I am a reliable computer scientist, teacher, and sound engineer and a resourceful diy of-all-trades in my spare time. I have combined sound knowledge of electrical/audio and computer theory with a full range of teaching, leadership and instructing practice including within high risk environments. (See below for a full record of my employment.)
With a deep passion for learning (see below for a full qualification list), it is no surprise that I have found great enjoyment in teaching. I have over 13 years experience at ages 6 to 60+ including outdoor instruction and traditional classroom teaching.
Experienced in working in teams and managing both people and projects to ensure that objectives are met to the highest standard. I have demonstrated excellent communication skills within both business and education/teaching sectors.
From an early age I have had keen interest in the outdoors. I enjoy spending time in our wild garden, walking in the countryside and exploring our national parks and fabulous coastline. With my wife I currently enjoy going to the gym, Kitesurfing and Cycling. I also harbour a mild obsession with the weather and an interest in STEM projects, such as building and programming robots/control type systems.
Head Of Computing (2014-2016) @ Bristol Free School, Bristol.
KS5 Lead for Computing and ICT (2012 – 2014) @ John Of Gaunt School, Trowbridge.
Returning to my own secondary school was a big decision but the opportunity to relaunch a department at a time when all the previous staff had left was too exciting to turn down. No longer forced to teach the national strategy and an all new focus on computing meant there was lots of scope to develop exciting schemes of learning.
The structure of the curriculum means that we have a number of computing classes from Yr8 through to Yr13. The students are incredibly enthusiastic and we are exploring topics such as Python, Kodu, Raspberry Pi, Android Phone Development and Java Games development.
Since joining the school I have been trained in TEEP and now use this in all my lessons to ensure that they are exciting and that all students can engage and make progress during my lessons. I have also supported an NQT member of staff to successfully complete their first year.’
Web Design and Application Development (2009-2012) @ Self‐Employed.
Involved in Website Design and Development since leaving University in 2003 and completing paid work since 2006. Experience based around LAMP systems where in addition to many website designs; a full featured CMS has been produced ground up using best practice such as OOP and MVC; WordPress and Joomla Extensions written; and custom web applications using the Codeigniter and CakePhp frameworks developed. Clients have also been advised on SEO, Adword and Social Media development with work being undertaken on their behalf. Notable projects are documented in the Blog under Website Design and SEO.
Outdoor Events Instructor (2007 – 2012) @ Box Hedge Farm Events, Bristol.
Through contacts made at the centre I freelanced periodically for a local firm who run off-road driving sessions in a variety of vehicles including 600cc 2WD Rage buggies and 125cc automatic quad bikes. They also offer high ropes courses which lend to my climbing experience
ICT Coordinator for Key Stages 4 and 5 (2005 – 2012) @ Cotham School, Bristol.
In 2005 I joined Cotham School as I was eager to teach Post-16. I was quickly promoted to ICT Coordinator for Key Stages 4 and 5. During my time there I was responsible for the introduction of several courses at Key Stage 4 and 5 including: A Level Computing & ICT, WJEC Short GCSE and BTEC IT Level 2 & 3. This experience means I am highly experienced at writing schemes of learning and creating coursework guidance suitable for students of all abilities. Lessons are planned with clear learning objectives and teaching outcomes. I ensure they are flexible enough to meet the needs all students.
The BTEC courses I implemented were very successful and every year students exceed their targets. Management of these courses was enhanced by the development of an online BTEC management system with access for staff, students and parents. The system enabled: coursework progress to be tracked against targets and deadlines; instant feedback on student/group performance; and AFL opportunities for students by linking tasks to marking criteria via a traffic light system. It was successfully implemented across the school and staff training and support was provided.
A Level Computing is a particularly challenging course for students. Initially I used Visual Basic but switched to Python for its platform independence last year. For the projects students produce Web-Based LAMP Applications aided by the CodeIgniter framework which sped up the development process.
As Key Stage 4/5 Coordinator I represented the ICT department at forum meetings; and experienced the setting and managing of deadlines leading to the moderation and submission of coursework to exam boards. I wrote performance reviews for year groups and exams comparing results against targets and evaluating the performance of the department. These evaluations meant we were able to successfully introduce the same entry profile requirements for A Level Computing as Maths, which led to significant positive VA for the course.
In September 2010 dropped to a 0.5 part‐time contract for two years so I could develop my skills as a website designer and software programmer.
NQT Teacher of ICT (2004 – 2005) @ Broadlands School, Keynsham.
Broadlands had a very different intake to what I had been use to at my training school. The students tended to come from less privileged backgrounds with lower academic ability. During my NQT year I was able to consolidate on my training by extending existing skills and developing new strategies to deal with those challenges.
