Amy is a Canadian who moved to the UK to pursue her dream of spreading the word globally on using the rekenrek. She has been a Primary teacher for 17 years in Canada as well as at an International school in the Netherlands. She has a Masters degree in Education and has taught Bachelor of Education maths courses at Acadia University. Amy is an author, presenter, primary maths specialist, SLE and university professor. She has an infectious passion and enthusiasm for teaching and will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the presentation.
Avril has vast experience in mathematics teaching, having taught secondary maths in Leeds schools for 20 years. Previously a Lead Practitioner for the SSAT and then a Head of Department for 14 years, she now teaches at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School and is an Area Co-ordinator for the AMSP. The AMSP aims to increase participation in the advanced maths qualifications - Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics, and Further Mathematics - and improve the teaching of these qualifications. Avril works with schools across West Yorkshire, running PD sessions and student enrichment events. She aims to inspire students to continue with their study of Mathematics post 16. Avril is passionate about ensuring all students have a positive experience in the Maths classroom and that everyone understands where Maths study can take them!
Dr Chris Pritchard
Dr Pritchard is the 2021-22 President of the Mathematical Association and former Chair of the Scottish Mathematical Council. Chris has written extensively in journals for mathematics teachers and is the author or editor of six books on mathematics and its teaching. He has also been one of the editors of Mathematics in School since 2005. Chris taught for almost 40 years in schools in London and Scotland much of that time as Head of Department and with every year that passed he became more and more convinced of the importance of the visual in understanding.
Dr Nira Chamberlain
Dr Chamberlain was the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (2020-21), a Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University and the Professional Head of Discipline – Data Science at SNC Lavalin Atkins. In the last 30 years, Dr Chamberlain has worked all over Europe solving complex industrial problems through mathematical modelling. In the last decade, Dr Chamberlain has won the Big Internet Math Off – maths communication title – World’s Most Interesting Mathematician as well as this I have been recognised as the Science Council UK’s Top 100 Scientists, Power List 5 th Most Influential Black Person in the UK (2018), The Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential BAME in UK Tech (2019), Honorary member of the Mathematical Association (2020) and will be its President in 2023.
Dr Chamberlain the first Black Mathematician to appear in the UK’s Who’s Who since 1849.
Lou is an independent teacher educator. My MSc thesis looked at the development of teacher understanding of how to teach fractions as well as the development of their subject knowledge.
I work with a range of organisations always with the aim of improving outcomes for pupils in school.
Prof Anne Watson
Professor Watson taught mathematics in challenging schools for thirteen years before becoming a teacher educator and researcher at the University of Oxford. She advised on the NC for mathematics in England and also worked with the Welsh Assembly on a teacher-led mathematics curriculum. She works with teachers, teacher educators and researchers in every continent on mathematics curriculum, task design and pedagogy. She has published numerous books, articles and research papers about teaching mathematics, including ‘Questions and Prompts for Mathematical Thinking’ with John Mason & ‘Key Ideas in Teaching Mathematics’ with Keith Jones and Dave Pratt, published by Oxford University Press. Her long-term interest in the structures of mathematics and their role in learning, recognising and understanding concepts has led to critical engagement with ideas about variation, exemplification representation and concept-formation.
Sally works as a 0-19 School Improvement Consultant for Leeds City Council. In her current role she offers training and support to schools in the areas of EAL, Early Years and maths. This training and support has a language focus as it underpins and enables a child to learn and talk through their thinking, helping them to make sense of concepts and experiences. She is passionate about children enjoying and loving maths through stories, rhymes and a huge variety of resources and experiences. Sally is also a NCETM accredited professional development lead.
Prior to this role she worked for 9 years as a classteacher in Leeds; teaching in EYFS and KS1. She had a variety of roles in schools including race equality and KS1 lead. Sally is also a KS1 accredited moderator and supports the assessment team with this work.