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Dr.Rosemary Russell BSc(Hons) PGCE PhD

After gaining an Honours degree in Pure Mathematics, Probability and Statistics and a PGCE from the University of Sheffield, Rosemary taught in London, and then moved to Dorset. She took a career break from teaching to run a small fashion business when her children were young. Her dabble in the business world gave her valuable insights as to how those outside education view what goes on in school.

The things parents said to her in that time led her to write her first book, Maths for Parents (Piccadilly, 1996). This led to the invitation and encouragement from Dr. Bob Burn (then at the University of Exeter) to do research in the field of parents helping their children with mathematics, which ultimately led to Rosemary being awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol in 2002, with Professor Martin Hughes as her supervisor.

Rosemary is now focusing on her writing and consultancy work, running her Maths for Parents course and giving author talks. (See Blog on her website).

Rosemary was a member of the Parental Engagement Expert Group for National Numeracy. She is also a National Numeracy Challenge Champion, encouraging others to use the Challenge Online to improve their numeracy.

Help Your Child DO Maths even if you DON’T:
10 things that anyone can do to help their child with maths
Paperback –
byDr Rosemary Russell(Author), Adrian Russell(Illustrator)


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” Full of tips to help families support their children with learning maths. Whatever your own feelings about maths, you can help build your child’s confidence with the subject and pass on positive attitudes towards learning. This book gives some simple suggestions for where to start.”

National Numeracy


“If you want your child to do well in maths this book is a great place to start. In a quick and easy to read format it outlines 10 important points to consider which will help you to help them more effectively. And all without doing any maths whatsoever!”

Dr Katie Baker, Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment, Coventry University


I enjoyed reading this. It’s a very simple and reassuring script for parents, gently discouraging the more unhelpful responses we may all have slipped into giving our children at times and modelling more supportive attitudes that encourage parents and children to learn together.”

Sheila Burton – Educational Psychologist

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