Acting Head of Primary Centre and Principal Lecturer in Primary Education: Mathematics
Institute of Education
tel: 01905 542265
Pinky is passionate about education, especially the professional development of trainee teachers and the teaching of maths in schools.
Pinky taught in a range of schools and HEIs before joining the University in 2011 where she joined an enthusiastic, dedicated and committed team within the Centre for Primary Initial Teacher Education. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she leads on international development for the Institute; is Deputy Chair for the Institute Quality Committee with specific responsibility for supporting the development of new courses, monitoring minor changes to courses and assuring the external examination process across the Institute; is the Institute of Education Academic Integrity Tutor; is the Centre representative on the Learning and Teaching Committee; and is one of two elected members to represent the Institute on the University Academic Board.
As well as her management responsibilities, Pinky teaches on the BA QTS and PGCE (Primary Mathematics Modules, Professional Studies and Independent Research Modules), is Subject Leader for Primary Mathematics and is Programme Leader for the PGCE Mathematics Specialist Pathway. She is currently supervising 4 Masters research students from the UK and abroad.
Pinky completed her PhD in Primary Mathematics Education from the University of Nottingham where she developed a model to support the understanding of children’s prior knowledge in the primary maths classroom.
Pinky trained as a Secondary Economics and Business Studies teacher and started her teaching career in Stoke-on-Trent. She then had the opportunity to move to USA for two years. She developed trainer training materials and trained New York Police Department emergency call handlers to use the new 911 system. She qualified as an Educational Psychologist at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. While at Columbia, she taught in New York City and worked on research projects which involved the use of ICT to support primary age children in developing mathematical skills. She then moved back to UK and has taught in primary schools in Birmingham and Worcestershire. Following her experience in schools, she has worked in HEIs within Primary Initial Teacher Education.
Pinky research interests are in the fields of primary maths teaching and professional development. Within primary mathematics teaching, her current research projects focus on supporting mathematical talk in the primary classroom to increase confidence (Nattering About Numbers) and working with teaching assistants to support subject knowledge development. Within professional development, her current research projects focus on using technology to support trainee self-reflection and supporting the development of a teacher skill evaluation instrument (International Comparative Analysis of Learning and Teaching).
2014 PhD in Education University of Nottingham. Dissertation Title: The Structure of Prior Knowledge
1997 MA in Educational Psychology Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
1995 BEd (Hons) Manchester Metropolitan University,
2013 Fellow, Institute of Higher Education
2013 Postgraduate Certificate: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2012 Accredited Professional Development Lead, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
Primary Mathematics Teaching
Primary Mathematics Specialists
International Teaching Experience
Workshops delivered to in-service teachers in Mumbai, India – February 2015
Procedural Variation – Supporting Mathematical Understanding
School-wide Love of Reading
Supporting Mathematical Talk
Workshops delivered at International Conference, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands – March/April 2015
Using Technology to Support Trainee Self-reflection
Workshops delivered to Study Tours for the British Council
Teacher Training in the UK
Primary Mathematics Teaching
Supporting mathematical talk in the primary classroom to increase confidence (Nattering About Numbers)
Working with teaching assistants to support subject knowledge development
Using technology to support trainee self-reflection
Supporting the development of a teacher skill evaluation instrument (International Comparative Analysis of Learning and Teaching)
- Professional Bodies
Accredited Professional Development Lead
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Member
British Educational Research Association
- External Responsibilities
Co-convenor for the British Educational Research Association- Comparative and International Education Special Interest Group
CEOP Ambassador (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Central Mathematics Hub (Delivering Primary Mathematics CPD)
Salop and Herefordshire Mathematics Hub (Delivering Primary Mathematics CPD)
Examiner, PGCE Maths Specialist Programme, University of Northampton
Chief Examiner, PGCE Primary Course, Nottingham Trent University