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Ruth is currently on secondment from the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth to take up the position of Co-Director of Hamilton Maths and Reading Project. She is an early years specialist and is particularly involved with teaching both Maths and English in Reception.

Her work in early years led her into a heavy involvement with the development of the National Numeracy Strategy.  She has written the NNS materials for primary schools and the Strategies' Early Years materials.  Ruth has also made important contributions to the teaching of phonics in England and was the only external consultant employed by DfES/PwC in the production of the Planning Guidance that the DfES has sent to each primary school.

Demand for Ruth to carry out in-service training around the country is very high. Even with this demand on her time she still believes that it is important to teach one day a week in her local primary school.

Ruth's advice to early years teachers is to trust their professionalism and common sense;

"Stick to what you know, never mind the labels, or how you might be positioned or perceived for doing this or that. We must not become bogged down by bureaucracy. The job is to excite and enthuse children, and to teach them."

Ruth Merttens

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