Gareth H. Buckland
Gareth is a qualified teacher with fifteen years teaching and senior management experience in secondary schools, including eight years working overseas in a large international comprehensive school in Hong Kong. On his return from the Far East, he became head of a mathematics department in a very successful comprehensive school in England before moving into LEA advisory work.
During this advisory work, Gareth had his first two books published. They were extremely successful and became standard texts for an exciting style of learning mathematics in over 25% of schools in England and Wales. After five years advisory work, he was invited to become Director of a national, mathematics project based in the Institute of Education in London. The work he did led to the introduction of a resource comprising over 100 books for learning mathematics in an innovative and exciting manner. The critic reviewing the resource for the Times Educational Supplement described the books as the “best resource for mathematics for over 25 years”.
Gareth undertook this role as Director for three years before returning to advisory work as adviser for mathematics in a large Welsh local education authority (LEA). Ultimately, Gareth became a second tier officer in another Welsh LEA. His work has led him to become an accomplished thinker and presenter in all areas relating to school leadership and management and the school improvement agenda, as well as strategic areas of LEA planning and development. His work has led him to presenting to audiences around the world including Canada, Spain, the Far East and Germany as well as regularly running in-service training for schools in the UK and Germany.
Gareth has been a Registered Inspector for Estyn, the Welsh HMI, leading teams of inspectors across Wales. His most recent work as a freelance consultant, has been within the development of teachers and headteachers through understanding their own learning and working styles. This has lead towards dramatic changes in the delivery of the curriculum to secondary age pupils.
His work is often described as thought-provoking, challenging and innovative. The capacity to reflect on one’s own practice is at the heart of his own work as well as that of all participants on courses he runs. Following a successful career at senior levels in schools and in local authorities, his key strengths have been described as:
- Strong leadership and management qualities;
- Strong negotiation and inter-personal skills;
- Excellent communicator;
- Capable of getting the best out of staff who work for and with him.