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.
Sophie’s role as Education Coordinator at SWGfL focuses on Teaching & Learning, particularly in developing the South West Teacher Network, organising tech-focused CPD for teachers and helping schools in their transition to new technologies. Sophie coordinates the communications plan across the organisation, using her analytical skills to input into a data-driven strategy.
Sophie project managed the Barefoot Computing programme in the South West until September 2015. Within this role, Sophie recruited a network of over 80 volunteers from Computer Science industry and coordinated their delivery of workshops in local primary schools, with the aim to increase teacher confidence in delivering the Computer Science elements of the new Computing curriculum.
Sophie’s background is in analytics and statistics, she studied Mathematics at Cardiff University before working as a data analyst for 3 years using coding to manipulate large datasets and produce meaningful insights.
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.
Wendy has come to working with computers through a route of experience and the appropriate education, starting with Open University to become a systems engineer in the 1970's, then running her own computer training company for 10 years.
Wendy went to University as a mature student and gained a 1st class degree in Business Information Systems. This allowed her to use her time constructively while she wanted to be at home with her children. Wendy has since worked in analysis and design, specialising in usability engineering (human computer interaction) and finally managing worldwide projects delivering business process change and improvements for Hewlett-Packard.
Wendy is currently becoming a STEM Ambassador and runs Barefoot Computing workshops in primary schools teaching key stage 1 & 2 teachers 'computational thinking' and available resources for use in the classroom (brought into the national curriculum in academic year 2014).
Jon teachers computing and science at Crumpsall Lane Primary School in Manchester where he is the computing leader. He was one of the authors of the DfE funded Barefoot Computing resources, which have helped thousands of teachers across the country to deliver computer science in their schools.
Jon is a CAS Master Teacher and runs the computing blog www.primarycomputing.co.uk. He works as a computing consultant to a variety of organisations including The University of Manchester, where he champions engineering in primary schools, and the South West Grid for Learning.
With SWGfL Jon has developed learning resources to support primary teachers design and deliver creative programming projects.
Judith has over 25 years experience in Early Years both as a teacher and an adviser. Judith has worked as a nursery teacher, a reception teacher, a deputy headteacher and an Early Years Advisor for Cornwall Council. In this role Judith provided early years training for EYFS teachers and practitioners throughout Cornwall, covering all aspects of EYFS from 0-5 years and provided regular support for settings to improve outcomes for children. Judith has worked as a moderator for the EYFS Profile since its introduction.
More recently Judith works as an independent advisor for Early Years Education and is a licensed trainer for ‘Mindstretchers’ a dynamic company based In Scotland who feel that all children are entitled to learn in a multi sensory and naturally creative environment.
Judith lives in Cornwall with her husband and has two grown up children and a granddaughter.
Jane works for King’s College London as the project manager coordinating Computing At Schools activity for London teachers. She is qualified primary teacher, having ten years’ experience in education and twenty years’ experience in the IT industry. She worked on the Barefoot project, writing resources that demystified the new primary computing curriculum. She also writes for cs4fn, Primary Computing and Cambridge International.
Jane is undertaking a part-time PhD at Queen Mary University of London looking at Computational Thinking in Primary. Her aim is to provide CPD that shows computer science is fun, relevant and make it easy to learn and teach.
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