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Gillian Parker

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Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education

I am passionate about mathematics education and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience mathematics in a positive way to enable them to achieve their full potential.

With over 18 years' experience of teaching both adults and children, many of whom had experienced maths anxiety, I became dedicated to fostering an open mindset and a creative and inspiring approach to mathematics teaching.

Teaching and supervision

I am the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education with QTS and Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. I am also the Initial Teacher Education, Primary and Secondary Mathematics Lead.

I teach on PGCE Primary Education, PGCE School Direct, BA Primary Education with QTS and BSc Mathematics Education, Initial Teacher Training Courses.

Research interests for potential research students

I am currently undergoing Doctoral studies towards a PhD, where my research critically examines how the ‘Mastery’ mathematics curriculum is being implemented, supported and evaluated in England. In particular, it focuses upon the extent to which the use of high quality textbooks may support the implementation of this new mathematics curriculum. It also explores how this approach to curriculum implementation, support and evaluation, impacts upon teacher professional development, teacher confidence and other aspects learning and thinking in the affective domain.


  • PhD study: How do teachers of Primary Mathematics experience the impact of Singapore textbook schemes, and how does this impact on their practice?
  • Mathematics Education

Last updated 07 January 2020

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