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    Personal profile


    I started my career in Education as a Teaching Assistant whilst I qualified as a teacher. I worked across all primary age ranges and became the maths subject lead in my 3rd year of teaching, having previously lead geography.

    I moved from the south of England to work as a numeracy consultant for a north west LEA and during that time I qualified as a PD lead for the NCETM.

    I moved to Edge Hill University as a senior lecturere in 2013 and in 2018 became the maths subject lead. I am a fellow of the HEA and I also sit on the strategic board for the Abacus Maths Hub.

    Research interests

    My research interests lie within mathematics.

    I have studied the characteristics of mathematicians, and had a paper published in 2020.

    I have a keen interest in how times tables are taught in school and whether teachers actually support children with how to learn tables and multiplicative reasoning or whether there is a culture of just testing memory skills.



    Whilst teaching in primary school I taught all curriculum areas and all primary age ranges. I predominatly worked in KS1, facilitatng KS1 SATs on numerous occassions, and lower KS2, but I have also taught in EYFS and upper KS2.

    Since becoming a university lecturer I have predominantly taught mathematics and professional studies.

    External engagement

    As maths subject lead I facilitate a termly online meeting with maths subject leads in schools. In the past we have considered such topics as Ofsted preparation, teaching for mastery and problem solving. Future topics include supporting EAL and SEN pupils with maths learning.

    I am a member of the strategic board for the Abacus Maths Hub and meet with the board on a termly basis.

    I am also a member of the NCETM ITE work group, meeting with maths leads from other north west ITE providers to discuss such issues as teaching for mastery and mentor support.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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