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 and Health

Jennifer Field is a National Teaching Fellow, a Principal Lecturer, University Teaching Fellow and HEA Senior Fellow.  She works within the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Greenwich. Jenny has been recognised as a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy for her "excellent reputation for inspirational approaches, which have improved teaching in the primary classroom, both locally and nationally, over the past three decades."

As a primary school teacher, she was one of the first 'National Leading Mathematics Teachers', providing demonstration lessons for hundreds of teachers during a five year period, as well as supporting the Numeracy Consultant for Bexley. Ofsted graded her teaching as 'outstanding'.

Jenny joined the University of Greenwich as senior 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. In 2012, she was promoted to Principal Lecturer and University of Greenwich Teaching Fellow, for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  Since then she has been involved in various university wide initiatives and pan faculty projects, which extend her work beyond primary education.

Jenny played a key leadership role in forming 'The South East England Consortium' of Universities, who successfully bid to provide the level 7 DfE Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST). This was a government-funded national programme, and she was responsible for leading the training of MaST teachers across five local authorities in over 80 schools; this included the training of 5 local authority mathematics consultants to deliver parts of the programme locally. 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 mathematics specialists.

Jenny now leads on both specialist primary mathematics provision and on external partnership work.  She has worked with various large Teaching Alliances, and with the government funded National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics – being recognised as one of its Accredited Lead Providers.  She currently leads a nationally funded research project, working with 43 schools and a government funded National Maths Hub.  This work includes whole school approaches to teaching Times Tables – in light of the introduction in 2019 of the new Times Tables SATs tests. She is also involved in the Shanghai Teacher Exchange Programme, working as both a strategic and operational partner with a government funded National Maths Hub.

Since 2016, Jenny has also become actively involved in developing staff and student resilience, and is currently involved in a pan-faculty research project aimed at supporting resilience in undergraduate students, as well as a Office for Students (OfS) (previously known as HFCE) bid to support resilience in PGR students. She is actively researching into the efficacy of mindfulness as a key way to reduce stress and increase resilience, and is currently leading work across the university in this area.

  • 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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