Independent UK and International Early Years and Primary Maths Consultant, Conference Keynote Speaker, Published Author, BBC ‘Live Lessons’ Maths Expert. NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Maths) Accredited Trainer.
Hi there, I’m Karen! Passionate about changing how people feel about maths, lover of the outdoors and partial to a nice sit down overlooking a beautiful view with a glass of ‘something nice’ in hand.
In a previous life I was an overworked Primary School Teacher, ‘run-off-my-feet’ senior leader and later ‘dabbler’ in local authority consultant work (before deciding that the classroom was where I felt most at home). In 2009, fuelled by the desire to help other teachers and senior leaders make a similarly dramatic journey to my own from ‘maths hater’ to ‘maths lover’, I made the (big and scary) decision to set up my own business and share what I’d learned as widely as possible. It’s been an amazing ten years so far!
I don’t have a typical week anymore (a big change from my life as a teacher). I travel extensively supporting schools across the whole of UK, within Europe, the Middle East and as a far away as Kazakstan, where I deliver bespoke whole-school training, speak at conferences, work with senior leadership teams and support groups of teachers. I learn as much as I teach others in this role; listening to teachers concerns and worries regarding their maths teaching, feeling the frustrations of constant change and looking at the many ways schools around the world respond to these challenges.
Accredited ‘Standard Holder’ of the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics)
Regular Conference Speaker (UK and international)
Co-writer on National Curriculum for Maths support materials for UK DfE (Department for Education) and NCETM
Co‐writer for the Bahrain National Numeracy Strategy
Co-author of ‘Primary Mathematics in Action’
Author ‘First Reference Maths’ book published by Penguin/Dorling Kindersley
Writer for Teachwire and NCETM magazines
Writer for NCETM EYFS Mastery Expert Lead Practitioner Materials
Trained in Japanese ‘Lesson Study’ approach to mathematics, Tokyo
Reggio Emila trained, world class approach to Early Years 0-6 years, Italy
Active member of UK mathematics’ associations: NCETM, ATM, MA and NAMA
‘One of our EYFS Teachers has just attended this training and came back totally inspired and singing your praises. She said that she learnt more on this course than any course she has ever attended!’
C Magnocavallo Head of Maths, Chesham Preparatory School, Bucks
Thank you for showing us HOW to change. So many courses just tell us what isn't working but not how to go about addressing this. Your approaches make so much sense!
Just to say thank you again for 3 really brilliant talks at SGIS. We're a small school near Basel and we’d be interested in anything you’re doing nearby (Zurich way) so please let us know!