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University wins bid to train primary school teachers as Mathematics Specialists

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The University of Northampton's School of Education has won a tender to lead a new national initiative across sixteen local authorities to train around 1000 primary school teachers as Mathematics Specialists over the next three years.

The Primary Mathematics Specialist Programme is a new professional development programme created as a result of a recommendation in the 'Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools' (June 2008), that every primary school should have access to a Mathematics Specialist Teacher by 2019.

Fully funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the course is run by a consortium led by The University of Northampton, with partners Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, Nottingham Trent University, University of Bedfordshire, University of Derby and University of Hertfordshire, and in close partnership with local authorities.

Debbie Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, The University of Northampton, and Regional Programme Lead Primary Mathematics Specialist Programme, commented:

''The Programme represents an exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with other universities, local authorities and schools to provide quality professional development for teachers - and make a significant difference to children's learning of mathematics.''

Through face-to-face training outside school hours, network meetings and in-school development, teachers on the Programme will gain professional knowledge and the interpersonal skills to lead collaborative professional developmentand team work in school to improve the quality and provision of mathematics.

Successful teachers will be awarded the status of Primary Mathematics Specialist, a recognised national award, in addition to one third of a Masters degree in Education.

For further information and an application pack please email or visit


University of Northampton

Posted : 20th October 2009