After completing my degree in Mathematical Sciences, I joined the Graduate Teacher Programme to train as a Primary School Teacher at a Primary School in Ash. After completing the programme, I remained teaching there for fifteen years. As well as being a Classroom Teacher, I also had responsibility for leading Mathematics across the school and covered the role of Deputy Head.
In 2008, I became a Lead Teacher in Mathematics. This role involved supporting and coaching colleagues in other schools. In 2010, I was seconded for a year to ASK (Advisory Service for Kent) as a Primary Mathematics Consultant delivering training and supporting schools. In 2012, I completed the Mast programme to become a ‘Specialist Teacher in Mathematics’ and was awarded 120 credits towards a Masters Degree. This programme enabled me to carry out research in chosen areas of mathematics and apply theory into practice. Also in 2012, I became an Associate Lecturer for the Mathematics team at Canterbury Christ Church University.
In January 2016, I joined Canterbury Christ Church University as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Development. As part of my professional development in teaching within Higher Education, I completed the PGCAP in 2017 and was awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. One of my first tasks when joining CCCU was to create and deliver a range of materials for an online Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course for Primary Mathematics. The majority of my current teaching is on the BA FT Primary Education Programme in which I lead sevearl modules in Year 1, including Placement. I have recently contributed to a mentoring book, writing about mentoring trainee and newly qualified teachers in primary mathematics.