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Rachel Riley. The coolest Maths job in town?

Rachel Riley is the numbers expert on Channel 4’s long-running quiz show Countdown.  In 2013 Rachel joined the presenting team on ‘The Gadget Show’ for Channel 5 for 3 series.  She is a regular panelist on the Channel 4 comedy panel show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ and features on the ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ mash ups.

TV credits have included appearing in the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ two-part documentary ‘Kids Don’t Count’, which asked how and why we are failing Britain’s children when it comes to maths. Rachel visited a primary school in Bristol to help encourage the children to tackle their Maths demons. She was then invited by Channel 4 to lead a maths debate, linked to the documentary, in which she chaired a panel of three experts, including J Sainsbury’s CEO, Justin King.

Rachel also put her brainpower to the test by appearing on BBC1’s Celebrity Mastermind and appearing in a cameo role in Channel 4s series ‘The IT Crowd’ entitled ‘The Final Countdown’ (Series 4 Episode 2, 2010).

 

Professor Marcus du Sautoy. Is life just a series of Num8er My5teries?

Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. In 2004 Esquire Magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain and in 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

Marcus du Sautoy is author of “The Music of the Primes” (Fourth Estate, 2003), “Finding Moonshine: a mathematician’s journey through symmetry” (Fourth Estate, 2008), and The Num8er My5teries (Fourth Estate, 2010. He has also written for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and the Guardian, and regularly appears on television – most recently as presenter of The Beauty of Diagrams (BBC 4, 2011), and landmark 3-part series The Code (BBC2, 2011).

Marcus plays the trumpet and football and lives in London with his wife, three children, and cat Freddie Ljungberg.

 

Dallas Campbell. Making Maths magicaldccrop

Dallas Campbell is an actor and writer whose curiosity and original mind have led him into a parallel career as one of TV’s freshest and most sought after presenting talents. Dallas’s most recent TV credits include the BBC 1 series ‘Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered’; a groundbreaking documentary where Dallas uses new scientific research to explore the mysterious life and death of the boy king. He also co-hosted the hugely popular BBC1 2 part series, ‘Treasure Hunters’ alongside Ellie Harrison.

In the autumn of 2012, Dallas fronted his own 3 part BBC1 series, ‘Supersized Earth’.  A presenter of BBC One’s popular science show, ‘Bang Goes The Theory’ for six series, Dallas was also a regular on stage at the ‘Bang Live!’ Roadshow, which toured for two years.

Prior to his BGTT role, Dallas co-presented channel Five’s enormously successful ‘The Gadget Show’, where his exploits redefined the word ‘geek’; racing jet powered street luges, wrestling robot jellyfish, testing the latest in gadgets of all sorts, as well as his proudest moment, breaking the Scalextric land speed record.

 

David Thomas biggerDavid Thomas – Assistant Senior Leader, Westminster Academy. Everyone can be a Mathematician.

David teaches Maths at Westminster Academy in London, where he also leads the Maths Department and the school’s primary transition programme.

He is currently leading the implementation of the WA Baccalaureate; a two-year KS3 course designed to stretch students’ intellects and characters, whilst explicitly striving to solve the knowledge deficit between them and their wealthier peers.

David joined Westminster Academy as part of Teach First, having gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Exeter College, Oxford.

 

 

 

Dr Vanessa Pittard, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Standards, Department for Education. The national picture.

Vanessa leads on policy for raising standards in mathematics education. Over recent years she has worked in a range of policy areas at DfE covering mathematics, science and technology education. Among other things she has led within DfE on the introduction Maths Hubs, the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium, the development of computing education and new post-16 ‘Core Maths’ qualifications. Prior to her role in the Department, Vanessa led Becta’s research and innovation programmes. Before joining the government sector in 2002, Vanessa had a career in higher education with a focus on teaching and research in the area of digital technology, cognition and communication.

 

 

 

Bruno Reddy.  Maths Educationalist.

After completing Teach First 10 years ago, Bruno spent three years in industry at Arup. With unfinished business in the classroom,he returned to education as part of the founding team at King Solomon Academy, where he was, until recently, Head of Maths and SLT member. Over the last 5 years, Bruno has applied his background in psychology to making maths easier and more enjoyable to learn. He is nationally recognised for his work on blended learning, mastery curricula in maths and for being the frontman of ttrockstars.com

 

 

 

 

Staneff-Tony2.jpgHelen Arney. Comedy for your inner (and outer!) nerd.

