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Nicola Tierney

Lecturer - Primary Education

Nicola Tierney



Nicola is a lecturer in Primary Mathematics, Digital Literacies and for the Critical Literature Review. She works on the Primary Education Work-based Routes (FdA Primary Education, FdA Early Years Education and BA Primary Education Work-Based Route with QTS including specialisms in SEND or PE), the BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS and the PGCE in Primary Education with QTS.

Nicola joined St Mary’s in 2020 as a Lecturer in Primary Mathematics after teaching for 13 years in Asia, Europe and the UK. She began teaching in a British international school in Thailand after gaining a postgraduate Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) from the University of New England in Australia. Whist teaching in an IB school in Germany she completed a MEd in International Schooling, Education and Development at the same institution. Nicola has taught across the full primary age range, specialising in mathematics for five years with a focus on year six in particular. She is passionate about altering perceptions of mathematics and their impact on how it is taught and learnt.

In 2021 Nicola became a member of the FHEA and began to undertake small-scale research projects into assessment practices and the impact of Epistemic Insight on pre-service mathematics teachers. She is currently a doctoral student at St Mary’s focusing on mathematics education and pre-service teachers. She has also worked with the NCETM providing training into early number concepts for early career teachers through the London South West Maths Hub.

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