Head of Mathematics - Early Years
My name is Mark Whittaker and I am the Head of Early Years and KS1 Mathematics at GFS. I have always been greatly interested in how we learn Mathematics particularly in the early stages of our school career. I loved studying at Manchester Metropolitan University where I completed a degree in Primary Education. Having always wanted to be a teacher, I trained straight away and began my first teaching post at an outstanding school in South Manchester. Whilst working at this school, I taught a wide range of abilities and year groups including Key Stage 1 and I was also involved in developing and promoting ‘Singapore Mathematics’ with a focus in Mastery. After working in two schools in Manchester, I made the move to Dubai and have loved the challenge so far. I am thoroughly excited to be leading the development of how Mathematics is being taught in Early Years and KS1 at GFS.
I am determined to ensure that all children are able to access Mathematics in a way that can help them achieve their full potential.