Ben Shakespeare

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education - Mathematics

Primary Education

Contact Details

email: b.shakespeare@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542071

Ben is a senior lecturer and teaches students on the Primary BA ITE pathway and Primary PGCE pathway, primarily working within his specialist areas of mathematics and science.  He is also module leader for Year 1 Professional Practice; a module focusing on professionalism, behaviour management and effective teaching and learning.  Before joining the University in April 2018, he worked in Gloucestershire schools for 10 years as a class teacher, Mathematics Subject Leader and has also worked as part of Senior Leadership Teams.  He has a strong teaching/leadership background within Key Stage 1 and EYFS – appreciating (and enjoying!) the exciting challenge of working with young children!

Ben has had experience with supporting a wide range of student teachers, NQTs, teaching assistants and class teachers.  He enjoys supporting others to become the best that they can be and hopes to use these experiences to effectively support students at the University.

Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGLTHE), University of Worcester (2019)  [Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – FHEA]

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Studies (Mathematics Specialist Teacher) – University of Winchester (2012)

BEd (Hons) Primary Teaching (4-year BEd specialising in Primary Science) – University of Plymouth (2008)

Teaching & Research

 Teaching Interests

  • Primary Mathematics
  • Primary Science
  • Teaching for “Mastery” in Mathematics
  • Behaviour Management
  • Professional Practice

Research Interests 

  • Using Conversational Roles Within Seminar Discussions: Exploring the impact on learner participation (PGCLTHE Research Project)
  • The use of questioning to promote deep mathematical thinking.
  • Promoting mathematical talk through the use of discussion mats.

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Publications

Online resources, Developing maths skills through geography,  for Pickering, S. (2019) Geographical Skills, in Willy, T. (ED) Leading Primary Geography. Sheffield, Geographical Association, pp.30 - 40

External Roles

Member of the GLOW Maths Hub ITT Steering Group