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Nathan started working for NFER in May 2015 as a Research Manager, initially to work as part of the team developing the National Reference Tests. His work on the project so far has involved developing and reviewing items for trialling, developing mark schemes, mapping items to the new GCSE curriculum and grading structure and trialling items with students to support the development of a suite of valid and reliable tests.
Prior to working for NFER, Nathan worked for 16 years as a Mathematics teacher, with the last 4 years as head of department, at a large and successful secondary school on the outskirts of Reading. During his time as a teacher, Nathan successfully led teams through periods of curriculum and pedagogical change and was also involved in school-based and LEA-based research projects linked to improving classroom practice – from leading student research into effective learning to developing ‘teacher toolkits’ for using innovative practices in mathematics teaching.
Nathan has worked with a wide-range of different ability students in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and led a team to support effective transition in mathematics from Key Stage 2 to 3. He has always had a passion for ensuring students can both enjoy learning mathematics and achieve their full potential, and is enjoying using the skills he has developed in a school setting to support the wider world of educational research.