Dr Sally Bamber

Senior Lecturer, PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Sally joined the Secondary PGCE team at Chester in 2007 having previously taught 11-19 Mathematics in four diverse secondary schools in Oldham, Manchester, Hong Kong and Chester.

Overview

It was whilst working with Primary and Secondary teachers on a number of professional development projects in Hong Kong that Sally's desire to move into Initial Teacher Education began. 

Having studied as an undergraduate at UMIST and a PGCE at the University of Manchester, Sally completed a part time Masters of Education Degree at Manchester in 1999. The focus of Sally's Masters research into misconceptions in mathematics has spurred a long term interest into the Psychology of Learning mathematics.

Teaching

Current teaching includes leading the Secondary Mathematics PGCE and the Mathematics Enhancement Course (a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course for non-mathematics graduates training to teach mathematics).

Sally has recently led mathematics enrichment events for Primary and Secondary schools in the University of Chester Schools' Partnership. 

Research

Sally is currently a TERN Research Fellow, collaborating with colleagues from a number of North West Higher Education institutions. Sally's TERN group is focussing on a research project into Curriculum Related Issues in Initial Teacher Education and, particularly, the tensions between school based and university based initial teacher education in mathematics.

Sally is part of a TDA funded multiple placements pilot, evaluating the effectiveness of paired placements in Secondary Mathematics and Science PGCE training programmes.