Tony James Webster Cotton Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Tony James Webster Cotton

Freelance Writer and Educational Consultant

I am a mathematics teacher and a teacher of teachers of mathematics. I believe that we can all become mathematical and that being mathematical changes the way that we see and act on the world. I also write short stories and review gigs for my local newspaper. You will still catch me in sweaty clubs listening to boys and girls with guitars.

Subjects: Education


After completing a mathematics degree and a PGCE I started teaching in Sheffield in 1981. A highlight was teaching a 17 year old Jarvis Cocker and putting on a very early gig of his in City School Hall. After 10 years in secondary schools in Sheffield I moved to Leicester and worked at the Multicultural Centre there leading CPD across the city. Then I moved into publishing and helped develop HBJ Mathematics and STEPs - two schemes that teachers of a certain age may remember. From there I moved into Universities and taught and lead courses at Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University before becoming Head of the School of Education and Childhood at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett). I now work freelance and am currently Honorary Secretary of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. I also spend two weeks every year teaching in Bangkok for Nottingham University and I am working in Macedonia developing their mathematics curriculum.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Mathematics Education
    International Education and Curriculum Design
    Education for Social Justice

Personal Interests

    All things mathematical
    Creative activity - particularly writing and music or even the two combined


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