Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Photograph of Dr Dave Hewitt

Dr Dave Hewitt

Director of Mathematics PGCE

Tel +44 (0)1509 22 2868

Location SCH.m.11 (Schofield Building)


I gained my BA in Mathematics at the University of Warwick and completed a PGCE at the University of Exeter. I started out teaching in schools around the Bristol area for 11 years, including five as Head of Faculty. During this time The Open University filmed and sold a video of my teaching as well as including various clips within their courses. I then took up a position as Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Birmingham, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2000. I received my doctorate from the Open University in 1994 under the supervision of Professor John Mason. In 2014 I moved to Loughborough to start up the new Mathematics PGCE course. I have received teaching awards on two occasions and pleased to say that a mathematics department full of my ex-trainee teachers won the TES Maths Team of the Year Award in 2015. As well as being Director of the Mathematics PGCE course, I also work on the MSc in Education as well as supervising PhD students.

Research areas

The design and use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics.

The teaching and learning of number and algebra in schools.

The principle of economic use of personal time and effort in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

External activities

I have been Secretary of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and the Association of Mathematics Education Teachers (AMET). I have also been on the Executive Committee of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM).

For five years I was an Editor for Educational Review. I am currently on the Editorial Board of Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education and on the Advisory Board of for the learning of mathematics.

I have developed mathematics education software including Developing Number and Grid Algebra.

I am a member of the ATM Science of Education working group, which is influenced by the work of Caleb Gattegno.