Geoff Tennant - Promoting access to mathematics for all

About Me
I grew up in South East London.  After a gap year spent on short-term missionary service in Indonesia, I gained a first class degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and went on to the University of Warwick to train as a secondary mathematics teacher.

I then taught in comprehensive schools in Berkshire and London before becoming a PhD student at the Institute of Education, University of London, exploring the idea that children experience the mathematics classroom differently according to gender, ethnicity and social class.  i spent 12 years working in initial teacher training at the Universities of Leicester and Reading, including setting up, managing and teaching on 6 month full-time subject knowledge courses for candidates for mathematics teaching needing first to improve their subject knowledge.  i was also instrumental in setting up local mathematical association branches at both Universities, with 3 well attended Saturday meetings a year aimed at both primary and secondary teachers wishing to engage with mathematics.  Both of these are still going strong.  Whilst working in Reading I was privileged to be involved with a project working with mathematics and science teachers in Jamaica, and visited for a total of 8 weeks over 3 years, working both with teachers and children looking to bring mathematics to life

From September 2012 to April 2017 I worked with the Institute for Educational Development, East Africa, Aga Khan University, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  My main role was head of teaching programmes, primarily responsible for the managing of the Master of Education programme, attracting teachers, teacher trainers, headteachers, Government officials and other education professionals from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and beyond.  During his time I oversaw the change from a 2-year to a 1-year model, working both at broad policy and implementation levels.  Whilst in Africa I worked with teachers in mathematics at Masters level and also run workshops for primary teachers.

From September 2017 I am working as a full time school teacher, looking to 'walk the talk' after a prolonged period away.  He writes about his experiences and other reflections on his professional blog  and maintains also a personal blog on this website.  For more details see his CV.
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