Laurie Jacques

Laurie is director for professional development at SMaR+ and also a consultant. She has substantial experience as a KS1/2 teacher. She worked as a leading maths teacher and then as an advanced skills teacher (maths) – these roles provided opportunities to run demonstration lessons, support teachers 1:1 and present at cluster meetings to teachers and head teachers. She was a subject leader for 10 years leading professional development days/twilight, using gap analysis to write action plans to meet pupil and staff needs. Laurie has an MA in maths education from the IOE. As a BEAM consultant she has provided INSET for schools, delivered sustained programmes and conference workshops. Her specialism is to make using problem solving and reasoning in primary classrooms as easy to implement as possible for any teacher.