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Joe Burbank

Joe Burbank qualified as a primary school teacher 13 years ago after a degree in Business and Management and is currently the Assistant Head Teacher at Stockham Primary School in Wantage. He played a pivotal role in its recent Ofsted Outstanding judgement (March 2019).

Joe has taught extensively across Key Stage 2, and has also developed an in depth knowledge of effective learning and teaching in Early Years/Key Stage 1 through his work as a Leading Maths Teacher (LMT) in Oxfordshire schools. He qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST) in 2012. In his LMT role, he has supported a number of local schools as they developed consistent maths practice making a demonstrable and positive difference to pupil outcomes.

More recently, Joe has supported schools and teachers across both Key Stage 1 and 2 in Oxfordshire by planning and running work groups for the (Berkshire, Buckingshire and Oxfordshire) BBO Maths Hub. In addition, he has led the successful development of Mathematics Mastery throughout Stockham Primary School while being part of a BBO Maths Hub Teacher Research Group (TRG).

Joe has extensive leadership and management experience through his work as the Maths Subject Leader and Assistant Head Teacher: he also took on the role of Acting Head Teacher at Stockham for one year. He has successfully completed his NPQH (2016) as well as the NCETM Professional Development Lead qualification (2018).

Emma Patman

I was a primary school teacher for more than 15 years in Nottinghamshire and have held the post of senior leader in the latter part of my career in school. Since completing my teacher training, my interest has always been in the teaching and learning of mathematics. I completed the MaST programme and subsequently the PD Lead accreditation with the NCETM.

In the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to lead and participate in projects and events for several maths hubs but initially with East Midlands East Hub. In 2014, I visited Shanghai and took part in the England-China Exchange Programme and began my mastery journey; both developing mastery in my own classroom and having the opportunity to support colleagues in theirs. I was a Cohort 1 Primary Mastery Specialist and Teaching for Mastery Lead for the hub.

Since joining the NCETM as Assistant Director more than two years ago, I have developed and co-led many national projects related to Teaching for Mastery and have the privilege of working alongside and developing inspiring and dedicated practitioners with a passion for improving standards in mathematics for young people.


Natalie Ivey

Natalie works as an Advisor across two local authorities for the School Improvement Teams in Hampshire and West Berkshire. In Hampshire she works for the Inspection and Advisory Team for Maths. Natalie’s previous school experiences include working as a senior leader within primary schools in the South. She has also previously worked in Initial Teacher Training as a trainer and assessor and as a maths consultant under the National Strategies.

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