Karen Tozer

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

School:School of Education

Location: ARU Peterborough

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Courses taught:

Karen has had a varied career in education, starting as a primary school teacher to then being a school improvement advisor for a large multi-academy trust before becoming a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training. She is now part of the teaching team at ARU and the Course Leader for the new BEd Primary Education with QTS in Peterborough.

Email: [email protected]


Karen re-trained as a primary school teacher following a career in the national and local civil service. She has worked in all year groups, although specialising in teaching upper Key Stage 2. Alongside her teaching, she led on Christian Distinctiveness prior to being a mathematics subject lead, introducing mastery throughout the school, which then led to her being curriculum lead for the school and part of the senior leadership team.

Taking these skills, she then worked for a large multi-academy trust as a school improvement advisor, specialising in mathematics and curriculum development. The MAT covered four local authorities, with over 40 schools.

Whilst teaching and advising, she also worked as a part-time lecturer on their BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies course before becoming a substantive member of staff and leading their BA (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS) course and teaching across a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

She has recently been appointed to ARU to lead the new BEd Primary Education with QTS course running from ARU Peterborough campus in September 2024.

Research interests

  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Teacher Development
  • Mathematics and maths anxiety


Karen currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Key Paradigms 2: Sociology and Politics


  • PgDip – University of Bedfordshire. Academic Practice
  • PGCE – Anglia Ruskin University. Primary Education
  • MSC – Birkbeck College, University of London. Gender, Culture and Society
  • BA (Hons) – Essex University. Politics and Government

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics