Peter Nowland Teacher, Headmaster/Principal, Mathematics Author and Presenter of Professional Learning CoursesPeter has had 37 years involvement with education in a variety of positions including classroom teacher (primary and secondary), deputy head, headmaster/principal (primary and secondary), curriculum writer (Mathematics) and author of many educational resources. Peter is also well known for his mathematics professional development workshops and seminars with a focus on student-centred, inquiry-focused education.
After beginning his career as a classroom teacher in 1973, Peter was seconded after 5 years to work in the Department for Education on curriculum development (mathematics) both from a writing and presenter perspective. Through these experiences Peter became aware that teachers wanted further assistance in the form of inquiry-focused teaching ideas for mathematics and, from that, the original edition of his Mathematics Today Series (MTS) was written.
By the time Peter had completed and published the first edition of MTS in 1983, he had been back in schools for 3 years as a deputy head before being seconded for a second time (1983-84) to continue with further professional learning support to schools in the areas of Mathematics and Science. During the period 1985-89 Peter was principal of a country middle school before returning to primary education as a head of a large, and fast-growing, metropolitan school.
In 1997, following the success of his courses, Peter resigned his position to combine his dual interests in writing and delivering professional learning courses into an educational consultancy business.
Peter’s company, SchoolCentre, has also been publishing the Mathematics Today Series (MTS) since 1983. Initially MTS was presented in traditional textbook and blackline master format and then from 2002-2007 MTS was available to schools in a digital database format that was released on CD. The change was necessary to provide teachers with greater support in developmental learning practices.
Most recently Peter has focused his time fully on making the MTS database available in an online format to support teachers looking for mathematics resources with a developmental focus (i.e. teachers can source learning experiences on any topic at any level to meet any needs). This inexpensive and highly flexible way of accessing support materials is now available as MTSonline.
For a full summary of all of the features in MTSonline, including the hundreds of interactive maths tools available, and to see the many ways it can support teachers through the whole of the Planning-Teaching-Assessing cycle, go to MTS Features at this website. Or, simply give yourself a free trial by clicking on the blue Free trial button.
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