I have worked in the area of ICT in education since 1987. Most of my school career was in secondary education in large London comprehensive schools. In my last school post I was a member of the school leadership team. I led the strategic development of ICT across the school, both as a subject area and as a tool for learning across the curriculum. This also included the management and review of school policy and the ICT school development plan.
I came to Bath Spa University College to lead the two year conversion ICT PGCE course for KS2/3 and to teach on the secondary ICT PGCE. While performing this role I was encouraged to develop my field of experience and after writing a handbook reviewing the KS3 ICT strategy (later part of the secondary strategy) I gained a Masters degree in Education, Technology and Society at Bristol University. This enabled me to gain a broader understanding of the issues surrounding the use of learning technologies. My dissertation addressed the quality of joint knowledge construction through the use of an asynchronous online discussion forum. This has also impacted on my teaching and I understood the need for Bath Spa Teachers to leave us with a clear understanding and philosophy relating to the potential of technologies in education and the importance of critical reflection on the evolution of both the subject specialism and the wider use of educational technology across the curriculum. My work in this area continued with the granting of a Teaching and Development Agency funding bid for work in the use of learning technologies in Special Education.
My other focus is that of policy and practice in Teacher Education. As Secondary programme leader, I was responsible, with my co-Programme Leader, for many developments in the Secondary programme, leading to an Outstanding Ofsted inspection in 2011. A central development was the use of our assessment framework, the Profile Characteristics which reflect what we see as the core values of a teaching professional. The Profile Characteristics are a unique feature of Initial Teacher Education at Bath Spa University. Another outstanding feature of my work is that of harmonisation with the Primary and Early Years department. Collaboration with expert practitioners from another phase has been an extremely valuable experience and has undoubtedly strengthened the whole programme.
As Head of Initial Teacher Education I value the opportunity to play a key part in the continual evolution of our partnership. School Direct is opening up new opportunities for schools and the university. I am working closely with both the Bath Education Trust and a number of School Direct partnerships to develop robust models of teacher education to provide the best quality teachers for the schools in our region comprised of the best elements of school and university provision combined into coherent individualised programmes.
- PGCE Institute of Education, London University
- Certificate in Educational Computing Kings College, London University
- MSc Bristol University
- BA(Hons) London School of Economics and Political Science.
- Member of ITTE (Information Technology in Initial Teacher Education).
Other external roles
- Major review of PGCE provision at Middlesex University
- Cornwall SCITT ICT Validation on behalf of The Open University
- Moderation and quality assurance activities for the King Edwards Consortium, Birmingham.
- Review of publication proposal for 'A Handbook for Information and Communications Technology teaching' for David Fulton publishers
- Review of 'Using Information Sources in the classroom - exploiting the Internet and other sources for effective teaching' for David Fulton publishers.
- ICT in Primary and Secondary Education
- The development of knowledge through the use of online discussions in Initial Teacher Training
Professional and policy studies.
- Chief External Examiner for the King Edward Consortium SCITT in Birmingham
- External examiner for the secondary Computer Science PGCE course at Middlesex University.
- Developing e- portfolios for PGCE trainees
- Developing a series of on-line resources relating to key aspects of pedagogy
- Working with Warmley Park Special School to develop understanding of the impact of learning technologies for their pupils.
Recent professional updating
- Education, Technology and Society Masters programme at Bristol University
- The evolution of Learning and Web Technologies (Bristol University)
- Developing Coaching Skills module. Bath Spa University
- Leadership skills, Bath Spa University
- Ed D Educational Policy and Practice, Bristol University.