This is my 'working document' C.V. within which I will try and keep up-to-date with my current achievements and projects. Please do not take this document as a sign that I am "looking for a job", rather that I am always open to being approached about new ideas, concepts and projects.

Education

  • 1997: Sacred Heart Secondary Comprehensive - 8 GCSE's at A*-C including English, Maths and Science
  • 1999: Redcar & Cleveland Technical College - A-Levels in Maths, Physics & Computing
  • 2002: University of Portsmouth - BSc (hons) Computing
  • 2008: St Mary's University College - PGCE Education (A)ICT
  • 2011: Edge Hill College of Higher Education - PGDip Education
  • 2015: The Institute of Education (UCL) - M.A. Educational Leadership

Employment

  • 2008-2017: Teacher/Head of Dept/Subject-Coordinator - Harris Academy Merton. Role started as a teacher (ICT/Business), led through promotions to HoD CS, Subject Coordinator (CS, IT, Business, Economics), Subject Coordinator (ICT, CS, Media, R.E., Psychology, Sociology). Also took role of Head of Data & Assessment, Asst G&T Cooordinator, VLE supervisor.
  • 2017-2019: Assistant Principal - Banbury Academy/Wykham Park Academy/Space Studio Banbury. Assistant principal covering Maths, Computing & Engineering, oversaw whole-school data, overseeing roughly 1/4 of the schools' teaching staff and students.
  • 2019-Present: Lecturer of Computing - Open University. Working within the Institute of Code and on undergraduate courses.
  • 2012-Present: Consultant/Business Owner - ICT So Easy - Educational consultation and resource development.
  • 2015-Present: Lead Assessment Writer/Principal Examiner - AQA, AS Theory paper - writing, delivering and assessing national examination.

Research & Projects

  • 2019 - Identifying the Impact of Using Augmented and Virtual Reality in Educational Contexts. (work in progress)
  • 2019 - Analysis of Accreditation Approaches in the Computing Sector: Institute of Coding Work Package 1.1. (work in progress - with David S Bowers)
  • 2019 - TurtleIT - Simplified implementation of Python Turtle for completing maze challenges along with novel remote collaborative coding solution. Blog entry

Experiences

In the past

  • 2015 - Collaborated on AQA GCSE Computer Science textbook (Steve Cushing)
  • 2015 - Collaborated and contributed to AQA A-Level Computer Science textbook (Bob Reeves)
  • 2016 - Acknowledged as a CAS Master Teacher
  • 2016/17 - Twice contracted by Dubai College to deliver teacher Computer Science CPD in Dubai. A total of 10 days training was delivered over two years.
  • 2017 - Accepted as a volunteer at the National Museum of Computing
  • 2018 - Appointed developer on Discworld MUD
  • 2019 - Delivered a hack-a-thon for three primary schools in Kent. Developed TurtleIT for this purpose. Blog entry

Coming up

  • 2019 - Requested to deliver session on the future of VR in Education at #Exabytes10
  • 2019 - Presenting initial research findings as a poster at the International Conference of Learning, Belfast

On-going

  • 2019 - Journal Article Reviewer - CG Scholar

Hobbies & Interests

  • Adventurous driving trips - (Including London-Georgia and London-Marrakech)
  • Programming for fun - sad but true
  • Reading - currently working through an extended list of the world's best Sci-Fi as well as re-visiting the works of Tom Sharpe
  • Cycling - recently rode from Paris to London
  • Walking - Yorkshire Three Peaks is coming up to be followed by an extended three-day walk/wild-camp in the Lake District