Debbie joined the NCETM in 2012, and, since 2014, has led the work of introducing teaching for mastery approaches to maths in primary schools across England. In that time, working alongside the national network of Maths Hubs, Debbie has trained and influenced many thousands of teachers. As a result, hundreds of thousands of primary school pupils have developed a more secure and more lasting mathematical understanding.
This work is the culmination of an entire working life devoted to primary education, during which time Debbie has moved from class teacher to headteacher, and on to advisory and teacher-training roles with local authorities and universities. In 2015, she completed her doctorate with the Open University, which focused on the development of primary teachers’ mathematics subject knowledge.
In addition, she has found time to be the maths consultant on the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies programme Numberblocks.