In my opinion young people need to develop skills for life e.g. resilience, resourcefulness, reciprocity, reflectiveness. Online forums discuss the fact that few schools that are able to teach computing because a certain level of expertise is necessary, however I am fortunate to have had experience in teaching adults, post-16, KS4, KS3 and KS2 in my role within the community. As adult workers, young people will be applying for jobs that have not yet been invented, thus my interest in keeping up to date with new technologies and methodology is of value. An understanding of Computer Science will teach young people how to deal with change, and play an effective role in the digital world.
I led the introduction of Computer Science at Richard Challoner School, New Malden; Marlborough Academy, St Albans; and Adeyfield Academy, Hemel Hempstead. I single-handedly taught Functional Skills ICT to 140 Year 9 students with a pass rate of 95% at Level 2 and 92% at Level 1. As a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) I have experience of training KS5 post-16, and adults. I am an effective teacher, a firm disciplinarian and have a good working relationship with staff and students. I have used my passion and initiative to achieve excellent outcomes at Adeyfield Academy, Marlborough Science Academy, Richard Challoner School, Chesham Park Community College, and Holmer Green Upper School.
As a teacher of Computing and ICT with departmental responsibility for Computer Science at Richard Challoner School I led Enterprise Education through an imaginative range of activities delivered through ICT, with a full range of extra-curricular opportunities across key stages. My focus is to shape the future of the curriculum through development of Computer Science, as implemented at Marlborough Science Academy and Adeyfield Academy, by working with colleagues to meet strategic plans of schools; to contribute to the success of an organisation that values academic excellence and fosters continuous learning; and inspire students to fulfil their individual potential for intellectual, creative, spiritual, emotional and physical achievement.
- Computer Science and ICT knowledge; putting into context and making it
relevant and interesting.
- Leadership of extracurricular activities e.g. Enterprise Education across all
- Analysis of attainment in KS3/KS4 ICT and KS5 Young Enterprise show
- Effective teacher, firm disciplinarian, good relationship with students.
- Flair and creativity in worksheet design that are student friendly and allow
- Pastoral care as Form Tutor; effective and approachable.
- Effective monitoring of student progress through recording sheets and
- Good working relationship with colleagues.
2018-2020 Teacher of Computer Science at Adeyfield Academy, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 4DE
2016–2018 Teacher of Computer Science and ICT at Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2QA.
2014-2016 Teacher of Computing/ICT with departmental responsibility for Computer Science at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey.
2005-2014 Teacher of ICT i/c KS3, Enterprise Coordinator; Specialist Community work at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey. KT3 5PE.
2004-2005 Head of ICT and Business Department at Chesham Park Community College, Chartridge Lane, Chesham, Bucks HP5 2RG.
2003-2004 Administration Manager, Tromat Technologies, Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000 Australia.
1989-2003 Holmer Green Upper School, Parish Piece, Holmer Green, High Wycombe, Bucks. HP15 6SP.
2002 - 2003 + Cisco Networking Instructor (Semesters 1-4)
2001 - 2003 + Teacher of ICT with responsibility for KS3 & 4
2000 - 2003 + Coordinator of Key Skills (IT, Comm, AoN)
1998 - 2001 + Teacher of A2/AS, AVCE Business
1995 - 1998 Resource Coordinator
1993 - 1995 School Librarian
1990 - 1993 Library Assistant
1989 - 1990 Humanities Assistant
2018-2020 Teacher of Computer Science at Adeyfield Academy, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 4DE. Responsibility for Schemes of Learning for KS3 Computing, OCR Entry Level Computer Science, Y13 BTEC Information Technology, Y13 OCR IT.
2016 – 2018 – Teacher of Computer Science/ICT at Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans In September 2016 took on responsibility of delivering GCSE Computer Science since the school had offered the subject to students yet did not have a teacher to deliver the course. September 2018 will see the growth of the subject to include two KS5 ‘A’ Level Computer Science courses; two Year 11; two Year 10 and two Year 9 Computer Science classes with delivery of Computing skills to KS3 classes.
