Ex-Computing Lead Educator within Southwark Local Authority London, BCS/CAS Certified Teacher in Computer Science
After completing a 4-Year Specialist teaching degree at Manchester University focusing on SEN and what was ICT at the time, I moved to London to begin my teaching Career. Teaching in 2 different Local Authorities over the 8 years I taught. For the past 3 years, I have been focusing on developing the teaching and preparation materials for the new computing curriculum within Southwark, looking at training opportunities for schools, and ensuring they were ready for the impending changes to the curriculum in September 2014.
As of January 2015, I began working for DigitalMe as an Education Project Manager, still working with schools and Local Authorities, on the computing curriculum, but also with the development of a new ‘Digital Currency’ – Open Badges. These help to recognise the skills and talents of young people in and out of the ‘formal’ education setting. One key program of interest, was Safe Social Networking; and e-safety SoW supported by O2 to scaffold young peoples understanding of the Social Web – working with over 5000 schools globally and reaching over 33,000 young people. Alongside this, I have been working closely with Naace to develop CPD badges to support both teachers with their understanding and application of the Computing Curriculum, and more recently on a project developed to accredit technicians and network managers for the work they carry out in schools.