Challenges of Teaching GCSE Computer Science

Since I joined Exa in October 2015, I believe I’ve supported as many teachers as in the previous 5 years with the development of GCSE Computer Science. Through my work with exa.foundation I’ve been able to visit teachers in their schools as well as leading CPD events in regions around the country. One of the…

#31WaysInMay

I know from my own experiences that it’s challenging to build a compelling case to be released from school to attend any event taking place on a school day, whether that’s an important meeting, vital in-service training or an inspiring conference. ‘Rarely Cover’ policy and diminishing staff development budgets make it even more difficult for…

How much should a conference cost?

“So, what’s the best resource you have available?” – It’s a question I’ve asked teachers on more than one occasion. Yes, it’s a trick question that I throw out occasionally to catch out those who might reply “iPads. Raspberry Pi computers. Google. The Internet.” and so on. While these are all extremely useful tools, the…

This week… 19Feb16

Originally inspired by Doug Belshaw’s ‘Week Note‘, I’ve decided to stick with this new format for now. Thanks for comments/likes last week. I think I’ll probably migrate this to a mailed out weekly newsletter in time. Don’t forget you can follow this blog by clicking on the ‘follow’ button that appears in the bottom right…

CPD Events Calendar

“You don’t need glossy textbooks, iPads or a class set of Raspberry Pi computers to be an effective teacher. The best resource you have available is you. Invest as much as you can in your own development and your pupils will reap the rewards.” Alan O’Donohoe Attending a high quality professional development course has the…

Tech Fest Dubai, Teaching With Raspberry Pi

This week I’ve been teaching/training in Dubai as a guest of Dubai English Speaking College. While I was there I led a series of Raspberry Pi workshops for teachers, children & families to discover the potential of the Raspberry Pi On the first day I led a day long workshop for 20 computing teachers from…

From ‘Blonde’ to ‘Geeky & Proud’

Since Michael Gove’s announcements regarding the curriculum changes for ICT & Computing in the UK, each week I receive email and telephone enquiries from schools wishing to convert from ICT to Computing in their curriculum. The first response to support other teachers was to introduce a range of training courses which have been hugely popular,…

Teach Computing 18.06.2012

It was great to return to school again on Monday after a few days out at conferences. In the previous week, I was invited to speak at the Westminster Briefing in Manchester on Thursday 14th June. This event was an invited panel giving their opinions on the direction of the ICT curriculum with an audience…

BCS Preston Branch Meeting

Last night, Tuesday 17th April I attended the inaugural meeting of Preston and district branch of the BCS. The meeting took place at 53 Degrees, the Students Union venue at Uclan. The meeting had been arranged by BCS member Adrian Thompson, an enthusiastic member of the BCS, keen to establish a Preston BCS committee and…

Teach Computing CPD

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein On Friday 30th March we had 9 teachers visit our school from schools across the country with one common goal: to find out how to introduce computing into their curriculum. They had all signed up for our popular…