Dr Leanne Gray

Lead for Initial Teacher Training

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

School:School of Education

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Courses taught:

Leanne has expertise in early years and primary education, with a particular interest in early mathematics. Prior to joining the university, Leanne was a primary school headteacher.

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Beginning her teaching career in 2005, Leanne has spent over 15 years teaching across the whole primary age range in schools in London and Essex. She became an Advanced Skills Teacher in mathematics and early years before moving into a senior leadership role. She was a deputy head in primary schools in both Southwark and Tower Hamlets before moving to a headship in Essex. She has extensive experience of working with pupils with English as an additional language.

Research interests

  • Early counting
  • Primary mathematics
  • Early years education
  • Outdoor learning
  • Learners with English as an additional language in mathematics

Leanne’s doctoral research focused on preschool counting and explored what development looks like in counting for a child during the nursery year. She is interested in early years and primary education, with a particular focus on mathematics, outdoor learning, and learners with English as an additional language. 


Leanne currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Early Childhood Leadership and Management (MOD007945)
  • Mentoring for Initial Teacher Training (MOD009353)


  • Educational Doctorate, The University of Birmingham
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • MEd, The University of Birmingham
  • PG Cert, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCE (Primary), The University of Birmingham
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance, The University of Birmingham

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
  • Member, EECERA
  • Member, British Education Studies Association (BESA)
  • Member, British Educational Research Association (BERA)