password has been disclosed to an unauthorised user, or if the user has left the school, the main user account holder can click on 'Reset details'.  This screen shows what would happen if you click on Reset for the john account:



You now have a username valleyprimary6360 with a visible password which can be given out to a member of staff.  The email address has been blanked so when the user logs in a new email address will have to be provided.

This list can also be downloaded as a csv file which can be opened with Excel., or as a txt file which can be opened with Notepad or any other text editor.




What happens if I forget my username or password?


If you forget your username or password go to the MathsMap home page and select 'Password reminder'.  You will be asked for the email address which is saved in MathsMap.


If you can't remember your email address you will have to ask the main user account holder to Reset your username and password and start again.  This is done by the main user account holder logging in and selecting 'My Account' then 'View user login details'.  If you are the main user account holder, and you have forgotten your email address, you will have to email mathsMap to ask for this to be done (contact@mathsmap.co.uk).



What do I see inside MathsMap?


When you log in you will see this:


You can always redisplay this screen by clicking on the Mathsmap option on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Choose one of the levels and then click on a bullet point text. You will see something like this:


You can click on the Steps button or the Resources button. The rest should be obvious; you can download the Steps as a pdf file. You need to read the Steps upwards from the bottom of the list (“I need to be able to...”).

The Resources are all links to existing materials to help with teaching the Learning Objective.


What happens if the main user account holder leaves?


Somebody else has to become the main user account holder. If you don’t know the username/password for the main account holder, you can follow the instructions in What happens if I forget my username or password? to have the details emailed to the email address held in MathsMap for the previous main account holder. Then you can log in to MathsMap and change the email address, username and password. This is recommended.


If you do not know the username and password, or the email address, for the main user account holder then you will need to contact MathsMap here: contact@mathsmap.co.uk.


What happens if one of the other users leaves?


The main account holder has to log in and Reset that account.  This is done by selecting ‘My Account' and then 'View user login details’.




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