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Studying Maths to Smash the Glass Ceiling

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Gaynor Bahan, Regional Lead of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, gives the 20/21 LivMS Presidential Lecture

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The number of girls choosing to study Maths beyond GCSE is increasing but is still disproportionately low. Women are currently underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) occupations and the term ‘glass ceiling’ is used to refer to an invisible barrier to success that some have encountered in their careers.

This lecture will explore some of these challenges and consider the potential benefits of studying maths for *both boys and girls.* What are the different options after GCSE and what are the career opportunities?

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Gaynor taught Maths to 11–18-year-olds for 15 years between 2003 and 2018. During this time, she was a senior leader in schools across the North West, lectured in Mathematical Statistics at Edge Hill University, and supported the initial teacher training of hundreds of secondary maths teachers.

In 2018, she joined the System Leadership team at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and is currently the Regional Lead for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, supporting Maths Hubs with their amazing work in teacher professional development and school improvement. She is particularly interested in professional learning communities and recently co-published a paper on their design for the Chartered College of Teaching’s journal, Impact.

Gaynor is passionate about promoting the study of STEM subjects to girls (her own daughters, Maeve and Thea, often experience this) and to raising the aspirations of all disadvantaged pupils.

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