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Catherine Gripton

Assistant Professor in Primary Eduction, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Catherine Gripton joined the University of Nottingham in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor in Primary Education. She teaches on primary teacher education courses within the School of Education. She has worked in Higher Education since 2004 and previously at Nottingham Trent University (2008-2018) on undergraduate and postgraduate education including PGCE, BA Primary Education, Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) and Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) courses. In Novermber 2011, Catherine gained professional recognition from the Higher Education Academy as a Senior Fellow.

Before and alongside working in Higher Education, Catherine was a teacher in four primary schools in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. She has been a class teacher for all year groups Nursery to Year 2 and became an Advanced Skills Teacher in May 2003 for early years and mathematics.

As well as being a member of ATM, BSRLM, EECERA, Early Education, AMET and the Chartered College of Teaching, Catherine is a member of the Early Childhood Mathematics Group and joint MA/ATM primary and early years group. Catherine has also undertaken external consultancy in mathematics education for regional maths hubs, NCETM, DfE and educational suppliers.

Expertise Summary

Catherine's expertise and interests include:

  • early years practice and pedagogy
  • early childhood mathematics
  • primary mathematics
  • children's perspectives in education

Catherine's doctoral research explored 5-7 year old children's lived experiences of 'ability' in case study classrooms.

Research Summary

Catherine's main areas of research interest are children's perspectives in education and early childhood mathematics.

Catherine is particularly interested in: research methods to illuminate children's perspectives and early childhood mathematics (including early counting and patterning).

Recent Publications

Catherine is a member of the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education. Her research supervision areas include:

  • early childhood education
  • children's perspectives on education
  • early and primary mathematics education

She is particularly interested in supervising students engaging in participatory research with young children and research into aspects of early childhood mathematics education.

Past Research

Catherine has previously researched holistic learning in early childhood education including developing early communication and the 'planning for possibilities' approach. She has also worked on developing a coherent approach to planning in the primary school. Catherine's previous research has also focussed on 'ability' in schools including 'ability' grouping.

  • GRIPTON, C. and KNIGHT, R., 2020. Walking the talk: moving forwards with sustained shared thinking and dialogic teaching. Forum. 62(1), 31-40
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE and VINCENT, KERRY, 2020. Using small world toys for research: a method for gaining insight into children’s lived experiences of school International Journal of Research & Method in Education. 1-16
  • SERRET, NATASHA and GRIPTON, CATHERINE, eds., 2020. Purposeful Planning for Learning: Shaping learning and teaching in the primary school Routledge.
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE, 2019. Communicating children’s perspectives. In: KENT, JULIE AND MORAN, MOIRA, ed., Communication for the Early Years: A holistic approach Routledge. 27-40
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE, 2019. Communicating through the environment. In: KENT, JULIE and MORAN, MOIRA, eds., Communication for the Early Years: A Holistic approach Routledge. 71-84
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE, CLAPHAM, ANDREW and WOODFORD, MATT, 2018. Hello from the Other Side: Teaching for Mastery and the Reception teacher In: Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics. 38. 1-6
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE, 2017. Planning for Endless Possibilities. In: WOODS, ANNIE, ed., Child-initiated Play and Learning: Planning for possibilities in the early years 2nd. David Fulton. 8-22
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE, 2016. Nurturing Involvement through Assessment and Planning for Possibilities. In: WOODS, ANNIE, ed., Examining Levels of Involvement in the Early Years: Engaging with children’s possibilities Routledge. 105-117
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE and HALL, VAL, 2016. Diverse Consumers. In: HAWKINS, CYNDY, ed., Rethinking Children as Consumers: The changing status of childhood and young adulthood Taylor & Francis. 11-29
  • GRIPTON, CATHERINE, 2014. Playing with Thinking. In: WOODS, ANNIE, ed., The Characteristics of Effective Learning: Creating and capturing the possibilities in the Early Years Routledge. 71-86

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