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.

Gill Knight

Gill is currently working as Maths Lead at Claycots School, the largest primary school in Europe.  In previous settings, Gill has led large-scale change in maths teaching in 3 very different schools, as well as supporting around 15 other schools through her role as SLE. 

Gill undertook Mastery Specialist training in 2016; part of the first cohort of mastery specialists trained by NCETM.  She gained post-graduate Maths Specialist Teacher accreditation by the University of Greenwich in 2012 and is currently studying for an MSc in Mathematics Teacher Education at Oxford University.


Mr. Crawley

Mr Crawley has been a Mathematics teacher since 2014 and is currently employed as Lead for KS3 Mathematics (Year 7 & 8) at The Piggott School, Reading. His role includes developing teaching for mastery for all Year 7 classes so that students are more confidently prepared for their (reformed) GCSE papers.

Rosemary Hobson

Rosemary Hobson is a member of the Extended Leadership Team, Assistant Subject Leader for Maths and Mastery Lead at Tring School in Hertfordshire.  She has trained as a Mastery Specialist and was also part of the Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Skills (ICCAMS) project with Durham University.  She has over 20 years experience of teaching maths and has held a number of different roles.  She is presently working with two mastery advocate schools to implement a Mastery approach within their setting.

Jennie Forde

Jennie was part of Cohort 2 Mastery Specialist Training Programme and represented the BBO Maths Hub on the Shanghai Exchange 2017/18.  Jennie is Maths Specialist at Botwell House Primary School, Hayes and is currently leading a Maths Mastery Teacher Research Group 2018/19 for Maths Hubs.

Rachel Walters

Rachel is a Maths specialist with 18 years teaching experience.  She is an accredited PD lead with the NCETM and a SLE.  She has specialised in PD for Primary Teachers including leading work groups for BBO Maths Hub and providing training through Cygnus Teaching School.  Rachel teaches part time at Wycombe High School where they have been developing teaching for Mastery since 2015. 

Nathan Crook

Prior to becoming a maths consultant, Nathan taught children in Years 1-6 across three Oxfordshire primary schools, including those in both urban and rural settings. During this time, he qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST). This consequently led to him becoming part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘small schools making an impact’ programme.

More recently and whilst working as an NCETM accredited independent maths consultant, Nathan has developed a specialism around mathematics in the Early Years, which has contributed to him leading training regional training for Maths Hubs. Driven by his passion for helping to ensure that all pupils access mathematics learning to the full, Nathan has supported many schools across the county in delivering high quality teaching and learning. In addition to his day job, he works on the Executive of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers, which develops his understanding about the national mathematics landscape.

Nathan also believes in the power of mentoring and coaching, around which he has refined his skills whilst working to complete the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme.

Kulwinder Johal

Kulwinder Johal has been teaching Secondary Mathematics for over 26 years, including 3 years as a PGCE tutor, as well as various responsibility roles for Mathematics.  She is currently Secondary Mastery Specialist at Baylis Court School and is leading mastery development in her school across KS3.  She is working with two Mastery Advocate schools to help them to implement Mastery and has supported three schools last year in a Teacher Research Group.

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