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Masters in Education, Open University
PGCE (Secondary) Mathematics, University of Lancaster
BA (Hons) Mathematics, University of Oxford
CNAA Diploma in Counselling, University of East London


Janette began her professional career in 1984 as a maths teacher in inner London. She has extensive experience of working with learners in mainstream secondary schools, sixth form college and community based provision in a variety of roles including as head of department and curriculum manager. In 1999, Janette moved to South Wales and began working in Further Education, teaching maths and numeracy to students on a range of academic and vocational programmes. She has been involved in teacher education since 2006 and joined the Post compulsory Teacher Education team at Newport School of Education in 2009 to develop the Adult Numeracy and Mathematics teacher education provision at the university and with partner colleges.


Janette is a member of the Post compulsory Education and Training (PcET) and Secondary Education team. She is a teacher and tutor on the pre-service and in-service Professional and Post Graduate Certificate of Education teacher training (PcET) courses. Janette also leads on specialist Adult Numeracy and Mathematics modules on the Master’s programme and has a particular interest in continuing professional development courses for teachers working with maths and numeracy learners in post-16 settings.


Gibney, J. (2013) Provoking mathematical thinking: numeracy teachers doing ‘realistic’ maths in Griffiths, G. and Stone, R. (eds) Teaching Adult Numeracy: Principles & Practice. OUP, McGraw Hill.

Gibney, J. (2014) ‘Provoking mathematical thinking: Experiences of doing realistic mathematics tasks with adult numeracy teachers’ in Adults Learning Mathematics An International Journal 9(2) (online) Available from

Reprinted in Safford-Ramus, K., Keogh, J., O’Donoghue, J. and Maguire, T. (eds) (2018) Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum 1993-2018: Celebrating 25 years: A lot done, a lot more to do. London: ALM.

Hector-Mason, A.; Gibney, J. and Griffiths, G. (eds) (2014) Critical Moments in Adult Mathematics: proceedings of the 20th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum (ALM). Caerleon, University of South Wales.


ALM (Adults Learning Maths) – (Trustee 2013-15)
ATM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics)
Nanamic (National Association of Numeracy and Mathematics Teachers in Colleges)
RaPAL (Research and Practice in Adult Literacy)
UCU (University and Colleges Union)


External Examiner for University of Central Lancashire for English: literacy, Maths: numeracy and English: ESOL teacher education courses (2014-2018)
Local organiser for ‘Critical Moments in Learning Mathematics’ – the 20th annual conference of ‘ALM – an international research forum’ held at Caerleon Campus, July 1-4, 2013


2012 – Member of USW project team contracted by Welsh Government to undertake the National Numeracy Framework post-consultation review and offer expert guidance on its delivery to the National Numeracy Advisory Panel.
2013 – Member of USW project team contracted by Welsh Government to provide online resources in the form of a numeracy learning pack for the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP) programme and LearningWales digital platform.
2015 – Joint consultancy role for ColegauCymru in developing and delivery of GCSE CPD Training the Trainers programme for new GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Mathematics and Numeracy qualifications.


Sociocultural perspectives on maths and maths education
Numeracies as social practices

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