Tel: +44 (0)1204 903302
Email: R.Woolley@bolton.ac.uk


I completed an Honours Degree in Pure Mathematics and Economics in 1988 and started teaching mathematics and numeracy in an FE setting in 1998. I moved into Teacher Education 5 years later, teaching on both generic and subject specialist programmes. I completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL in 2010. My current research interest involves alternatives to a timed test for adult numeracy/mathematics.

I am a member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Higher Education Academy and the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM). I am a Professional Development Lead for the NCETM and have been a reviewer of Professional Formation (leading to QTLS) for the Education and Training Foundation since 2011.

Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms

My research interests include mathematics/numeracy as a social practice and assessment for mathematics/numeracy in the Further Education sector.  I am currently undertaking PhD research developing a ‘connected’ assessment model for summative assessment for adult numeracy as an alternative to a timed examination.

Teaching Responsibilities

PGCE/CertEd Mathematics (Numeracy)

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Mathematics (CPD)

Supervision of Masters Dissertation relating to subject specialism

Publications and Research Outputs 

Woolley, R. (2013) ‘Mathematics and Language’ chapter in Griffiths, G. and Stone, R. (2013) Teaching Adult Numeracy: Principles and Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Woolley, R. (2017) ‘Assessment fast or slow? Why we need a new model of ‘connected assessment’ for adult numeracy.’ RaPAL vol 92 pp24-31.

Woolley, R. (forthcoming) ‘Connected Assessment.’ Proceedings of the 24th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics: A Research Forum (ALM). Rotterdam.