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Drew Quayle

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Research Supervision:

Drew has expertise in primary education, educational leadership and mathematics education. Drew has been a headteacher and a mathematics advanced skills teacher. He has a wealth of experience teaching across all stages in primary school.

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Drew has been teaching since 2006, spending over ten years in a diverse range of primary schools. He has taught across the key stages, from Early Years to Year 6. For four years he was a headteacher of an outstanding school and the youngest headteacher in Suffolk. He has worked as a mathematics specialist teacher, assessment adviser, and an advanced skills teacher, supporting both schools and individual teachers improve their own practice. He currently serves on the Diocesan Board of Education.

For the last four years, Drew has been working at Anglia Ruskin University as a senior lecturer. He has launched the MA Education with Leadership and Management course and is currently the course leader for the BA Primary Education Studies accelerated degree. He was a co-researcher on the Royal Opera House Bridge and Paul Hamlyn Creative Writing through the Arts research project 2017 – 2020.

Research interests
  • Mathematics education, specifically mathematical connectedness
  • Primary education
  • Creative writing
  • Educational leadership and its impact upon school improvement
  • Teacher perception and pedagogy

Drew has supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in mathematics education in both primary and secondary schools. He has also supervised students in educational leadership, specialising in school leadership and management. Drew is carrying out a PhD into mathematics connectedness, exploring whether teachers’ perceptions of mathematics influence their teaching of it.

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies.
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies Accelerated
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • MA Education
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist (MaST)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • BSc Paediatric Nursing
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Member, British Educational Research Association
  • Member, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
  • Member, Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Recent presentations and conferences

Quayle, D. (2024) Mathematical narratives of experienced Key Stage Two teachers. Presented at: AHESS PGR Conference, 7 February 2024. ARU.

Quayle, D. (2024) Transformative journeys. Presented at: BERA SIG: Primary Research in Mathematics Education Event, 3 February 2024. Online.

Quayle, D. (2024) "The problem of mathematics": a workshop. Presented at: AHESS Open Day, 20 January 2024. ARU.

Quayle, D. (2023) A narrative exploration of primary school teachers’ mathematics connectedness. Presented at: Building Strong Foundations: Best Practice in Early Childhood Education and Development, 12 November 2023. National Pingtung University, Taiwan.