2014 – 2016 Teacher of Computing/ICT at Richard Challoner School, Surrey. Departmental responsibility for Computer Science. KS5 ICT; KS4 Computer Science; KS4 ICT; and KS3 Computing ICT. With the growth of Internet based applications but a shortage of programmers to solve problems, these are important to the economy thus it is important to address these issues, and learn to code applications that are business focused.
2005 – 2014 Teacher of ICT i/c KS3 at Richard Challoner School. Introduced National ICT strategy; developed, produced and implemented differentiated schemes of work, lesson plans, assessment material, and worksheets for KS3 curriculum and BTEC KS4. Named as an AUTAL (Adding Up To A Lifetime) Champion in April 2010 by the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) having written resources to develop ICT skills at KS3 e.g. Careers project using Adding Up To A Lifetime resources to equip young people with knowledge and skills required to make informed choices when they face personal and financial decisions at various stages of their lives. Richard Challoner School benefited from funding from SSAT since Careers project was used to promote financial capability to other educational establishments. This reflected Government interest in teaching of financial literacy in schools. In November 2011 a number of influential visitors met with two Year 9 classes at Richard Challoner. Visitors included Ed Davey, MP for Kingston & Surbiton and Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, Rob Devey, Chief Executive, Prudential UK and Europe, Tim Fassam, Head of Public Affairs, Prudential UK and Europe, and Chris Howarth, National Coordinator of Applied Learning for the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust).
2005 – 2014 Enterprise Coordinator; Specialist Community work at Richard Challoner School. Development of enterprise activities within Richard Challoner School resulted in the achievement of the CEI (Centre for Education and Industry) National Standard for Enterprise Education and The Young Enterprise London Centre of Excellence awards. The National Standard for Enterprise Education involved completing a full audit; a portfolio of supporting evidence of enterprise education across the school; a case study which highlighted a successful activity (the School Garden project); an action plan showing development of enterprise education; an assessment by the Head of the Enterprise and Employers programme, and consideration by the validation panel of the University of Warwick. The following aspects were identified as particular strengths: recognition of a journey of development and real desire to improve curriculum opportunities; students demonstrated they are very much part of the enterprise process in school and able to articulate enterprise skills and strengths; students able to reflect on skills needed to achieve career aspirations; the desire to support their community through fund raising was impressive; clear evidence of progression in enterprise skills with range of opportunities for students to develop; imaginative range of activities delivered through IT with full range of extra-curricular opportunities across key stages was inspirational. The Young Enterprise London Centre of Excellence award honoured Richard Challoner School through commitment of the Link Teacher to promote entrepreneurs of the future for outstanding commitment to support enterprise education. Young Enterprise is UK’s leading enterprise education charity thus strong partnership with education essential. The following accolade was acknowledged: recognition for the dedication and commitment to bring enterprise alive for students and help inspire next generation with skills and attitudes to succeed. Students of all abilities were encouraged by the Link Teacher to seize opportunity, including those whose focus on Young Enterprise was enhanced by Aspergers Syndrome, an autistic trait characterised by difficulties in social interaction, but for whom were able to overcome barriers through positive attitude and strength of character reflected in dedication to meeting goals, such as achieving Level 3 Certificate in Enterprise which carried UCAS points, thus examination entry deadlines and protocols managed effectively. Tapping into specialist interests enabled students to excel and accelerate learning resulting in a success story to be celebrated within Richard Challoner School.
Community Project Manager. As part of Richard Challoner’s Technology status providing ICT support to primary schools within Kingston Borough Council. Distributing Technology Newsletter, following which adult evening classes sessions were held for parents, technicians, teachers and members of the school community to cover a range of topics from spreadsheets to networks, website design to Internet security. Organised school and community plans to ensure targets were relevant e.g. addressing the Korean community to coordinate an EAL (English as Additional Language) course to meet their needs; communicating with care homes to ensure their ICT needs were met; organising Food Awareness and Fundamentals of Nutrition Food Technology courses.
