Alison Borthwick trained as a primary teacher but to date her career has spanned early years, primary, secondary, HEI and advisory roles. She is currently an education and mathematics adviser and for the last 20+ has managed her own education consultancy, often alongside other paid roles and work streams. Alison is a world class trainer, a keynote speaker, facilitator, adviser and teacher (the latter role she still loves and enjoys to do when she can). As a long-standing Governor of an infant school (she joined the school in 2000) she is able to maintain a strategic overview of school life alongside the practical issues of being a class teacher.
In addition to her UK based work, Alison has worked in 25 countries, taking on a multitude of different roles. An example of some of the international deliverables include: training in leadership, coaching and mentoring, conducing system wide reviews of documentation, developing and reviewing research questions and analytical frameworks, curriculum mapping and facilitating face to face, online and blended workshops. Alison remains an active researcher, writer and co-author and has edited and published several books, professional and academic journals and papers.
Alison is the current chair of the Primary Association of Teachers of Mathematics/ Mathematical Association (ATM/MA) Group. She is also a member of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers (NAMA), Early Childhood Maths Group (ECMG), British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and the Primary Contact Group for Royal Society Advisory Committee on Mathematics (ACME).
Alison offers up to date knowledge of the early years and primary landscape and as a Primary and Secondary Professional Development Lead for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).