Presenter and geek songstress Helen Arney thought she’d left her scientific past behind after graduating in Physics from Imperial College, but it wasn’t long before she found herself writing quirky stand-up and songs inspired by her days in the lab.

Since then she’s performed everywhere from Hammersmith Apollo to CERN in Geneva, toured the UK in “Uncaged Monkeys” with Robin Ince and Brian Cox, and taken her own award-winning solo show “Voice of an Angle” to the Edinburgh Fringe. Helen frequently pops up on our television and airwaves, including BBC2 “Coast”, Comedy Central “Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience”, BBC Radio 5Live “Bacon’s Theory” and as a lead presenter in “You Have Been Warned” on Discovery Channel. Helen also makes up one third of science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd 

Also a classically trained musician, she holds grade 8 in both piano and oboe. After graduating, Helen joined the start-up team that founded UK charity Teach First, recruiting some of the very first science and maths teachers to join their nationally successful graduate programme.

 

David Thomas. Making your students memory champions.

David Thomas is one of the world’s leading experts on accelerated learning. He travels the world teaching Maths students and teachers how to memorise the processes in Maths. He has broken a Guinness record for reciting Pi to 22,500 digits, written a Sunday Times No.1 bestselling book and appeared in the media 500 times including going on Oprah. He has spoken to more than 250,000 students and teachers in 32 countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Greenhalgh. Shanghai / England Exchange

I have worked extensively improving outcomes for students in Mathematics across Outwood Family of School in since September 2008 when I took on a Maths department as HoD and improved attainment by 26% in less than a year. By the January I was working across 2 schools and this now has expanded to 13. As Senior Director, I lead a team of nine talented and committed Directors and Associate Directors; we work collaboratively and strategically with a number of Leadership teams to strive towards academic excellence through pupils’ outcomes.
Additionally, I am the Maths Lead for Yorkshire&Humber MathsHub and this has extended my experience across all phases. I am working closely with a number of primary schools across our region on practical projects for improving pupil outcomes in mathematics at Key Stages 1&2. The impact of these will be clear in April this year.
I am extremely passionate about how children learn maths and believe that with the right teaching, every child can do and love maths. The experiences I had in Shanghai and through the exchange have strengthened this and enabled me to see a clear way forward to improve maths education on a strategic level.

 

Luke McNamara. Shanghai / England Exchange

I have worked extensively improving outcomes for students in Mathematics across Outwood Family of School in since September 2008 when I took on a Maths department as HoD and improved attainment by 26% in less than a year. By the January I was working across 2 schools and this now has expanded to 13. As Senior Director, I lead a team of nine talented and committed Directors and Associate Directors; we work collaboratively and strategically with a number of Leadership teams to strive towards academic excellence through pupils’ outcomes.
Additionally, I am the Maths Lead for Yorkshire&Humber MathsHub and this has extended my experience across all phases. I am working closely with a number of primary schools across our region on practical projects for improving pupil outcomes in mathematics at Key Stages 1&2. The impact of these will be clear in April this year.
I am extremely passionate about how children learn maths and believe that with the right teaching, every child can do and love maths. The experiences I had in Shanghai and through the exchange have strengthened this and enabled me to see a clear way forward to improve maths education on a strategic level.

 

Neil Atkin

Maverick educator who starts with humanity, then pedagogy and finally technology.  If the technology doesnt transform learning, then I dont use it. Technology  is not about apps, its about following the learning journey of the student.  I’m passionate about how  we should educate and not simply qualify. That our students need to master maths, not simply follow a set of processes. Find me on Twitter @natkin

 

 

 

 

Ryan O’Grady. Teaching effective revision.

Ryan is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Mathematics, working in challenging secondary schools around Calderdale for over ten years. He has worked closely with the Leeds Maths Association and presented at the National STEM Centre’s annual Maths conference. His session aims to offer some practical, research based ideas on how to teach revision as a skill, how to develop effective resources and how to help your students achieve their potential in examinations.

 


Mike Askew, Getting it right in the primary years

Mike Askew is an internationally regarded expert on primary mathematics education having held Chair Professorships at King’s College, London University and Monash University, Melbourne. He has also taught and researched in North America and South Africa. Mike believes that given rich, engaging and challenging problems to reason about then everyone can act as mathematicians and develop as mathematical thinkers. His research has been widely published both for academic and popular audiences including the highly successful, ‘Transforming Primary Mathematics’. Mike is also an accomplished magician.