Vivien Townsend

MA (Hons Sociology), PGCE, MA (Ed Studies)

Vivien is an experienced primary school teacher who is very enthusiastic about mathematics. She really enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and expertise with others and strives – through all of her sessions – to suggest practical strategies and engaging activities that will help all children to enjoy learning maths (and all teachers to enjoy teaching it!).

Vivien is a member of the Mathematical Association (MA) and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM). As chair of the group, she coordinated a joint ATM/MA response to the two drafts of the National Curriculum for mathematics in 2012-3. Vivien is also a member of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers (NAMA).

Vivien has worked with a number of schools and clusters of schools across the Midlands, delivering bespoke sessions for teachers, TAs, subject leaders and pupils. She has also led many popular courses, and has worked on the planning and delivery of two successful curriculum conferences. She has provided workshops at events hosted by ATM, BEAM, SMaR+PD, Teachology and Osiris. In 2013-14, Vivien delivered mathematics workshops at the Cambridge Primary Review Trust’s National Curriculum implementation conferences around the country. Viv is currently the mathematics lead for the Gateway Alliance. In this role, she runs the subject leader network meetings and also provides courses for TAs and NQTs.

Vivien is the mathematics leader at Leicester and Leicestershire Primary SCITT. She provides input for trainees on the primary programme, marks masters assignments and supports trainees on teaching practice. In 2017-18, Vivien coordinated a brand new mathematics specialist route.

Along with Mark Boylan of Sheffiled Hallam University, Vivien has written a chapter about mastery for the 4th edition of Learning to Teach in the Primary School. She has also published on ICT and maths, and supported Espresso in meeting the requirements of the new curriculum.

Vivien’s first advisory post was as an E-Learning Adviser and she continues to be interested in how ICT can enhance learning and teaching. Her Masters degree dissertation explored how primary pupils used blogging software and previous action research has explored voting systems and use of the Interactive Whiteboard. When working in a school with Becta’s Test Bed funding, Vivien had the opportunity to work with high levels of ICT in her classroom, and her research formed part of the team’s final report. She presented her work at two Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) conferences and at national Becta events. She has supported schools in trialling software and is enthusiastic about exploring the potential of new and existing tools to enhance learning across subjects.

Vivien has been awarded the NCETM ‘Professional Development Accredited Lead’ status and the business is listed in the NCETM CPD Directory at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/cpd/organisation/74080.

Since September 2014, Vivien has been studying full time for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. Vivien was honoured to be awarded a funded studentship and will be researching how teachers are working with the raised expectations of the new National Curriculum, particularly in relation to fractions. During this time, she has presented at conferences of British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics and has written for the society’s informal proceedings. Much to her delight and surprise, she was awarded third place in the early career researcher category at the 2016 British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference.

When she’s not doing something mathematical or fiddling at her computer, Vivien can be found walking in the hills with her husband, Andy, or doing a puzzle in front of their log burner with a cup of tea.

Vivien Townsend Consulting Ltd is registered in England no 07528100. The registered address is 51 Main Street, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6PF. The business has public liability and professional indemnity insurance through Simply Business. Please ask if you would like more details.