Hi! My name is Paul and I work as a Publisher in the Primary MyMaths team.
Can you tell us a bit about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been working in educational publishing for 11 years and have spent the last 7 years specialising in Primary Maths.
My route into educational publishing started when I came back from teaching English as a foreign language in Japan. During my time in Tokyo, I loved the process of working with a range of students of different ages and trying to create interesting, engaging lessons for them. It was a challenge balancing a desire to be creative with the time available, but it was an incredibly fulfilling one!
After returning back to the UK and gaining some digital publishing experience I moved to Oxford University Press in 2010, working on a range of Primary Maths products, including Numicon. For the past 4 years, I’ve been working within the MyMaths team, helping to create lessons, homework tasks and booster packs that hopefully are interesting and engaging for both teachers and pupils alike.
Tell us about your role within the MyMaths Team?
My role in the MyMaths team is quite varied, but my main goal is to ensure that the content on the site is relevant and useful for the users of the site. We try to make sure that new content is regularly added to meet teachers’ needs and I also work with the Primary editorial team to make sure we’re producing the right content at the right time. A good example would be the bar modelling content and the times tables booster pack that we recently added to the Primary site.
I’m also heavily involved in the work being done to get MyMaths content out of Flash. It’s a really exciting project to be involved in and involves a lot of collaboration with the technical team, design team, customer support and marketing colleagues so that we can provide teachers, pupils and parents with the best possible experience.
I’m also lucky enough to get to spend some time visiting schools that use the site and speak to teachers and pupils about their experiences on MyMaths. This feedback is essential in allowing the team to work to make sure that the site is as useful as possible. If you’re a Primary school using the site and would like to share any feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear from you!