I have worked in education for 30 years in a variety of roles.
From September 2012 until April 2017 I was associate professor and head of teaching programmes at the Institute of Educational Development, Aga Khan University, based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. I previously worked at the Institute of Education, University of Reading
as a secondary mathematics specialist, and before that worked at the University of Leicester, having been a PhD student at the Institute of Education, University of London, and taught mathematics in schools in Berkshire and London. My professional passion is working towards ensuring maximal access to the curriculum for all children, particularly within mathematics, looking to apply theory to practice in a meaningful way in looking to ensure that new topics connect with those which came previously - particularly number to algebra - with connections also with other school subject areas and the outside world.
As head of programmes I steered through the introduction of a new one-year masters programme for experienced teachers, teacher trainers, headteachers and other education professionals in East Africa, which has been implemented since January 2014, building up valuable expertise in programme management through this experience. Work with development projects included a literature review looking to understand the nature of educational systems and how they can be improved sustainably.
From September 2017 I am delighted to be working again in a secondary school, with the intention of putting into practice what I have been teaching about for many years. Watch the blog for further news of this!
I am an active Christian and, whilst living in Dar es Salaam, was one of the organists for the weekly English language service at St Alban's Anglican Cathedral. I enjoy teaching children's Christian songs to children of all ages and am gradually working through the Bible with the help of the New International Version Application Commentary, with Christian living one of the themes in my blog
I enjoy photography - my attempts vary considerably as you can see from my blog!