Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Tom Francome

PhD research student

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Date of start of studies 1 April 2016

Dr Dave Hewitt and Dr Ian Jones

I completed my mathematics degree at the University of Birmingham where I stayed to complete teacher training in secondary mathematics.

I've taught mathematics in schools and worked for many years as a Head of Mathematics and Head of Faculty winning the TES Award for 'Maths Team of the Year 2015'. In 2016 he contributed lesson materials for the EEF funded project on Best Practice in Mixed-Attainment Teaching. This work was awarded the 2016 BCF-BERA Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize.

Research areas

I am interested in all areas of educational research related to the learning of mathematics. Within this broad area I am especially interested in equitable approaches to teaching mathematics and in particular the effects of grouping practices on pupils’ self-theories and teachers’ beliefs and practices. I am also interested in economy of teacher and learner time and effort, mathematical imagery’s contribution and the role of subordination in developing ‘functionings’ particularly the idea of ‘practice through progress’.

I am currently researching the nature of practice in mathematics under the supervision of Dr Dave Hewitt and Dr Ian Jones.