Computing SKE Tutor
QTS gained 1995
Materials Science and Engineering BEng (Hons)
I have been in the SKE tutor role for three years now, but I can boast to having 28 years relevant experience in education. After initially teaching in Yorkshire for 6 years, I took on the post of School Improvement Advisor for ICT (now known as computing), for the London Borough of Hillingdon. During my time with the Local Authority, I became the local lead for the Secondary National Strategy and took on the role as NQT adviser. I also became a qualified OFSTED inspector. Since then, I have worked with Canterbury Christchurch University, leading their secondary Computing PGCE program and on the Teach First program as a Professional Tutor. I continue to work within ITT as secondary Link Tutor for Brunel University as well as independently supporting schools within the field of computing and working for Eureka.
In 2017, I was given the opportunity to be a part-time specialist computing teacher within an outstanding West London school with responsibility for leading on the borough computing courses. I grabbed this opportunity with both hands and thoroughly enjoy being back in the classroom. I am passionate about computing and see it as a gateway to the world of opportunities for students. The key to successful computing is effective pedagogy built around relevant and creative scenarios. The link between computing and effective teaching in other STEM subjects is strong and I believe, comes through computational thinking. I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting and sharing this knowledge with Eureka students on the SKE courses and seeing them establish successful careers as they move into ITT. In my spare time I enjoy the great outdoors with my six-year-old son. I also play rugby weekly and regularly cycle. I am also undertaking a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management through the National College.