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Dr Caroline Hilton
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am currently a Lecturer in Primary Education. In this role, I lead the maths module on the Primary PGCE and the Primary Mathematics Pathway. I also lead the Primary Mathematics Teaching master's module on the MA in Primary Education. I teach mathematics on the Primary PGCE and on other programmes, as required.

Most of my working life has been spent in schools and colleges, working with students from 5 to 75 years. I have worked in mainstream schools, special schools and further education, as well as being involved in teacher education. I have had led mathematics in a number of settings, including a special school and a pupil referral unit. I also worked for a number of years as deputy head of a local authority behaviour support service.

I have a particular interest in supporting students who struggle with mathematics, those that are low attainers and those with special educational needs and disabilities. I am also interested in supporting teachers to integrate the teaching of music and mathematics.

I am on the strategic board of our local maths hub and I am also leading a work group for an on-going NCETM project exploring ways of supporting ITE providers and maths hubs to work more closely together.

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Research Summary

My doctorate was on mathematical development in children with Apert syndrome. This led to a specific interest in the role of fingers and finger gnosis in developing early number concepts. I am currently working with a local nursery school exploring a range of activities to develop finger gnosis in young children.

From 2013 to 2016, I was on the steering group for the member of the EC Comenius Project, European Music Portfolio - Maths: Sounding Ways into Mathematics. In order to develop this work further, I am currently engaged in projects exploring the co-teaching of mathematics and music, with both practising and pre-service teachers.

I have also been involved in a range of small projects on the PGCE programme, exploring effective ways of teaching for initial teacher education.

Teaching Summary

I have taught mathematics in secondary schools, colleges of further education, special schools, a pupil referral unit. During this time, I had various roles of responsibility for mathematics provision across the age range.

Since 2009, I have been involved in initial teacher education, first with secondary mathematics trainees and then with primary trainees. I am currently responsible for, and tech on, the mathematics component of the Primary PGCE at UCL and the master’s specialism module in mathematics, that is part of the PGCE programme.

I was involved in the establishment of the Mathematics Specialist Teaching programme which was developed in response to the Williams Review (2008). When that ended I obtained funding to set up and run the Primary PGCE Mathematics Specialist pathway. This programme is still running.

In 2019-20, I developed a new primary mathematics module, as an optional module on the MA Primary Education.

Academic Background
2017   Doctorate. University College London
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