About Tom

Hi, I’m Tom!

I’m a qualified mathematics teacher and experienced museum educator with professional interests in:

  • Bringing mathematics to the masses
  • Using digital technologies to enhance experiences offline and engage new learners online
  • Discovering mathematical content in the stories of museum and heritage sites (yes, there’s plenty in yours)

Qualifications

I’m a big believer that nobody ever really stops learning, and I have no intention of stopping doing that proactively. Here’s what I’ve officially achieved so far:

MA Education
University of Northampton, due for completion in 2022

I started this course in October 2020 and will no doubt write the occasional post about it on my personal blog.

Modules completed so far:

– Assignment 1: Mathematics Teaching in Indonesia (Infographic)

– Assignment 2: A Comparison of Recruitment and Training of Mathematics Teachers in Indonesia and England (Essay)

– Assignment 1: Eight Years in 1500 words: A Reflective Journey Through Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership (Essay)

– Assignment 2: An Exploration of Coaching and Mentoring in the Context of Museum Education and its Longer-Term Effects on Student Development (Essay)

– Assignment: Mathematics and Mindsets: Parental Attitudes and their Potential Effects on the Development of Growth Mindsets in the Classroom (Essay)

PgCert Digital Leadership
University of Northampton, 2020

– Assignments 1 & 2 formed a full project entitled Developing Digital Skills for Educators in the Heritage Sector: What Skills Should be on a Digital Skills Competency Framework for Museum Learning Specialists?

PGCE (with A-Level Accreditation) & QTS
University of Leicester, 2007

BSc(hons) Mathematics with Astronomy
University of Leicester, 2004

Experience

Since being made redundant from Bletchley Park (necessitated by massive financial losses due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic) I have been sharing my working week between part-time secondary mathematics teaching and developing my freelance portfolio.

Prior to this I spent…

7 ½ years in Bletchley Park’s Learning Team…

… starting as Education Officer, progressing to Learning Manager, during which time I designed, developed and delivered the highly regarded Enigma Outreach programme as well as driving the inclusion of mathematics in all aspects of our Learning offer. The success of Enigma Outreach led to its expansion by two members of staff who I managed.

6 years+ teaching mathematics in secondary schools…

… following the completion of my PGCE which was itself preceded by 7 months as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school. As a teacher I strove to help students connect the mathematics they were learning to their everyday lives, interests, hobbies and experiences where appropriate, as well as introducing them to interesting historical contexts to enrich their understanding and help them to experience the true beauty of mathematics.

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