Dr Paula Claughton

Dr Paula Claughton

Lecturer in Education

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • BA (University of Leicester)
  • EdD (University of Hull)
  • MA (Edge Hill University)
  • MEd (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)


Paula Claughton is a lecturer in primary mathematics at the School of Education. She joined the University in September 2015 and until recently has worked in a dual capacity at the academic institution and at a local primary school. Since 1992, Paula has gained most of her teaching experience in socially deprived, inner-city primary schools. In her current setting, Paula trained as a mathematics specialist delivering training city-wide as an Every Child Counts Lead Trainer, Numicon Affiliate Trainer and NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead. She is currently involved in sharing practice and pedagogy to state primary schools in Bermuda.

As a Lecturer in Education, Paula is responsible for teaching primary mathematics on the Primary PGCE programme. Her teaching commitment includes developing pedagogy and practice in primary mathematics as well as providing online tutorials based on primary teaching. In addition to leading workshops, Paula provides ongoing support to trainees which includes prompt feedback linked to baseline/exit assessments; optional group tutorials to address mathematical misconceptions; providing access to regularly revised/updated material on the University’s virtual learning environment to support self-directed study; email support to address factors ranging from wellbeing to lesson planning. Paula is also a school experience tutor for trainees taking part in the PGCE programme which involves liaising with mentors in local primary schools, observing trainees in-situ and providing feedback to develop and enhance practice.

Research interests

Paula's professional and research interests centre on:

representations in primary mathematics

the science of learning

spatial reasoning

outdoor learning

teaching assistants’ sense of belonging