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Catherine Foley

Dr Catherine Foley
  • Programme Lead for PG Primary ITT.
  • Primary mathematics teaching across programmes.
  • Primary School Direct Programme Director.
  • Academic and supervising tutor.
  • Dissertation supervision.
  • Interviewing across programmes.
  • Mentor on the APP.
  • Ethics Committee member.


Areas of interest

  • Primary mathematics education.
  • Talk for learning in primary mathematics education.
  • Children's perceptions and attitudes towards mathematics.
  • Implications of the 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics.

Postgraduate supervision

Masters Level Supervision offered in these areas

  • Primary mathematics education.

PhD/EdD Supervision offered in these areas

  • Primary mathematics education, pupil perspectives.

Current and Recent PhD Students, with topics/titles of their research

  • Yang Hong (with Dr. Carol Fuller): How does being 'left-behind' by the migrating parents impact on the educational attainment and aspirations of young people in a rural village in China?
  • Rachel Roberts (with Dr. Elizabeth McCrum): Critical conversations - capturing the impact of evaluative language in mentor meetings in initial teacher training.


  • Primary PGCE curriculum mathematics.
  • Primary School Direct curriculum mathematics.
  • Occasional guest lecturer on the BA CDL, PGCert Early Years, MA, Ed.D and CQSD T&L programmes.

Research projects

  • Educational Doctoral student.
  • Children's perceptions of mathematics: IoE funded.


  • University Teaching Fellow (2014).
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • David Malvern PGCAP Portfolio prize winner (2012).
  • University award for outstanding contribution to teaching and learning (2012).
  • University Team award for outstanding contribution to teaching and learning (within PGCE specialism team) (2013).

Selected publications

Conference Presentations:

  • Foley, C. (2015). Girls, mathematics and identity: creative approaches to gaining a girls'-eye view. Paper presented at BSRLM Conference, Reading, 7 November.
  • Foley, C. (2015). June Girls' mathematics and identity: building ownership, forging confidenceOxfordshire Mathematics Conference.
  • Foley, C. (2014). June Geometry, the new NC and paper magic Oxfordshire Mathematics Conference.
  • Foley, C. (2012). May Helping children make progress in mathematics Thame Mathematics Partnership.
  • Foley, C. (2011). July Make one change Hampshire Hart area Mathematics Managers' conference.
  • Foley, C. (2011). March Is this the end of the three-part lesson: what do we want from mathematics teaching post the NNS? Hampshire New Forest Mathematics conference.
  • Foley, C. (2010) November Developing visualisation in mathematics ATM/MA Meridian branch meeting presentation.
  • Foley, C. (2007). July ICT in the renewed Primary Framework: The problem solving classroom South West of England Schools ICT Conference Torquay.
  • Foley, C. (2007). ICT in the National Strategy, Primary BETT Conference.
  • Foley, C. (2006). The interactive whiteboard: hero or villain? ASE Berks and Oxon Conference.

Journal Editing:

  • Peer reviewer for the Teacher Education Advancement Network online journal.

Enterprise Activity; External Roles and Consultancy:

  • CPD support to local schools including Whitley Excellence Cluster.
  • DfE ITT mathematics skills tests expert review panel member.
  • External Examiner: Primary PGCE Programme, UCL IoE London.


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