I began my teaching career in 1994 in Liverpool. I was initially responsible for the management of Religious Education and Equal Opportunities. In November 1998 I became mathematics subject leader. I attended the National Numeracy Strategy training and following this, provided staff in the school with in-service training and implemented the strategy. In autumn 2000, I temporarily joined the Liverpool Numeracy Consultants team, to support a cluster of schools in a 'Deanery Education Action Zone' (DEAZ). I provided training and demonstration lessons to a number of schools in this EAZ. In September 2003, I joined the Primary Mathematics Team for Initial Teacher Education at Liverpool Hope and as a lecturer I am involved in the curriculum development and delivery of the BA (QTS) curriculum maths and PGCE mathematics.
Over the years I have :
I attend conferences and training to keep up-to-date with current issues in education and work closely with schools in Hope Partnership. I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education at Liverpool Hope University. I have a Masters in Education; Management and Leadership (Distinction) (2008), PGCE (Qualified Teacher Status) from The University of Liverpool (1994) and a 2,1 BSc Hons Degree in Biomedical Sciences from The Liverpool Polytechnic (now John Moores University 1992).
Research Interests: Mathematics Education.
Mathematics in the EYFS – since gaining further mathematics expertise at Liverpool Hope, the Foundation Stage is an area I find interesting, particularly counting and understanding numbers.
Mathematics Recovery – I have attended training with Liverpool Local Authority and hope to be able to continue with this training in the future.
Mathematics specialist teachers in primary school, related to adult learning (pedagogy, classroom practice and deep subject knowledge) .
Effective use of the empty number line (ENL).
Mathematics education in other countries.