Maths education

We have considerable expertise in mathematics education research, working alongside colleagues in the Mathematics Education Research Group.

Our expertise and methods
Current and recent research includes

  • evaluating school teacher CPD
  • curriculum development evaluation
  • evaluation of intervention projects in schools

We use a range of methods including

  • literature reviews of resources
  • surveys of practitioners
  • case studies of schools and teachers
  • randomised controlled trials (RCTs)

Current and recent research projects

  • Longitudinal evaluation for the England-China maths education innovation research project (Shanghai teacher exchange) (2014-2018) Department for Education
  • Evaluation of Scratch programming and its impact on computational thinking (2014-2017) Education Endowment Foundation
  • Research into the mentoring of FE and Skills STEM teachers (2014)
  • Research into subject specific training for FE and Skills teachers (2014-2015)
  • Mathematics in the Making (2013-2016) Comenius, European Union
  • Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (2014-16) Mathematics in Education and Industry
  • The Evaluation of the Mathematics Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Support Programme Managed by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (2013 - 2014) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • Evaluation of the Primary Mathematics Host Schools Project of the National Centre for Excellent in Teaching Mathematics (2013) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • Evaluation of the Multiplicative Reasoning Project (2013–14) Department for Education
  • Making Research Accessible and Relevant to Practising Teachers - National Priority Project (2010-11) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • Mathematics for a stronger society study (2010) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics.
  • Assessing the Impact of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics on Teachers and Learners (2009-2010) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • cre8ate maths (2007-2010) Yorkshire Forward
  • Evaluation of the Mathematics Development Programme for Teachers (MDPT) and Science Additional Specialism (SASP) Pilots (2007-09) Training and Development Agency
  • Study of Secondary Mathematics and Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement Provision (2007-08) Training and Development Agency
  • Collaborative Practice in Developing ICT Geometry Pedagogy (2006-2007) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics

Find out more

Email Mark Boylan at m.s.boylan@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6012.

Staff undertaking this research include:

  • Dr Gill Adams
  • Dr Mark Boylan
  • Mike Coldwell
  • Sean Demack
  • Dr Tim Jay
  • Dr Bronwen Maxwell
  • Prof Hilary Povey
  • Anna Stevens
  • Ben Willis
  • Claire Wolstenholme
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Bookstart Resource Review

Repeat of study of bookstart resources conducted first in 2012 at invitation of Booktrust.Dates: April 2014 - June 2014Funding:


Deepening our understanding of R&D in teaching school alliances

Deepening our understanding of R&D in teaching school alliances: an opportunity to build on the existing R&D work of teaching school alliances in themes 1 and 2 through additional data collection and analysisThe project is a continuation of the National...


Engage Evaluation

A 3 year evaluation of ENGAGE (Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science) project led by Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University and funded by 7th...


Mentoring teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Further Education in England

The project examines mentoring and the potential for external mentoring in FE. The research involves three elements.1) A review of existing research literature on mentoring and other support for the professional learning and development (


Bookgifting Literature Review

The aim of the work was to review the UK and international evidence about bookgifting.The review considered the different forms of bookgifting