Meet the Education Team

Julia Adamson

Julia Adamson

Education Manager

About Julia...

Julia is the Senior Manager responsible for Communications and Staffing. She chairs the Trust’s Innovation Panel and is vice-chair of the NEN Teaching & Learning Group. She has extensive education experience, previously as a teacher and subject leader and then as an Education Consultant for ICT. These roles not only include supporting practitioners to develop confidence when using new technologies in the classroom, but also crafting innovative, engaging curriculum to inspire and motivate learners.

Her work at South West Grid for Learning initially focussed on online learning resources including parental engagement and has developed from a clear understanding of school need. This work includes the development of innovative CPD approaches for staff, creation whole school improvement strategies.

Julia’s breadth of experience and engaging presentation style has seen her work with a wide range of educators and agencies including schools, universities, police, local authorities and partner organisations.

Her work with South West Grid for Learning has led to marked improvements in the range and quality of services including enhancements to optional services such as Filtering and Merlin as well as improvements to change and support. She’s a devoted mum of 3, school governor, keen cook and avid gardener.

Martain Coath

Martin Coath

Scratch CPD Trainer

About Martin...

Martin started coding at school (in 1976!) and has maintained an active interest in computing as a hobby, as well as a profession and an area of research, ever since. In particular he has been arguing for Computing Science to be alongside, and equal to, IT skills in the school curriculum at all levels; a view that has emerged during the last 20 years of working in HE, FE, adult education and doing numerous STEM ambassador and other types of visits to primary and secondary schools.

Martin has a masters degree in Artificial Intelligence and a doctorate in Computational Neuroscience. He is an award winning STEM ambassador, adviser on educational projects and a freelance facilitator and speaker. He was co-developer of the famous "Computing for the Terrified" day schools for Kellogg College Oxford which ran for more than a decade, has twice won "I'm a Scientist - Get Me Out of Here!" and has developed a wide range of arts/science crossover projects.

"I have seen Martin do many presentations on a range of technical subjects. He is erudite, accessible, enthusiastic, and has an nice sense of his audience. Quite the best face-to-face teacher I have encountered." Robert Lockhart - Director of Studies in Computing and Mathematics, Kellog College, Oxford University.

"Martin is an insightful researcher, great team member and efficient coach. He has a unique skill of explaining the most difficult ideas while speaking publicly. He has a talent of engaging an audience in seamless way. His skills to collaborate, and genuine interest in science on every level, are indispensable and rare. Martin is the best science presenter I know and an excellent researcher." Alicja Knast - CEO Core Exhibition, Museum of the History of Polish Jews.