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Dr Martin Crisp

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

Professional biography

I am a Lecturer in Primary Education.

I am currently chairing E103,' Learning and teaching in the primary years', a module in the BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary). I authored the mathematics subject knowledge study blocks in E209, 'Developing subject knowledge for the primary years'.

I also work on the Learning Assistant component of the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) in Sierra Leone, supporting young women to qualify as primary school teachers in rural Sierra Leone, and the foundation numeracy strand of the IGATE-T project in ZImbabwe.

Before coming to the OU, I was Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Greenwich, where I was also the Programme Leader for undergraduate initial teacher training. Prior to that, I worked as primary school teacher, mathematics co-ordinator and SENCO in the London boroughs of Southwark and Bexley.

In a previous career I worked within banking in the City for a number of years before training as a teacher. 

Research interests

In May 2017 I completed my EdD, exploring the professional learning of teaching assistants in primary schools, with a particular focus on the development of mathematical subject knowledge.



Moving from a continuum to a community: reconceptualising the provision of support (2015-09)
Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda
Review of Educational Research, 85(3) (pp. 319-352)
Conceptualising inclusive pedagogies: evidence from international research and the challenge of autistic spectrum disorder. (2013-12)
Sheehy, Kieron; Rix, Jonathan; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda
Erdelyi Pszichologiai Szemle (Transylvanian Journal of Psychology), XIV(1)
Exploring provision for children identified with special educational needs: an international review of policy and practice (2013)
Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda
European Journal of Special Needs Education, 28(4) (pp. 375-391)
“It’s not a sausage factory!” Primary teaching assistants’ experiences on a short intensive block of study on mathematics (2013-11)
Crisp, Martin
In : British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) Day Conference (16 Nov 2013, Edinburgh) (pp. 7-12)
Improving pupil achievement in primary school mathematics through the introduction of a national numeracy strategy - can one size fit all? (2005)
Crisp, Martin
In : ETEN conference 2004 (2004, Viana do Castelo, Portugal)
A study of teaching assistants' engagement with a mathematics block of learning (2017-05-04)
Crisp, Martin
edd thesis The Open University
It takes a village to raise a teacher: the Learning Assistant programme in Sierra Leone (2017-05)
Crisp, Martin; Safford, Kimberly and Wolfenden, Freda
The Open University and Plan International
Continuum of Education Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs: Review of International Policies and Practices (2013)
Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda
National Council for Special Education


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