Nicola Summers


Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Mathematics)

Primary Education

Contact Details

tel: 01905 543005

Niki lectures on the BA (Hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education degree and also on the PGCE in Primary Education. She is leads the primary mathematics team and is leader for the year 3 undergraduate core subjects and PE module. She works as a school experience tutor, and personal academic tutor as part of Primary ITT. She also provides professional development opportunities for practising teachers and teaching assistants in the region.

Niki has over 20 years of experience teaching in primary schools in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. In that time she has been part of senior leadership teams with specific responsibility to supporting the teaching and learning of mathematics. She has also worked as a Primary Consultant for Herefordshire Local Authority supporting teachers across the county to develop and improve their own practice.



  • BEd (Hons) Mathematics and Primary Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (November 2019)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Niki teaches on Mathematics components of both undergraduate and post graduate courses in ITT. She is passionate about primary mathematics teaching and about how teachers can most effectively enable children to be both confident and competent mathematical thinkers. She also teaches on modules for Professional Practice and Teachers as Researchers.

Research Interests

Good pedagogy and the use of quality text books in primary mathematics.
Curriculum coverage in depth through low access, high ceiling tasks.

Effective pedagogical use of ICT in teaching mathematics.

Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics

External Roles

  • National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Accredited Professional Development Lead
  • Cohort lead for Professional Development Lead Programme for NCETM

  • Strategic Board member SHaW mathshub