Associate Professor of Education at University of Reading
8 Dec 2022
I am an Associate Professor of Education. I am interested in all aspects of teaching and learning of mathematics within the primary age range. My interests lie in how children learn mathematics and how they build their agency as mathematicians. My thesis centered on primary teachers’ professional careers, focusing on how they built their professional identity as a Primary Mathematics Specialists (PMaSTs).
I have also been working with colleagues across the University on climate and sustainability education. I was part of the planning committee for the University’s Climate Education Summit. One of the outcomes of the summit was the launch of a National Climate Action Plan at COP 26. I am part of the leadership team here at the IOE developing and delivering on action point 2. The framework developed for climate education for trainee teachers is going to be piloted at the University of Reading and HEIs across England. The evaluation of the framework will support the embedding of Climate and Sustainability education across all phases of Initial Teacher Training. I recently write a blog on UNESCO’s International Day of Education discussing the importance of a joined up approach to developing and delivering high quality climate and sustainability education. I was also featured in a TES article discussing climate change and the need for curricular change.
I am also working with Dr Holly Joseph on a project entitled ‘Teachers Like Us’. This work is exploring perspectives of BAME pupils in secondary schools and whether they see themselves as teachers. This work will support our understanding of routes into teaching for pupils from diverse backgrounds.