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About Dr Sally Bamber

My emerging research interests are in collaborative mathematics classroom enquiry; developing pedagogy to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of mathematics education for 8 to 18 year olds. I am developing transformative teacher education models that merge continuous and initial teacher education with research informed classroom enquiry.

I have taught mathematics in four diverse secondary schools in the North West of England and in Hong Kong. I completed my Doctorate in Education in 2015 here at Chester, researching the experience of learning to teach mathematics. I have been PGCE Mathematics Subject Leader at Chester since 2007 and also lead the MA Educational Practice Mathematics route. I am secretary of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMET).

My current teaching includes PGCE Secondary Mathematics and MA Educational Practice in Mathematics. I supervise a range of MA dissertations, predominantly for students conducting school-based action research. I contribute to three modules of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) degree as well as supervising students at the Thesis stage of the degree.

I teach school-based mathematics teacher education courses in Multi-Academy trusts and for the SALOP and Herefordshire Maths Hub.

I have recently conducted a yearlong collaborative study into an innovative pedagogical enquiry in a Primary school, using democratic, experience based models of learning interpreted using Dewey’s theory of experience and education.

I am coming to the end of my second year studying learning models that raise attainment for middle to lower attaining GCSE students within a co-constructed study in a Chester Secondary school.  

MArt is a mathematics art project that I have created for primary and secondary schools to deepen mathematics understanding using images. The current theme of ‘number theory without numbers’ is in its fourth year of development in schools in the Chester partnership. For two years I have been the HEI link with the SALOP and Herefordshire Maths Hub National reasoning project coordinated and funded by the NCETM.



  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics
  • MA Educational Practice in Mathematics




  • School-based action research
  • Learning models
  • Mathematics understanding via images

Published Work