Pete is a specialist teacher and assessor of learners with specific learning difficulties and an experienced maths teacher. Pete uses these two strands of educational practice to work with learners who struggle to engage with mathematics and to support teachers to be more effective in their practice. In addition, Pete is Managing Director of Tutorum Technologies, an education technology company that specialises in delivering machine learning managed adaptive learning to precarious populations through their Eulern platform.
Pete has worked in education and training for over 25 years. Pete spent 10 years working the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers as a Regional Development Manager. During this time, Pete was part of the team that wrote the Environmental Conservation NVQ and set up the Taproutes training consortium.
Pete worked at the ‘outstanding’ Truro and Penwith College from 2004 until 2014. During this time, he taught A-Level, IB, GCSE and Functional Skills Maths, latterly becoming the Learning Support Practitioner for the college. This role saw Pete coordinating support for mainstream learners, including those with a range of barriers to learning, as well as providing CPD for teachers on differentiation, managing learning difficulties in the classroom and ‘Quality First’ teaching. Pete also taught on PTTLS, CTTLS and DTTLS courses and provided lesson observations for trainee teachers and for other staff who wanted advice and support on differentiation.
In the summer of 2014, Pete left Truro and Penwith College to set up his own business that focuses on supporting maths learners in a range of ways. Pete provides support to schools and colleges around maths improvement and curriculum development including coaching support as well as offering CPD to schools, colleges and specialist teachers focusing on supporting learners who struggle with maths and on the use of technology in remote learning and assessment. Projects include work with the NCETM Maths Hubs on maths learning difficulties, an ETF funded project supporting prison educators in understanding neurodiversity and the impact on maths and literacy and with the Centres for Excellence in Mathematics for FE Colleges. Pete regularly speaks at conferences on both maths learning difficulties and supporting struggling learners. He taught on the MA in Special Education Needs and managed the module on Maths Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia at Bath Spa University. Pete has worked with a group of third sector organisations on developing advocacy services and support for learners with maths difficulties in Scotland. Pete was a founder member of the BDA Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties Committee and has served as Chair from 2017 to now. He has been instrumental in creating a definition for dyscalculia, creating specialist qualifications for teachers and was the first recipient of the AMBDA Dyscalculia award from the BDA.
Pete is currently working on projects improving financial literacy amongst micro SME’s in the informal economy in Indonesia and on a teacher training project around realistic mathematics education for low attaining learners in India.
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