Coordinator of Enterprise. Organised Enterprise programmes to give KS3, KS4, and KS5 students at Richard Challoner School an activity-based introduction into the relationship between learning and the attainment of personal goals. Within this, financial and physical resources were budgeted and managed. Individuals from the business community acted as role models to the students, to lead discussion, delivering activities and enriching the programme with their own experiences and business knowledge. This Enterprise programme aimed to support and guide students to explore the concepts of success, independence, and employment, and understanding the relevance of learning and education to their working future. KS2 pupils were invited from six feeder primary schools to work in teams on a series of Community Enterprise challenges. Positive feedback from students and staff indicated that Community Enterprise was enjoyable and thought provoking. Comments included that students gained new skills, opportunities to work on unique challenges, the value of gender mix/year groups, and the importance of teamwork to solve a problem. Challenges included ideas for a learning environment for the future.
Young Enterprise (YE) Link Teacher. Facilitated programmes to inspire and educate young people to understand and value the role of business through practical business to reflect real-world projects. These develop attitudes and skills for personal success, lifelong learning and employability, with a focus on the Gifted and Talented student and those with Special Educational Needs.
2005 – 2016 - Form Tutor at Richard Challoner School. Developed good working relationship with KS4 students in tutor groups over the years, approachable and sympathetic representative of Richard Challoner School’s pastoral system. Range of learning and behaviour management strategies; awareness of the need for diversity and relevant safeguarding procedures as experienced in teaching practice; appropriate knowledge for dealing with students’ difficult personal circumstances.
2004 – 2005 Head of ICT and Business Department at Chesham Park Community College. Developed National ICT strategy; produced/implemented differentiated schemes of work; lesson plans; assessment material, worksheets for QCA KS3 curriculum. With ICT strategy in place teaching staff worked towards objectives and incorporate learning resources such as interactive whiteboards, projectors, scanners, digital cameras. Organised KS5/KS4 AQA ICT; AQA Business vocational courses to support work in all subject areas to help prepare young people to become multi-skilled, well-rounded employees, able to acquire awareness of the world of work, and disciplines of the work place. These provide opportunities to develop candidates’ understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, legislative, economic, social and cultural issues and heighten candidates’ awareness of sustainable development, health and safety considerations and European developments consistent with international agreements.
2003 - 2004 Administration Manager, Tromat Technologies, Queensland, Australia. Arranged meetings with clients to discuss system requirements, specifications, costs and training; maintained accurate inventory of technology hardware, software and resources for installation; kept licenses and legal documents up-to-date, budgeting and finance including taxation and ensured compliance with quality standards; problem solving through help desk support.
2001 – 2003 Teacher of ICT with responsibility for KS3 & 4 at Holmer Green Upper School. Introduced National ICT strategy. Developed, produced, implemented differentiated schemes of work, lesson plans, assessment material, worksheets for QCA KS3 curriculum despite challenges such as shortage of resources. Delivery of Edexcel GCSE IT at KS4 showed excellent performance with 80% of students achieving A*-C, in addition to delivery of post-16 courses in BTEC IT and Edexcel ICT at KS5.
2002 - 2003 Cisco Networking Instructor (Semesters 1-4) at Holmer Green Upper School. Successfully completed CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) semesters 1-4 of the Cisco Networking Academy Program to develop a solid foundation of networking, and demonstrate knowledge of important concepts and skills including the OSI model, Ethernet networks running TCP/IP, IP addressing, and structured cabling skills to better meet the needs of post-16 and adult education to design, build and maintain computer networks.
2000 – 2003 Coordinator of Education Business Partnership (EBP) at Holmer Green Upper School. Developed and coordinated EBP meetings at HGUS which involved members of staff, members of Industry and members of Year 12 meeting about six times a year primarily to discuss activities for Industry Day, a concept that required all Year 9 students to be taken off timetable for the day to participate in a variety of activities towards a specific aim. During Industry days students created financial plans; met with a Financial Advisor; prepared appropriate refreshments; performed TV adverts to publicise the projects; gave oral presentations explaining ideas behind the attractions, design and marketing strategies used and challenges faced; and set up exhibition stands. Sponsors acted as judges, giving marks for individual tasks, culminating in a winning group at the end of the day. Comments throughout the events highlighted the enthusiasm and responsible behaviour of students.
