Dr Christos Dimitriadis


I joined Kingston University in October 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Education (Primary). Currently, I am an Associate Professor in Education: Research and Learning and Teaching at the School of Education. Before I moved to Kingston, I worked at Plymouth University as a Lecturer in Education with a specialism in primary mathematics. Before that, I was a primary school teacher for more than 20 years in various primary schools in Greece and the UK. 

My current role involves course leadership (Course Leader of the Doctor of Education Programme), module leadership, teaching, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and doctoral students (EdD and PhD), conducting research, leading research projects and research grant applications, and supporting the research activity within the School of Education and Faculty. 

My research activity combines two complex areas: mathematics education and gifted education. It concerns issues regarding teaching and learning mathematics at higher cognitive levels for raising the achievement of all students, issues about nurturing mathematical promise, and issues regarding educating students with exceptional abilities and complex needs. My research in the area of gifted and mathematics education has been exploring school practice in primary schools since 2008. Recently, my research on gifted education has focused on twice-exceptional students and their educational needs.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD in Developing Mathematical Giftedness, Brunel University, West London, UK, 21/12/2010
  • MA in Education (Primary Education), Brunel University, West London, UK, 14/07/2005
  • PG Degree in Pedagogical Studies (Primary Education), Pedagogical Department of Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece, 22/11/1999
  • BA Degree in Primary Education, Pedagogical Academy of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 30/06/1983

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • English Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Postgraduate courses taught


My research focuses on the nature and development of mathematical giftedness, gifted education, twice-exceptionality, mathematics education (primary), thinking skills, creativity, and curriculum provision.

Current Research Projects:

  • "Twice-Exceptional Students of Mathematics in Primary Schools"
  • "BSc Nursing students' experiences of the math test as part of the university's selection process"

EdD/PhD Supervision:


  • "Teacher Transition in International Schools: A narrative enquiry into the experiences and perceived needs of international school educators", EdD, First Supervisor, School of Education, Kingston University, London, UK.
  • "Teacher Professional Identity in Further Education", EdD, Second Supervisor, School of Education, Kingston University, London, UK.


  • "Factors Behind Mathematics Achievement for Freshmen Students at a Mathematics Foundation Program in Kuwait", PhD, Second Supervisor, School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, June 2019.

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD in Developing Mathematical Giftedness
  • Mathematics Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Curriculum Provision

Areas of specialism

  • The nature and development of mathematical ability
  • Mathematics teaching and learning
  • Thinking skills and teaching thinking
  • Critical evaluation of school provision for highly and exceptionally able children

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 12.


Hammad, Sali, Graham, Ted, Dimitriadis, Christos and Taylor, Annette (2020) Effects of a successful mathematics classroom framework on students' mathematics self-efficacy, motivation, and achievement : a case study with freshmen students at a university foundation programme in Kuwait. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, ISSN (print) 0020-739X (Epub Ahead of Print)

Dimitriadis, Christos and Georgeson, Jan (2018) Provision for mathematically able children in primary schools: a review of practice five years after England dropped the gifted and talented initiative. Educational Review, 70(3), pp. 358-380. ISSN (print) 0013-1911

Dimitriadis, Christos (2016) Gifted programs cannot be successful without gifted research and theory : evidence from practice with gifted students of mathematics. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 39(3), pp. 221-236. ISSN (print) 0162-3532

Dimitriadis, Christos (2016) Nurturing mathematical promise in a regular elementary classroom: Exploring the role of the teacher and classroom environment. Roeper Review, 38(2), pp. 107-122. ISSN (print) 0278-3193

Dimitriadis, Christos (2012) How are schools in England addressing the needs of mathematically gifted children in primary classrooms? A review of practice. Gifted Child Quarterly, 56(2), pp. 59-76. ISSN (print) 0016-9862

Dimitriadis, Christos (2012) Provision for mathematically gifted children in primary schools: an investigation of four different methods of organisational provision. Educational Review, 64(2), pp. 241-260. ISSN (print) 0013-1911

Dimitriadis, Christos (2011) Developing mathematical ability in primary school through a ‘pull-out’ programme: a case study. Education 3-13, 39(5), pp. 467-482. ISSN (print) 0300-4279


Dimitriadis, Christos (2013) Developing mathematical giftedness within primary schools: A study of strategies for educating children who are gifted in mathematics. Lambert Academic Publishing. 432p. ISBN 9783659503283

Conference or Workshop Item

Ooms, Ann, Gale, Julia, Heaton-Shrestha, Celayne [Contributor], Dimitriadis, Christos [Contributor], Elcock, Karen [Contributor] and Paget, Kris [Contributor] (2019) Mathematics anxiety amongst nursing students. In: World Congress on Nursing and Healthcare [WCNH-2019] : Exploring Latest Innovations in Nursing & Healthcare; 09-11 Sep 2019, Rome, Italy. (Unpublished)

Dimitriadis, Christos and Georgeson, Jan (2017) Provision for mathematically promising children in primary schools : a review of practice five years after England dropped the Gifted and Talented Initiative. In: Excellence, Innovation, & Creativity in Basic-Higher Education & Psychology; 03-05 Jul 2017, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Dimitriadis, Christos (2015) Why having provision for the gifted student of mathematics without a theory, research-based framework and without specialized knowledge creates more problems than it solves. In: 21st World Conference: Educating Gifted and Talented Children - Turning Research into Practice; 10-14 Aug 2015, Odense, Denmark. (Unpublished)

Dimitriadis, Christos (2014) Educating the gifted student of mathematics in primary schools: What works in practice. In: The 11th International Conference on: Excellence in Education: The Creativity – Innovation Challenge; 07-10 Jul 2014, Paris, France. (Unpublished)

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