Christine Mitchell
Honorary University Fellow


At the outset of my career I taught in primary schools in London and East Sussex developing a specialist interest in mathematics and the early years. I began to work in Higher Education in 1984 beginning with the West London Institute (now part of Brunel University). During this time, I undertook a range of external consultancies for schools across the London Boroughs supporting primary teachers’ professional development in mathematics, assessment, IT and play.

At Exeter University, my teaching included primary undergraduate and PGCE mathematics education including the specialist mathematics programme. At the same time I designed and taught masters level modules in mathematics education, assessment and gifted and talented education. In 2003, I became Head of Undergraduate Studies (non-QTS) and developed the Education and Childhood Studies programmes.

My freelance education consultancy portfolio began in 2005 and includes a variety of project management roles as well as continuing as a University Visiting Tutor for primary trainees and as a trainer for school based mentors and principal school tutors.
As Head of Learning and co-ordinator for the South West Gifted and Talented Regional Partnership (2005-2012), I developed a specialist interest in teaching and learning approaches for more able children and organised one day enrichment workshops for pupils across the South West as well as CPD and research opportunities for teachers and LA advisers.

I have a particular research interest in Student or Pupil Voice and ran eight action research projects (government funded) with schools across the South West. I have supported secondary schools in their Student Voice projects and organised a South West Regional Student Voice group for more able pupils.

My current research includes a focus on engaging ‘hard to reach’ parents with an emphasis on involving the parents of Yr 1 children in supporting their children’s mathematical development at home.

I have also trained as a family mediator.

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