For over a decade Simon has been working with children and young people in various roles and in various educational contexts. For a number of years Simon has worked with children who have multiple statemented special educational needs and has been head of department at a very interesting time for his subject specialisation of Computing.
Simon is an Edmodo Certified Trainer and is the first to attain this status in the United Kingdom. He is already an Edmodo Ambassador, Luminary part of the Teacher Leader Network . All are awarded on merit after being invited to take part. There are around 250 ECTs and 520 Ambassadors globally out of 77 million teacher and student users. In the invite only Ambassador cohort 2,000 teachers applied and 153 were successful. To maintain his Luminary status Simon shares his resources on a global platform called Spotlight. Simon is also very honoured to have been invited to speak at Edmodocon 2017 in San Mateo, California, USA. This is the world's largest online education conference. No pressure there then! You can check out Simon's latest guest blog for Edmodo here.
Simon is also a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. They are graduates of continued professional development programme for teachers called Picademy. After two days training, attendees of the course are equipped with skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to have a positive impact on their community with the Raspberry Pi, perhaps by attending Raspberry Jams, running workshops or speaking at CAS hubs. They take an active role in the Raspberry Pi Education Forum & Google + community to help inspire others. They also create, test and share classroom experiences, lesson plans or entire schemes of work with each other and the wider community.
Simon is a Code Club volunteer where he provides enjoyable after school clubs for primary age children for them to creatively engage with coding. This is supported by; Nesta, The Cabinet Office, Google, Mozilla and The Nominet Trust, and is in partnership with ARM, Samsung UK, The Canary Wharf Group and Talk Talk. His previous code club has been awarded the accolade of Code Club Star Club and has recently been the volunteer at his local library running a public code club. The Raspberry Pi Foundation and Code Club recently announced a merger to continue their not for profit mission to bring computing to as many users as possible. As they share the same patron, HRH The Duke of York, it is a very good pairing.
For the grown ups! Simon provides certified Computing CPD sessions for Primary Teachers on a volunteer basis. There are three modules; The Internet and The Web, Computational Thinking and Programming . This is via Code Club Teacher Training who are supported by Nesta, The Cabinet Office, Google, Mozilla and The Nominet Trust, and is in partnership with ARM, Samsung UK, The Canary Wharf Group and Talk Talk.
Simon is also a STEM Ambassador and is part of the 30,000 strong volunteers who are passionate about their careers, their companies or STEM background. The Ambassador programme enables business, organisations and individuals wanting to support young people in STEM to target their efforts and resources in a way that will deliver the best results for them and young people.
Simon is also a Founding Member and Lead Advocate of The Chartered College of Teaching. An autonomous member-driven organisation, established to promote the learning, improvement and recognition of the art, science and practice of teaching for the public benefit. The Chartered College works in partnership with associations, unions and learned societies to build on the best of teaching and emerging research evidence. Covering all phases of education and subject specialisms, the Chartered College connects a diverse community of teachers to share ideas and knowledge and provide an independent, authoritative voice for the teaching profession. Membership is voluntary and offers a pathway of professional development to support teachers at every stage of their career. This is achieved via the Chartered College’s knowledge platform, providing access to the latest research, case studies, articles and good practice.
So if you need certified CPD either for your whole school or to enhance your current provision please feel free to call Simon on 0800 0833 794 or by using the contact page.