I am Lead Practitioner of Computing at Aldersley High School in Wolverhampton which is part of the Amethyst Academies Trust, a multi-academy sponsor and family of two schools in the local area. I have a leading role in improving the standards of teaching and learning of computing teaching with the trust, ensuring these are consistently high. This involves working closely with all computing teachers, with the aim of raising student achievement at all levels. I also contribute to whole school staff development including the running of twilight sessions and contributing to whole school training e.g. to promote the sharing of good practice.
Before working at Aldersley, I was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education at Birmingham City University where I lead on the PGCE and Teach First programmes for initial teacher training at Secondary level. In November 2012 I was appointed as a Computing at School ‘Master Teacher’ and a year later became the Regional Coordinator for the CAS MT programme in the West Midlands. As of September 2015 I jointly run the CAS West Midlands Regional Centre helping to coordinate all training and development activity across the West Midlands. Prior to this I was an ICT and Computing teacher for 11 years, 7 of these as Head of Department.
Prior to my teaching career I worked in several related fields from Control System design for manufacturing companies through to Network Infrastructure implementation as part of an IT outsourcing company. I have a BEng (Hons) degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PGCE in Secondary ICT. I am currently working towards my PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.