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* *Date:* 22 Apr, 2021
* *Time:* 14:00
* *Presenter:* Gaynor Bahan
* *Title:* Studying maths to smash the glass ceiling
* *Audience:* Year 9 up and teachers, and all interested in mathematics education
* *Venue:* Online
* *Registration:* Via the [Eventbrite](https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/studying-maths-to-smash-the-glass-ceiling-tickets-146326888663) page for the event
* *Contact:* Peter Giblin
Gaynor Bahan is President of the Liverpool Mathematical Society and Regional Lead (Lancashire and West Yorkshire) of the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics).
The number of girls choosing to study maths beyond GCSE is increasing but is still disproportionately low. Women are currently underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) occupations and the term ‘glass ceiling’ is used to refer to an invisible barrier to success that some have encountered in their careers.
This lecture will explore some of these challenges and consider the potential benefits of studying maths for *both* *boys* *and* *girls.* What are the different options after GCSE and what are the career opportunities? And there will of course be the opportunity to do some maths!
Gaynor taught maths to 11–18-year-olds for 15 years between 2003 and 2018. During this time, she was a senior leader in schools across the North West, lectured in Mathematical Statistics at Edge Hill University and supported the initial teacher training of hundreds of secondary maths teachers.
In 2018, she joined the System Leadership team at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and is currently the Regional Lead for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, supporting Maths Hubs with their amazing work in teacher professional development and school improvement. She is particularly interested in professional learning communities and recently co-published a paper on their design, for the Chartered College of Teaching’s journal, Impact.
Gaynor is passionate about promoting the study of STEM subjects to girls (her own daughters, Maeve and Thea, often experience this) and to raising the aspirations of *all* disadvantaged pupils.