Professor Rose Griffiths

Rose Griffiths

Professor of Education

BSc Hons (Leicester)
PGCE (Leicester)
MEd (Leicester)
PhD (Cambridge)

Tel: 0116 229 7530

Rose is a Professor of Education and a National Teaching Fellow. She began her teaching career as a secondary school mathematics teacher, and  also taught in pre-school, primary, special and adult education. Her work in the School of Education includes teaching on the PGCE Primary course and on mathematics education courses for experienced teachers.

Rose’s major teaching and research interests are in mathematics education, including early years mathematics and low attainment across the 5 to 19 age range. Her strong record of publications for the mathematics classroom and for children at home has extended over thirty years, with more than 100 titles published. Rose is currently working on ‘Making Numbers’, a Nuffield-funded research and development project about the use of manipulatives to develop children’s number sense.

Rose has made a unique contribution to the field of childhood bereavement. Working with the Childhood Bereavement Network and Leeds Animation Workshop, she initiated a much-praised project called ‘Not too young to grieve’ which provides advice about supporting young children who have been bereaved. To view these professional development materials, visit:

Rose created The Letterbox Club, for children aged 5 to 13 in foster care in 2003. This has grown year by year, with major funding from the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2007 and 2008. In partnership with Booktrust, there are now over 10,000 children in the Letterbox Club for 2016, across the UK. For more information please go to



Rose teaches on the following programmes:

Selected Recent Publications

Griffiths, R. (2013) The Letterbox Club: educational possibilities in a parcel, in S. Jackson (ed), The Education of Young People in Care: Ideas from research and practice, 74-91. London: BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering).

Griffiths, R. (2012) The Letterbox Club: an account of a postal club to raise the achievement of children aged 7 to 13 in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (6), 1101-1106.

Griffiths, R. (2010) Mathematics and Play, in J. Moyles (Ed), The Excellence of Play; 3rd edition, Buckingham, Open University Press, pp 169-185.

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