Mieka Harris

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education

Mieka Harris

My area of interest lies in contextualised learning, guiding learners to appreciate the purpose of a session or class, and making links across their knowledge base.

I am also a huge advocate of teaching strategies that promote confidence in pupils, and so teach through the lenses of inclusivity and promoting opportunities for success. I have taught on a variety of courses, largely with a mathematics focus.

Within my current role at the University, I lead the Secondary Mathematics PGCE; the sessions on this continually interlink between developing content, pedagogical understanding and effective teaching practice. This supports the use of contextualisation and underpins my approach to teaching.

Where possible I involve community organisations into sessions to emphasise the experiential opportunities and applications of classroom knowledge. This has led to some award-winning projects, including developing a resource for The Higgins Bedford and a maths and rugby programme with Bedford Blues.

Alongside this role, I have undertaken a variety of teaching experiences, such as working with Hospital Schools and being Education Manager at The British Museum


  • NCETM Accredited Professional Development Lead
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Management and Leadership Level 5
  • MA Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Mathematics)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics and International Development

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • NCETM Enigma Maths Hub

Teaching Expertise

  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Level 7), PGCE Secondary
  • Working with Children in Alternative Settings (Level 6), BA Primary Years Education
  • Exploring Core Subjects (Maths) (Level 6) BA Primary Education with QTS
  • Professional Studies: Multidimensional Classrooms (Level 4), BA Primary Education with QTS
  • Mathematics Elective (Level 6), BA Primary Education with QTS
  • Mathematical Problem Solving (Level 6), BA Applied Education Studies
  • Mathematics Education (Level 5), BA Applied Education Studies
  • Core Mathematics (Level 7), KS2-3 PGCE
  • Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course

Research Interests

  • Contextualised learning
  • Enquiry learning
  • Alternative learning environments

External Roles

  • Strategic Board Member for Enigma Maths Hub


  • Harris, M (2021) ‘Real world contexts and teaching’ in Bringing the Curriculum to Life (2021) by Janice Wearmouth and Karen Lindley (eds.)
  • Harris, M. (2017) What colour were Dorothy’s shoes? in The Museum Blog Book Museums Etc: London
  • Harris, M. (2015) Are coins small and boring? Developing an interactive education programme, Museum and Society Journal 13 (2) Available www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museumsociety/volumes/volume-13-2015
  • Harris, M. (2013) Contextualised financial education ICOMON e-proceedings 7 Available network.icom.museum/icomon/publications/e-proceedings-since-2006/L/1/
  • Pattison, S. and Harris, M. (2010) Making the strange familiar: emphasising the role of mathematics across the curriculum National Teacher Research Panel 
  • Pattison, S. and Harris, M. (2010) Strengthening mathematical knowledge NCETM Microsite Available www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/24756

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1234 793460
E: mieka.harris@beds.ac.uk