David Watkins

Academic Coordinator (Work Based Placements) / Teaching Fellow


Teaching Fellow specialising in Teacher Education and Mathematics Education, making contributions to the MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching (TLT), PGDE (Secondary) and Return to Teaching programmes.   Acting Course Leader for Return to Teaching for semester 1 2021-2022.

Academic Co-ordinator (Work Based Placements) for courses within Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Days employed:

  • Monday and Tuesday: University of Edinburgh
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Teacher of Maths with East Lothian Council

Formerly Principal Teacher (Mathematics and Numeracy) at Newbattle High School, Dalkeith (2014-2019) and before that Teacher of Mathematics at Newbattle High School (2005-2014).

Current EdD student.

Interested in all areas of mathematical education and associated pedagogy.


2020 (ongoing) - EdD - University of Stirling

2005 - PGCE (Secondary Maths) - University of Edinburgh

2004 - MA (Hons) Mathematics - University of Edinburgh

Responsibilities & affiliations

Academic Coordinator (Work Based Placements) in Moray House School of Education and Sport

Education Panel Member with General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Appointee 

Fully registered with GTCS as a secondary maths teacher, with professional recognition in the field of Supporting Teacher Learning

Postgraduate teaching

PGDE (Secondary) Mathematics: course tutor

MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching (TLT): University Cluster Link

Return to Teaching course: course tutor  (Acting Course Leader for semester 1 2021-2022)

Research summary

Interested in all aspects of secondary mathematical education and associated pedagogies, especially high-impact teaching strategies.