Pinky is passionate about education, especially the professional development of trainee teachers and the teaching of maths in schools.
Pinky taught in a range of schools and HEIs before joining the University in 2011 where she joined an enthusiastic, dedicated and committed team within the Department for Primary Initial Teacher Education. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she leads on international development across the School of Education; is School of Education Quality Lead with specific responsibility for supporting the development of new courses, monitoring minor changes to courses and assuring the external examination process across the School of Education; is the School of Education Academic Integrity Tutor. Pinky also works with University-wide strategic committees to support ongoing development and planning.
As well as her management responsibilities, Pinky teaches on the BA QTS and PGCE (Primary Mathematics Modules, Professional Studies and Independent Research Modules), is Subject Leader for Primary Mathematics and is Programme Leader for the PGCE Mathematics Specialist Pathway. She supervises Masters research students from the UK and abroad.
Pinky completed her PhD in Primary Mathematics Education from the University of Nottingham where she developed a model to support the understanding of children’s prior knowledge in the primary maths classroom.
Pinky trained as a Secondary Economics and Business Studies teacher and started her teaching career in Stoke-on-Trent. She then had the opportunity to move to USA for two years. She developed trainer training materials and trained New York Police Department emergency call handlers to use the new 911 system. She qualified as an Educational Psychologist at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. While at Columbia, she taught in New York City and worked on research projects which involved the use of ICT to support primary age children in developing mathematical skills. She then moved back to UK and has taught in primary schools in Birmingham and Worcestershire. Following her experience in schools, she has worked in HEIs within Primary Initial Teacher Education.