Rob Kearsley Bullen

Rob Kearsley Bullen

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Secondary and Continuing Education


Rob is a lecturer currently teaching on the Secondary Professional Year course (leading to PGCE/ProfGCE with Qualified Teacher Status). He is a subject tutor for Secondary Mathematics and also teaches on the module Learning and Teaching in the Wider Context. He teaches education modules on the undergraduate course Mathematics and Secondary Education and delivers sessions for the pre-initial training Mathematics Enhancement Course.

Career overview

Rob’s journey from student of mathematics to teacher, to teacher of teachers was not a linear one, as he periodically diverted into other areas of endeavour: music is an integral part of his life and he has also recently moved into writing fiction. He has an occasional blog, Teaching Maths Teaching, and is an earnest advocate of the use of dynamic mathematics technologies in the classroom.

After graduating from Oxford University, Rob’s career began in London, working for Thorn EMI PLC and, later, Central Independent Television, as a software engineer and eventually as project leader. This was followed by a period of self-employment in the music industry in his native North-East. He qualified as a teacher of mathematics and ICT in 1991 and taught mathematics in schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire before taking up his post at NTU in 2009.

Research areas

Rob is currently developing methods of using Intelligent Practice to develop efficient pedagogical pathways to deeper mathematical understanding in Key Stage 4.

External activity

During his teaching years, Rob was joint manager of the Lincolnshire Further Mathematics Centre which ran under the auspices of the Further Mathematics Network (now the Further Mathematics Support Programme). His involvement with delivering enrichment sessions for able mathematicians via the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass programme has continued during his employment at NTU.

He is currently involved in delivering Teacher Subject Specialist Training (CPD for career changers and returners) at Southwell Minster School and George Spencer Academy, and is a contributor to the East Midlands East Maths Hub Curriculum Development Project.


Kearsley Bullen, R, Mitchell, V and Moon, S (2011). 11+ Maths Success. London: HarperCollins.

Kearsley Bullen, R (2011) Nottingham Trent University Virtual Schools. Case Study 3 in Hughes, J and Kidd, W (eds) Working with Diverse Groups of Learners in the Digital Age. ESCalate. [available at]

Kearsley Bullen, R and Lawlor, G (2010). GCSE Bitesize Maths Complete Revision and Practice (2 titles). Harlow, BBC Active (Pearson).

Kearsley Bullen, R, Edmondson, A and Ward, A (1999-2002). Success in Maths (24 titles in all). Harlow: Pearson.

Kearsley Bullen, R and Cox, M (2001). Blue Peter World of Music. London: BBC Education.

Broadbent, P and Kearsley Bullen, R (1998). 150 Daily Maths Lessons Year 6. London: Hodder and Stoughton (for W H Smith).

Broadbent, P and Kearsley Bullen, R (1998). Targeting Number (3 titles). London: Longman.