BiographyKieran Mackle is a MaST (Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher), action researcher and a Specialist Leader of Education, who has worked with numerous schools and the Medway local authority to provide training and school-to-school support. Upon the completion of his B.Ed. at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Kieran moved to Medway where his career progression saw him take on the roles of class teacher, assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher in schools in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. At the beginning of 2017 he moved to the Kent local authority to join a school, initially as Associate leader, before successful appointment as specialist mathematics teacher and collaboration lead across three Gravesham primary schools.
His action research has generally focused on the application of mathematical skills and the development of reasoning, an example of which was published by the ATM in March 2014. In January 2014, he was fortunate enough to join 50 SLEs on the second phase of the DfE’s China Research project which provided the opportunity to visit Shanghai with a view to identifying transferrable strategies that could be employed to provide the highest quality maths education for all pupils.
Kieran's latest publication, "Tackling Misconceptions in Primary Mathematics", was written with the intention of providing student/beginning teachers with the guidance and subject knowledge necessary to facilitate deep, meaningful and relevant mathematical understanding in their pupils, while potentially supporting subject/school leaders, eager to instil the same qualities across their respective teams.
He can be found on Twitter, where he is an active member of the online education community. When not working, Kieran can mostly be found spending time with his wife and two sons, exploring all that the South East of England has to offer.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Languages, science, history, music, reading and sport of all varieties.
Published: Mar 03, 2014 by Mathematics Teaching
Authors: Kieran Mackle
A summary of an action research project conducted as part of the primary MaST course, this article explore the impact reasoning can have on pupil understanding in mathematics and video as a tool for teacher professional development.