2000 – 2003 Coordinator of Key Skills (IT, Comm, AoN) at Holmer Green Upper School. Played the key role in introducing Key Skills at Holmer Green Upper School; produced a Key Skills policy, handbooks for staff and students; and developed the curriculum and resources required with the aim of structuring the qualification so that individuals were able to study at the level appropriate to their needs. Responsible for conducting an audit to identify opportunities to achieve Key Skills across subject areas; concept and Gap Analysis to enable staff and students to track opportunities to evidence Key Skills; mapping Key Skills across the post-16 curriculum; tracking student progress; assessing work; monitoring of student portfolios; administering external assessment; and ensuring consistent standards within HGUS to equip students with the means to benefit from lifelong learning.
1998 – 2000 ICT Challenge Link Teacher at Holmer Green Upper School. Introduced and facilitated a partnership network to link Holmer Green Upper School with the global research company Amersham plc (formerly known as Amersham International) to take part in the ICT Challenge. Amersham plc with over 9000 employees specialise in health related products covering the life sciences at DNA levels through to state of the art diagnostics. The challenge enabled a 6th form team to become involved in a ‘real-life’ ICT problem based on communications that Amersham plc felt needed improvement, for which students provided an solution.
1998 - 2001 Teacher of A2/AS, AVCE Business at Holmer Green Upper School. Monitored student progress, created reports according to school policy, and commitment to motivate students to achieve a high standard of work. As a member of the ICT faculty successful teamworking relied on co-operation and trust throughout the department, in particular effective communication between line management and colleagues to ensure successful team teaching took place in order to provide consistency for students both with GNVQ, its adaptation to AVCE and BTEC courses.
1995 – 2003 Manager of Technical Crew at Holmer Green Upper School. Introduced a stage lighting course to seek out new ways of improving instruction for students to equip them with the tools, resources, and knowledge to encourage individual goals, enabling them to link problem solving and decision making with learning and the world of work. Managing technical resources for school events, in particular school productions and concerts, meant that success is often measured on how little the technical team get noticed, due to the smoothness of the sound and lighting effects and the competence and obedience of members of the Tech Crew.
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland. 4072. Australia
- Henley Management College, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
- Oakdene School, Ledborough Lane, Beaconsfield, Bucks.
- Heatherton House School, Copperkins Lane, Chesham Bois, Amersham,
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS:
2007 Qualified Teacher Status
2006 Registration with GTC - Graduate Training Programme employment
2006 Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies at The University of
2000 Diploma in Management – Henley Management College, Berkshire
1997 Higher National Certificate in Business Information Technology,
2018 An introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation.
2016 Educare Certification – Child Protection in Education 2016; Child
Exploitation and online safety for education; Chile Neglect; The
Prevent Duty; Female Genital Mutilation Awareness; Data Protection.
2003 Cisco Networking Academy Program Instructor
MBA dissertation yet to be completed - Units passed at Henley Management College
Year 1 Foundations of Management (B+); Managing Information (A+); Managing People (C); Part 1 exam (B)
Year 2 Managing Financial Resources (B); Managing Marketing (C+); Performance ((C+); Part 2 Exam (C-)
Year 3 Integrated Strategy & Business Transformation (C); Elective – Project Management (B+) Exam (C-)
July 2017 2-day Preparing to teach A-Level Computer Science – Royal Grammar School, HW.
July 2015 Python Programming – one week course – Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
Oct 2014 Teaching London Computing workshop – Queen Mary University London
May 2014 Teaching the new secondary curriculum in computing with confidence and creativity.
Jan 2014 Computer Science – Implementing the Computing Curriculum at KS3 & KS4
Oct 2013 CPD programme – Computing – Theory and Practice
Jan 2014 Object-oriented programming in Java
Dec 2013 Object-oriented programming in Java
July 2013 Raspberry Pi, Python programming CPD for teachers
Dec 2011 Education Employability conference programme
July 2011 Completion of Open University course - Vital – Copyright – keep it legal
INTERESTS: Spending time with family; travelling to experience different cultures; scuba diving; open water swimming; cycling; kayaking; researching new technologies; watching movies.
Dr Past Dean of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
Jennifer BSc(Hons 1) University of Sydney; MPhil; PhD University of Cambridge.
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