With the benefit 35 years in the classroom and as 7 years as a freelance EdTech consultant I offer a range of support services with one purpose in mind. To support schools in obtaining the efficiency and excitement that they are due through the use of Educational Technology. I am equally content helping develop vision as I am rolling my sleeves up and supporting a difficult GDPR access response. Course design, resource development, MS 365 or Google Classroom training - the context doesn't matter.
Whether you are a large MAT or a small primary school, what is important to me is that you value and enjoy your use of EdTech. If your staff aren't benefitting from the professional efficiencies offered and pupils are not excited by learning with technology, I am sure that I can help.
If you do explore my site, you won't find polished pre-packaged support options. Schools, teachers and consortia have different starting points and different needs. I have listed some themes below that point towards ways that I might support you, and some of these are further explored in the site. But, if anything resonates with your current needs then please do get in touch.
Top of the list for me! Nothing we do matters if it doesn't result in engaging learning experiences delivered by enthusiastic teachers. I work with schools and providers of enrichment activities in course and resource development. An interesting and growing trend is a renewed commitment we see in providers of classroom technology and services to build pedagogy around their products. I am perfectly happy to hear from schools, MATs and providers alike.
If you want to find out more about my work in this area visit the publications and resources pages on this site, or take a trip to LinkedIn to read my popular OUTSTANDING ICT e-zine.
I first became excited about the use of computers in education in 1985, and I've not stopped thinking, writing, talking about and acting on that enthusiasm ever since. With the benefit of engagement with National projects and initiatives; 35 years in the classroom; contributions to new build projects and networking with some very smart contributors to the debate over this time; and latterly as Board member and then Chair of Naace, I have a strong and pragmatic sense of vision and direction for the place of EdTech in schools.
I am happy to share and apply these observations, thoughts and experiences in any context that helps you. As a school or a MAT picking your way through expectations and budget constraints, I would love to help you with your vision and planning. I'm just as comfortable talking and debating to groups face-to-face or online as I am working closely with Senior Management towards planning the school's future.
If you would like to learn about my most recent theme for thought, you might like to subscribe to my CURRICULUM REMEDIATION videos on YouTube.
Not every school's favourite topic I know, but the truth is that the fairly laissez-faire approach to the use of data in education that preceded the introduction of GDPR allowed schools to develop some fairly unhealthy habits. Many of which impact teachers workload as well as compromising the safety of school subjects. I approach GDPR as a stimulus to declutter and as an aid to efficiency and perceive Education to be perhaps the last sector to benefit from what technology has to offer in this way. We have some catching up to do!
Having spent much of the COVID epidemic as the Data Protection Officer for a leading MAT, overseeing data protection in round 40 schools, I've probably undertaken as many data breach investigations, responded to as many SARs and FOIs, scrutinised as many data sharing arrangements as anyone else working in education. I am happy to support schools and providers of DPO services in the work and development of their Data Protection functions
In the meantime, having seen how schools can be overwhelmed by Subject Access Requests for documentation and CCTV recordings, I offer an ad-hoc redaction service for both documents and CCTV recordings at a cost that is affordable to schools that you may want to take advantage of. Find out more about pricing on the GDPR Services page here.
After 35 years on the job, the place I feel most comfortable is still in the classroom helping folk get to grips with using technology. Since leaving schools training staff in schools has become my "bread and butter" and I have been regularly used to introduce MS 0365 and Google Classroom to teaching staff by a number of well-known providers across the UK as well as delivering training to my own clients. I am always pleased to receive enquiries about training and am happy to travel anywhere in the UK to provide it.
However much I enjoy being in a classroom with staff, the big lesson from COVID for trainers is the negation of the need to travel across the country to provide training. Like most I am pleased to also provide online training to groups at a price that reflects this more convenient mode of providing it.
Training packages are bespoke and tailored to your needs. Please feel free to contact me for a quote.
You might also like to know that I also maintain a YouTube Shorts channel with a growing list of quick tips for teachers. This is a new and free service. Please feel free to circulate the playlist to your staff and don't forget to ask them to subscribe for a free weekly tip. You can find the playlist here
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