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Miss Clare Tope

Clare Tope

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Education Studies, Primary
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • clare.tope

Professional biography

Clare Tope joined the OU Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies in 2019. Clare contributes a specialism in mathematics to the primary team. Clare has worked in Higher Education for over a decade on programmes which support the education of both beginner and practising teachers at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For example Clare has led a PGCE primary programme and the Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme. Prior to working in HE Clare worked as a local authority mathematics advisor and as a primary teacher where she was responsible for leading mathematics. 

Research interests

Clare’s research interests centre around children’s approaches to written calculation. Clare has explored how the methods children choose to use change according to the context they are working in. Clare’s research interests in the field of teacher education focus on how beginner teachers can be supported in their choice of examples to exemplify ideas for children.  Clare is also interested in the work of subject leads in schools and is co-author of a text which explores the role of the mathematics specialist in a primary school.

Teaching interests

Clare contributes to the primary education team  in the field of mathematics


Adding ZEST to schooling in Africa

Learning outcomes for Zambia are low - more than 80% of children are unable to read and write at the end of their first year of learning and the country has one of the highest pupil-teacher ratios in sub-Saharan Africa.

18th July 2019
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