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I live in Exmouth, Devon and have taught locally for 15 years. I am a married father of two who has a passion for Mathematics and for taking children forward in their Numeracy Learning. I believe that all children can enjoy their mathematics learning if it is pitched at the appropriate level and pace. Children love meeting and wrestling with the challenges that Numeracy affords. For me maths sessions need to be relevant to the child, linked to their understanding of the world and should empower them to start to take ownership of their learning. Not forgetting the need for some fun along the way.
I qualified to teach in 1993 and have been employed full time as a teacher and have taught full time ever since in a primary school rated as either Outstanding or Good by OFSTED. Teaching Numeracy has been a strength since I entered the profession, being a core subject within my domain during my 4 year BEd (Hons) studies. I became an accredited Numbers Count Teacher in 2008 and have achieved successful accreditation in this successful intervention programme every year since. Children that work with me make measured, quality assured accelerated progress, typically they will make 13 months number age progress after 20 hours of personalised tuition. I lead Numeracy at my school, advise other schools locally at a primary and secondary level and have in the past year qualified as an accredited CPD lead with the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. In 2013 I spoke at a National Conference on delivering successful Numeracy intervention in Primary Schools.
I believe in a constructavist approach to the teaching of mathematics, for teaching to be successful the tutor and child need to work in partnership; both need to have an understanding of what the pupil understands and what the next steps need to be. To ensure that teaching is accurate there needs to be diagnostic assessment, dialogue with child and parents and careful planning for the individual. Lessons will be a maximum of an hour but may well need to be shorter for younger children and will include activities encompassing the connective model to embed concepts covered. I believe that it is important to establish a good clutch of mental strategies that feed into and create a better understanding of the formal written methods that lead to arithmetic proficiency. My lessons are designed to be episodic, challenging with progress made in every session. I keep abreast of current developments in the teaching of mathematics and have embraced elements of successful mathematics teaching from Singapore. My study is equipped with a range of manipulative support materials such as Numicon, diennes and place value discs and of course laptop computers to access the wealth of online learning resources which I also encourage children to access between sessions.
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