Jennifer Field

Jennifer Field BEd Hons, MA

Jennifer Field

Jennifer Field
BEd Hons, MA

Principal Lecturer, University Teaching Fellow and HEA Senior Fellow

Department of Primary Education

Faculty of Education & Health

Jennifer Field is a Principal Lecturer, University Teaching Fellow and HEA Senior Fellow in the Department of Primary Education at the University of Greenwich.

Jenny was a student at the University of Greenwich, graduating with a BEd Hons Primary Education degree, specialising in mathematics and physical education. She has subsequently completed a Master's degree, focusing on primary mathematics education

For 15 years she worked as a primary school teacher in several Bexley schools, during this time becoming Head of Year in a four-form entry school, as well as mathematics coordinator.

She was one of the first national 'Leading Mathematics Teachers', providing demonstration lessons for over 100 Bexley borough teachers during a five year period, as well as supporting the Numeracy Consultant for Bexley and leading on training sessions for mathematics coordinators across the borough. Ofsted graded her teaching as 'outstanding'. She also worked a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT), and The Graduate and Registered Teacher Programme (GRTP).

Jenny joined the University of Greenwich as lecturer in the Primary department in 2003. In 2005 she became Curriculum Lead for Primary Mathematics on the undergraduate BA Hons degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes. Jenny was promoted as Principal Lecturer and University of Greenwich Teaching Fellow in 2012.

Jenny played a key part in forming The South East Consortium of Universities who successfully bid to provide the Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST). This was a government-led national programme, and she worked with five local authorities, responsible for the training of MaST teachers in almost 80 schools. She now works with many of her alumni of specialists from this programme, who continue to support her by mentoring the next generation of primary maths specialists.

In 2013, she was part of an innovative successful bid to lead another government initiative to enable newly qualified primary school teachers to specialise in mathematics, the Postgraduate Subject Specialist Primary Initial Teacher Training Programme (SSPIP).

  • Principal Lecturer, University Teaching Fellow and HEA Senior Fellow, Department of Primary Education
  • Lead for PGCE and BA Specialist Mathematics routes 
  • Lead for External Mathematics CPD Provision
  • University Teaching Fellow involved in university wide projects 
  • GOLD panel member
  • Threshold Standards for Teachers (Department for Education and Skills/DfES)
  • Accredited Lead Provider for National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
  • Member of the Mathematics Association (MA)

Jenny is interested in attitudes towards mathematics, how they are acquired and how they influence learning. She is also interested in the role of the mathematics specialist teacher within the primary setting.

She is also interested in South East Asian approaches to mathematics, and how they could influence our practice.

Donaldson, G., Field, J., Harris, D., Taylor, H. and Tope, C. (2012). Becoming a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher. London: Routledge.

Field, J. (2015). Can China teach us anything about education in primary mathematics. Mathematical Association Primary Mathematics Journal, Autumn 19(3).

Field, J. (2015). Can we learn anything from China about Education in Mathematics? Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 7(11).

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