Authentic Maths

Rebecca Hanson provides professional development services for primary teachers in Cumbria who want to enjoy teaching mathematics well. She provides regular or occasional face-to-face tuition in Cockermouth (for students in years 6-13) and one-off sessions for parents who want to know how to better help their children with maths in Cockermouth or by Skype. Rebecca also completes a wide range of commissions in mathematics education including writing teaching materials. Authentic Maths is her business.

professional development for teachers

tuition for students and support for parents

about Rebecca



One of the best things about running your own business is that sometimes you can take time out do do other things you really care about, something that’s just not possible when you’re teaching. In November & December last year I took 2 days out each week to campaign for our NHS services which are […]

17 Mar 17 Rebecca Hanson

Celebrating 250 teachers and teaching assistants trained

What a year! Feeling incredibly lucky and privileged to have worked with 250 wonderful teachers and teaching assistants.  Thank you so much all of you. All teachers are guaranteed to be able to teach every maths concept on their part of the curriculum effectively to a fully mixed ability class. Picture with the wonderful Amy […]

24 Nov 16 Rebecca Hanson

Signing off from Voom.

For those who didn’t receive it, here’s a copy of my sign off message from the Virgin Voom competition. If you missed the Border TV clip it’s here and if you missed the Mike Zeller interview it’s here at 0:50. I feel the weight of the pain that children and teachers experience with the new […]

07 Jun 16 Rebecca Hanson

Sue Hayman and the Times & Star supporting the Voom Bid

Sue Hayman MP supporting the Authentic Maths Voom bid this morning – showing off yesterday’s Times & Star article.  

21 May 16 Rebecca Hanson

Authentic Maths Radio Interview

Find out more about Rebecca Hanson and Authentic Maths. Listen to this Business Innovators radio show.

18 May 16 Rebecca Hanson

The highs and lows of West Cumbria

On the one hand the business community of West Cumbria couldn’t have been more wonderfully supportive and friendly. On the other had there was no mobile network and no internet at Energus – so they couldn’t vote: Aaaargh – everyone is convinced they will remember and promises they will rememer to vote but they […]

17 May 16 Rebecca Hanson

Authentic Maths Virgin VOOM Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE West Cumbrian Education Entrepreneur asks for public help. As children take their SATs this week a busy Cockermouth lady who runs maths training for primary teachers has some precious time to think about the future. Rebecca Hanson has been running courses in school non-stop since she launched her new maths training in […]

09 May 16 Rebecca Hanson

24th May TAs Training SOLD OUT

    The Excellence in Eden TAs training on May 24th at CREA is now completely sold out.  If you’d like to be informed about future events please contact India Campbell at Excellence in Eden: Email Tel: 01768 210206, like Authentic Maths on Facebook or follow @authenticmaths on Twitter.  

03 May 16 Rebecca Hanson

More spaces added – KS2/3 TAs training Tues 24th May

Great news – we’ve managed to secure a larger room for the Excellence in Eden KS2/3 TAs training on Tuesday 24th May.  Book quickly to secure your place and avoid disappointment. Contact India Campbell Email: Tel: 01768 210206.  

17 Apr 16 Rebecca Hanson

100 Teachers Trained Press Release

                            As teachers and children across Cumbria prepare for the new primary SATS this May, Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths is celebrating having trained over 100 Cumbrian teachers and teaching assistants to teach the new primary maths curriculum. Rebecca was one of […]

06 Apr 16 Rebecca Hanson

Newsflash (x2)

The excellent program “The Trouble with Numbers” featuring Jo Boaler and other key figures in maths education is now available on itvplayer until 30 November 2014 at Availability of Jo Boaler’s free MOOC – How to Learn Math (For Students) has been extended until 30 September 2015.  It takes about 6 hours to complete.  […]

03 Nov 14 Rebecca Hanson

Feature – Free from Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler is a top UK professor of mathematics education who currently works at Stanford University in the US.  She often returns to the UK and was very recently back to film for the ITV Tonight Show special on maths which will be shown this Thursday 30th October at 7:30pm. She was featured in the […]

27 Oct 14 Rebecca Hanson

Goodbye to old networks

Although it was very hard to say goodbye to such a great group of people, I am tremendously grateful for having had the chance to be part of the inspirational network of OU PGCE Mathematics Tutors. Having the chance to reflect on mathematics education with other dedicated and very experienced teachers with diverse experiences must surely […]

12 Oct 14 Rebecca Hanson

Rebecca Hanson – policy campaigner

Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths has been fighting for policy reform on Ofsted at the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference in Glasgow.  You can see her here (at 2:10)during October while the conference is still live on iplayer.

12 Oct 14 Rebecca Hanson

October Update – Good News!

Following the disappointing news that the Cumbria bid for a Maths Hub was unsuccessful, I have decided to refocus Authentic Maths. There is not enough professional development in mathematics education available for teachers in Cumbria, especially in the west where it’s so hard to do a day trip to Manchester. So I’ve employed Elizabeth Anderson […]

07 Oct 14 Rebecca Hanson

National Assessment Reform Report 1 September 2014

By June it seemed that important conversations about pending national assessment reforms were failing to happen effectively because people had lost track on what’s going on. I’ve therefore spent the summer talking to many people from subject associations, unions and awarding bodies to try concisely describe the current position. This short report summarises the pending changes […]

31 Aug 14 Rebecca Hanson

April Update

Storm Clouds passing St. Bees (photo unaccredited from the internet – if this photo belongs to you please contact me as I would like to give credit for it). Wow – things have so busy I didn’t even have time to write about the launch of my business. It’s been wonderful meeting so many inspiring […]

15 Apr 14 Rebecca Hanson

2014 Primary Mathematics Curriculum is Not Fit for Purpose

Following the writing of my first report on the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in December I have been corresponding with the key people involved in its development. As a results of their comments I have written a second report which calls for the immediate suspension of the implementation of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics. This new […]

31 Dec 13 Rebecca Hanson

A report for primary schools on the new National Curriculum

A free report for primary schools on the new Primary Mathematics National Curriculum is available here: The Challenges of Implementing the New Primary National Curriculum This concise report provides clear information for schools on the content and development of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum.  It focuses in particular on the mathematics curriculum, comparing it with the previous […]

11 Dec 13 Rebecca Hanson

Fun for parents in 2014

I originally thought that Authentic Maths would focus on providing support for primary school.  However the feedback from parents who’ve tried it has been so great that I’ve decided to restructure the business and focus on this service instead.  This is a big change and so explains why the full business launch has been delayed.  […]

11 Dec 13 Rebecca Hanson

Pre-launch News

Authentic Maths is due to launch in October 2013 Authentic Maths will offer primary schools in West and North Cumbria the opportunity to participate in professional development which will allow them to take the mathematics component of the new primary curriculum in their stride. Authentic Maths will also provide support for parents and other adults who […]

25 Sep 13 Rebecca Hanson