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Sarah Wilton-Rhead – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Sarah leads and teaches on the Secondary Mathematics PGCE. Sarah qualified as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Bath Spa University in 2007, before going on to teach Mathematics in Secondary schools in Wiltshire.

She spent several years working as an Advanced Skills Teacher for Mathematics for the Wiltshire local authority, supporting teachers and departments across the county in enhancing Mathematics provision.

She then went on to become a Specialist Leader in Education, with responsibilities for Mathematics, teaching and learning, and initial teacher education. Sarah joined Bath Spa University as a member of staff in 2016.

One of Sarah’s key areas of interest stems around engaging learners who find Mathematics intimidating, and finding ways to ensure they gain concrete understanding through Maths delivered using a variety of approaches. Sarah has a strong interest in coaching and mentoring – enabling trainee teachers to move forwards and achieve their goals.

Sarah is currently undertaking a Master's, focusing on the impact of recent policy on mathematical pedagogy.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Education and Psychology
  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics
  • Advanced Skills Teacher Status
  • Specialist Leader in Education
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Other external roles

Sarah works with leaders of Mathematics and Core Mathematics “Teacher Subject Specialism Training” programs across the South West to help them develop their courses.

Sarah is a Lead Evaluator at the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and enjoys working across the Primary and Secondary phase assessing the impact of teaching approaches in schools.

Teaching specialisms

  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education

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