As the designated school for BANES I worked with a number of VI and low ability pupils which developed my experience of a wider teaching spectrum. As an Yr7 tutor I gained a good insight into the transition from Yr6 to Yr7. As a tutor I was responsible for delivering the schools PSHE scheme of work which has allowed me to develop different my style of teaching in the context of another subject. During the year I extended my experience at KS4 by teaching Clait, Clait Plus and ASDAN and was able to develop lessons that prepared the pupils for their exams. With ASDAN I was given total control and produced four coursework pieces including a magazine cover.
I also contributed to the whole school by rebuilding their website and developing database driven online news, jobs and calendar systems. Additionally I placed a large number of the ICT schemes of work online so they are accessible from outside of school by the pupils. With all schemes of work I have included assessment guidelines and lesson objectives so that the pupils are able to monitor their own progress. These schemes of work were developed alongside the KS3 national strategy.
GTP Teacher of ICT (2003 – 2004) @ Deer Park School, Cirencester.
My teaching career began at Deer Park School on a combined GTP/PGCE programme. I was accepted onto the GTP program because of my previous experience as a climbing instructor. From day one I had sole responsibility for a number of key stage three classes and one key stage four GCSE group.
CDPS teachers offered one on one student academic mentoring and I learnt about targeting individuals, assisting them to focus on aspects of their education and how they could improve their performance.
At CDPS I ran a successful Visual Basic club with 10 to 20 pupils attending. Students worked on their own projects whilst learning basic programming theory. As a qualified climbing instructor and trained mountain leader, I organised trips including a rock-climbing course for a challenging group and Yr10 residential trips to the Brecon Beacons. While I was working at CDPS I also completed my PGCE with the University of Gloucestershire.
Rock Climbing Instructor (1999 – 2011) @ The Bristol Climbing Centre, Bristol.
As a qualified SPA (ML/WGL trained) Climbing Instructor I worked at UCR in a number of roles including Duty Manager, Casual Staff, Route Setter & Instructor between 1999 and 2003 before working on casual freelance basis until 2011. During my time I increasingly focused on the higher risk courses and sessions requiring greater technical skill. The climbing centre ran a full range of course for anyone aged 6 upwards from indoor climbing sessions to outdoor rock experience weekends.
Professional Sound Engineer (1992 ‐ 1999) @ Audio Forum, Bristol.
Started with Audio Forum as a Live Sound Engineer and progressed through to the position of Area Sales Director. Sales responsibility involved the national launch of a new project at the annual trade show followed by sales to nightclubs within the UK. The sales process included: demonstrations, technical specification and quoting; and installation.
The management of a sound system could involve working with anything up to 80 Kilowatt sound systems powered by as many as 30 amplifiers providing any number of different live mixes. Managing such a powerful and expensive system took a great deal of focus and during live events the potential for problems such as blown amplifiers or cable failures was never far away. The pressure and focus required by live events, particularly when providing the onstage sound for artists, was most enjoyable.
Hedgelaying The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association (2014)
My Wife and I initially completed this course so we could start to tame the huge hedge in our garden which had never been laid but that threatened to block the sun forever from our garden. I enjoyed myself so much it it instigated a new ambition in my life.
RYA Level 2 PowerBoat Chew Valley Sailing Club (2013)
The RYA Powewrboat Level 2 course is a two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat. I completed this course so I could volunteer as a Rescue Boat Driver at CVLSC.
Introduction to the Environment Open University (2008-2009)
This course was a short introduction to the Environment where I learnt about different habitats, farming methods and I gained an insight into the challenges facing wildlife in these modern times.
ICT PGCE University Of Gloucestershire (2003 ‐ 2004)
Based at Cirencester Deer Park School the PGCE was undertaken alongside the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) which fast tracks graduates into the classroom. PGCE Subject Project looked at an Electronic Markbook written using MS Access and significant VBA.
SPA Climbing Instructor Bristol Climbing Centre (2000)
The SPA award allowed me to supervise safe climbing and abseiling sessions on single pitch crags. I was also able to teach lead climbing indoors and guide clients outside on single pitch crags.
Qualified First Aid Various (2000)
I first completed my first aid qualification in 2000 when working towards my SPA qualification and repeated it every three years until 2012. It is currently expired.
BSc Computer Science (2:1) University Of Bristol (1999 ‐ 2003)
Focusing on Software Development and Multi Media over three years. In addition to Software Development and Programming, where the main languages of choice were C and Java, units of applied study included: Multimedia, Computer Vision, Sound Processing and Cryptography.
A Levels City Of Bristol College (1998 ‐ 1999)
I completed my three A Levels in one year fast track courses after a considerable break from education. Given the short time scale I am proud to have achieved: A for Business Studies; C for Maths and a C for Physics.
LGV Class 1 Driver Keynsham (1996)
I passed my car test in August 1991 and drove up to 7.5T whilst working as a Sound Engineer. Passing my LGV Class one in 1996 allows me to drive up to 45T on UK Roads.