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Dr. Rosemary Russell - Short CV
Born in Calcutta, India, Rosemary came to England with her parents aged 6. Gaining an Honours degree in Pure Mathematics, Probability and Statistics and a PGCE from the University of Sheffield, she taught in London, and then moved to Dorset. She took a career break from teaching to run a small fashion business when her children were young. Her dabble in the business world gave her valuable insights as to how those outside education view what goes on in school.

The things parents said to her in that time led her to write her first book, Maths for Parents (Piccadilly, 1996). This led to the invitation and encouragement from Dr. Bob Burn (then at the University of Exeter) to do research in the field of parents helping their children with mathematics, which ultimately led to Rosemary being awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol in 2002, with Professor Martin Hughes as her supervisor.

Having recently taught maths to senior students (Year 9 – Year 13) at St Peter’s School Voluntary Academy in Bournemouth (from Sept 2000 – Aug 2013) where she held a part-time post, Rosemary is now focusing on her writing and consultancy work, and her running her newly designed Maths for Parents course. (See Blog).

Rosemary is a member of the Parental Engagement Expert Group for National Numeracy.She is also a National Numeracy Challenge Champion, encouraging others to use the Challenge Online to improve their numeracy.



Rosemary's latest series of books, Help your Child with Numeracy (Continuum) draws upon her wide experience of teaching maths to both adults and children and insights from her PhD. Her book, Help Your Child with Numeracy Ages 3-7 was published on 7 June 2007, and the next in the series, Help Your Child with Numeracy Ages 7-11 was published on 15 April 2009. They are recommended by National Numeracy.

How to engage parents with their children's learning is high on the education agenda at the moment, and Rosemary has quite a lot to say about it. She has briefed Government ministers on how better to involve parents with their children's mathematics learning. When she met with Professor Celia Hoyles, then Director of NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching Mathematics), in March 2011, Professor Hoyles said, ‘More teachers need to know about your research as part of their CPD.'

If you would like to know more about Rosemary’s research, please contact her directly through this website.

Rosemary has had several articles published in various publications, academic as well as popular. For example, she had an article published in May 2013, Issue 234, of Mathematics Teaching, the Journal of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (See pdf: here) and in the July 2010 issue of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Primary Magazine (Issue No. 25). See: https://www.ncetm.org.uk/enquiry/25470

The paper she gave at the BSRLM (British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics) conference in Bristol on 20th June 2009, summarising her findings can be seen in at: www.bsrlm.org.uk/IPs/ip29-2/BSRLM-IP-29-2-13.pdf

She had a Comment article published in The Independent, 10 May 2007.

Previous to her latest work with Continuum, Rosemary had two books published by Piccadilly Press, Maths for Parents (1996), which was given good reviews in several diverse publications such as Family Circle and TES, and IT for Parents (1996), which was once again well received in diverse publications such as Sainsbury's Magazine and Guardian Education. She has written several articles on parental involvement in maths education in various places, such as The Times, Guardian Education, TES, and Parentwise. She was involved in the BBC's Year 2000 Numeracy Campaign, appearing with Patsy Palmer, and has also had several radio interviews.

Rosemary's PhD was awarded from the University of Bristol in 2002, and conferred in 2003, and is available on the CERUK database.

For more information on her publications to date please see  Rosemary Russell's publications to date.