In September 2016 , I celebrated 50 years in education: 6 years as a primary teacher, 4 years as a deputy, 11 years as head teacher at three primary schools, 16 years as senior IT adviser for Hampshire, 12 years as Director of Gatehouse Partnership and 2 years as an independent consultant, which is what I am doing now. I joined Naace in the early 1990s but remember its foundation in the mid 1980s when my former boss, Graham Bevis, helped set up the association.
My main work for Naace has been supporting and assessing first the Naace Mark, then its successor the ICT Mark. To date, as a Lead Assessor, I have assessed or moderated almost 200 schools covering every age range and ability level. I am currently advising 20 schools that are working towards ICT Mark assessment in the future including two MATs. I wrote the e-guide on senior management and the self-review framework and, over the years, have attended numerous annual conferences.
My central aim has always been to use IT to support teachers’ teaching and children’s learning and I am pleased that Naace has survived its recent problems so that we can work together to achieve that aim.