Andrea Taylor

Name: Andrea Taylor
Department: Professional Learning
Current position: Senior Lecturer Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice
Email: tayloraa@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education

Biography:

Teaching:

  • Module Lead PG Cert Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice, Edge Hill University, 2013 to date
  • Temporary Booster Teacher, Cheshire Primary School, 2013
  • Deputy Headteacher, Essex Primary School, 2009-2012
  • Lead Primary Strategy Consultant, Essex County Council, 2009
  • Primary Strategy Consultant –Mathematics, Essex County Council, 2004-2009
  • Head of year, Head of House and Maths subject leader, Essex Primary School, 2000-2004
  • Class teacher, Maths subject leader 1998-2000

Qualifications:

  • MA Education
  • PG Cert Teaching in Higher Education (Edge Hill University) 2015
  • Ed First Class Hons with maths and geography (Manchester Metroplitan University) 1998

Interests and Achievements:

Andrea has been a member of staff in the Faculty of Education since September 2012, when she joined the team for Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice.  Andrea also gained NCETM accreditation as a Professional Development Lead.

Throughout her career Andrea has been passionate about the teaching and learning of mathematics and spent 6 years working in the local authority of Essex as a mathematics consultant.  In this role she was responsible for supporting schools to raise standards through developing high quality provision in teaching, learning and assessment.  Her work also involved writing and delivering many mathematics based courses and Andrea also assisted leadership teams in setting up systems that supported school development. She also worked as a deputy headteacher in a large primary school and has completed her NPQH.

Andrea is particularly interested in enabling primary pupils to develop their thinking skills in  mathematics so that they have flexible approaches to problem solving, develop a  natural curiosity, ask questions and explore lines of enquiry, and to really foster a deep  love of the subject.

Achievements

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Research Interests:

Andrea is interested in how the mathematics curriculum has changed over time in this country and the factors that influence such changes.  For the final dissertation module of her MA, she is currently researching ‘mastery’ teaching approaches to mathematics and is looking at how such approaches have been perceived and interpreted by teachers.