Author Archive

Emma Irvine

​Emma Irvine is Head of Mathematics at Sandhurst School in Sandhurst. Emma is a keen mathematician and loves nothing more than talking about maths with her students. She has currently implemented mastery in year 7 and 8 at her school. She is an active member of BBO maths hub and has trained as a PD lead and Mastery Work Group lead. Emma will be working with two mastery advocate schools this year to develop their understanding of mastery and to develop a mastery approach at their school.

Amy Saunders

Amy was trained at Oxford Brooks and has been teaching Maths for 5 years. Amy began teaching with the Mastery approach 3 years ago, although the approach was very much adopted during her training at Brooks.  She has found teaching for mastery to have a more positive impact on herself as a teacher as well as pupils and enjoys teaching middle to low ability pupils the most.

She works closely with a feeder primary schools to bridge the gap between primary and secondary maths learning.  In addition, Amy is responsible for creating lesson plans and resources for KS3 for the whole department alongside another Mastery Coordinator.

NCP18-11c Planning for Greater Depth

Please find below links to the High Wycombe and the Reading work group products from the Planning for Greater Depth Work Group 2018/19.  Please note that these files are to be used by delegates of the 18/19 work groups only.  The passwords have been emailed to those delegates:

Dr. Audrey Curnock

Dr Audrey Curnock has taught Mathematics for over 35 years and is a Maths specialist.  She began teaching in a sixth form College in London whilst undertaking a research degree. She then taught Undergraduate Mathematics for 25 years, working in beautiful cities such as London, Rome and Oxford.  She is an award winning Teacher. She is passionate about teaching Mathematics and thinks everyone can improve their Mathematics, that Mathematics should be fun but stretching and challenging.  She regularly talks at Conferences. For the last 8 years she has split her time between Research projects and teaching.  [Recent projects include work for the DfE, and NFER.] She holds two accreditations with the NCETM, one of which is the PD Lead, which is currently being renewed.

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.


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