Maths is a subject that can often cause parents and children alike to recoil in fear.
I would love to say that this is an undeserved reputation, but given the trauma many experience during their school maths lessons, that just isn’t true.
But maths isn’t intrinsically distressing, and being in charge of your child’s maths education gives you the opportunity to make learning maths a dynamic and entertaining adventure. I’m excited to have been joined by Lucy Rycroft-Smith to help parents bridge this gap.
Lucy Rycroft-Smith is a brilliant academic who has had an accomplished career as a maths educator – teaching at a primary, secondary, further education, degree lecturing and even running a department.
She is an award-winning mathematics resource designer, freelance writer for the Guardian, the Chartered College of Teaching, the BBC, the Times Educational Supplement and more. She is also an accomplished broadcaster who hosts the TES podcast Mathematips.
She pushes forward the boundaries of collective human knowledge with one of the most prestigious universities in the world: Cambridge University. She is engaged in a number of excellent research projects, including Espresso, which is familiar anyone at the forefront of mathematical education, and is regularly used in teacher training programs.
She’s used her research to author two books: “Flip The System UK: A Teacher’s Manifesto,” and “The Equal Classroom: Life-Changing Thinking About Gender.” She is passionate about equality and education and I can heartily recommend her (sometimes sweary) books to anyone who shares those passions – as we do here at Believe in Better Education.
She is a member of the British Educational Research Association, the International Society for Design and Development in Education, the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, the National Education Union, and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.
She also helps govern the countries approach to teaching as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession where she has proven herself a champion of teachers by speaking up for teacher career development, placing trust in teachers, and focusing on the important aspects (ie. teaching) rather than spreadsheet analysis.
Whilst appearing to obey the same laws of physics as the rest of us, she somehow still has time to be a mother and home educator.
Despite her many accolades and accomplishments, Lucy remains incredibly modest and refuses to buy into an educational hierarchy, knowing that the bond between a child and a parent can be far more important to facilitating learning than having any number of certificates on your wall.
It is my great pleasure to announce that we will be running regular live broadcasts on behalf of the Ed 2 BRTUS educational community, which supports the BRTUS campaign, in order to help parents give their children the best education they can possibly have.
I hope you enjoy the broadcast!