Mr Hughes has taught mathematics at all levels, from junior primary school to tertiary. He spent more than 30 years lecturing at the Auckland College of Education, Palmerston North Teachers’ College and the University of Auckland. He played a key role in Numeracy Development Projects (NDP) as a national Coordinator. He led research into the effective teaching and learning of mathematics, co-wrote the professional development resources that were developed, and helped to create a number framework and diagnostic assessment tool. The NDP provided professional development to more than 20,000 teachers, and his resources continue to be widely used. Mr Hughes advised the Ministry of Education during the redevelopment of the New Zealand Curriculum and advised the writers of the national Standards in Mathematics and Statistics.
Mr Peter Hughes, of Auckland, ONZM for services to mathematics education