Staff profile

David Benson

Mathematics Education Coordinator and Senior Lecturer




College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I coordinate Mathematics Education provision across all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes as well as the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities within the sphere of Mathematics Education for serving teachers and other education professionals. My work embraces primary and secondary education provision.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a variety of PGCE, other postgraduate and BEd modules. These mainly focus on mathematics within Initial Teacher Education but my work also embraces CPD for serving teachers in local and regional schools. I coordinate the Mathematics Subject Pathway on the BEd programme as well as the Subject Specialist Enhancement for Mathematics on our PGCE programmes. Additionally, I contribute to the Learning and Teaching modules (Level 7) on the Core PGCE programme.

Research interests

  • Patterns Leading to Generalisation in Mathematics (2004-5)
  • Visualisation in the Learning of Early Algebra [MA research] (2005-6)
  • The Viva Voce as an Assessment Tool (2006-7)
  • Pupil Talk and Transfer of Challenging Pedagogies from University to the Classroom (2008-9)
  • Problem-Solving in Mathematics (2010-11)
  • Effective Use of Learning spaces (2011-12)
  • Peer support in revision for GCSE mathematics (2012)
  • Arithmetic Fluency in Mathematics (2014)
  • Mastery Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Mathematics (2015–6)
  • Developing Arithmetic Fluency in Under-Confident Pupils

Membership of professional bodies

  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics


  • BA (Hons) Mathematics and German (1984)
  • PGCE Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages (1985)
  • Master of Education Practice (2006)
  • FHEA (2014)

International experience

  • External adviser in mathematics education for Charles University, Prague (2008-current)
  • Development of international learning community with Charles University, Prague (2003-current)
  • Development of ERASMUS programme with Charles University, Prague: student and colleague exchanges (2008-current)

Recent publications

  • Benson, D. et al (2000): Hide and Reveal, Random Numbers (software). Malmesbury, Sherston
  • Benson, D. & Littler G.H. (2005) Patterns Leading to Generalisation, pp202-9 in Novotna, J.(2005) Proceedings from International Symposium Elementary Maths Teaching. Prague: Charles University
  • Benson, D. (2007) Patterns Leading to Algebra Unit 1, pp. 1-50 in Jirotkova, D. &  Stehlikova, N. (2006) Innovative Approaches to the Teaching of Mathematics. Prague:  Charles University
  • Benson D., Knight R. (2009) Pupil Talk and Transfer of Challenging Pedagogies from University to the Classroom. Proceedings from Escalate conference, Wrexham
  • Benson D. (2011) Problem-Solving: Scaling the ‘Brick Wall’ in Maths Teaching. In Mathematics Teaching, November 2011. Association of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Benson D. (2014) Division: what do we mean by ‘efficient methods’? In Mathematics Teaching, March 2014. Association of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Benson, D. (2016) Maths Mastery: the Key to Pedagogical Liberation? in Mathematics Teaching, Volume 254. Association of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Benson, D. (2019) Reflections on working with The Gang: a journey towards computational fluency? in Mathematics Teaching, Volume 266. Association of Teachers of Mathematics