About Ben Sparks

Ben works part time with the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP), based at the University of Bath, as a speaker, tutor and co-ordinator, and part time as a freelance maths enrichment speaker around the UK – including the Maths Inspiration project run by Rob Eastaway. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools and conferences around the country on a range of mathematical subjects. Check out the events page to see where he’s speaking next. You can view info on how to book him here, and how to get in touch here.

Mathematics

Ben has a BA (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences from Merton College, Oxford and an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing, from Somerville College, Oxford. He occasionally wonders about doing a PhD, but isn’t quite sure he’d cope with all the sitting down.

Teaching

He trained as a secondary maths teacher with a PGCE at Oxford University Department of Education, and has taught at the King’s School, Oxfordshire, Poole Grammar School, Dorset and Canford School, Dorset. He teaches online for the MEI’s Further Maths Support Programme, with their Live Online Tuition and Live Interactive Lectures, and also runs professional development for teachers, in person and via their Live Online Professional Development programme.

Speaking and Performing

Ben speaks regularly at schools, student conferences, and at teacher conferences. Recently he’s been involved with the Maths Busking project, and helped Maths Inspiration and Maths On Screen deliver some maths enrichment DVDs for year 10 audiences. From September 2011 he’s been working much more closely with the FMSP and delivering enrichment material with them. Have a look at the Talks page to see what sort of things he does.

Other stuff

In the increasingly small amounts of time not already accounted for Ben likes to dabble in music and photography and will sometimes be found busking on his guitar in a town centre he likes the look of.
He says it keeps him off the streets.

 

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