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. Simon was a presenter at Edmodocon 2017. The world's largest online education conference.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.


awesumCrochet

Awesum crochet designer presents hand-made fine crochet needle-work.

gibt es eine Anleitung für die Topflappenhandschuhe? Die Fotogalerie von dem Topflappen ist sehr schön, aber leider ohne Beschreibung.

Hallo foergb, ja, es gibt eine unveröffentlichte Anleitung, die ich selbst ausgearbeitet habe. Ich habe darüber nachgedacht, diese Anleitung für ein Publikum aufzubereiten und gegen eine kleine Gebühr als Download zu verkaufen. Wären Sie daran interessiert? Schöne Grüße, Stefan, awesumCrochet

October 19th 2015
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Men’s Winter Beanie

I crocheted this beanie from a pattern in the German crochet book named beBeanie men by Tanja Steinbach (2014). It’s the “Blue Lines” beanie, but in my case it apparently turned out to be “Green Lines” :-). The yarn I used isHarmony from African Expressions (virgin wool). I had to adjust the stitch count for my head size, which required all my brain performance to figure out.

Crocheting half post trebles all the time can be exhausting, but I got used to it, and the result is really rewarding.

October 2nd 2015

Peaked Cap

I’ve crocheted another cap of a similar style as the previous one in orange-red-natural. The pattern is based on one of Veronika Hug’s, a German crochet expert, and was published in German Anna Special crochet magazine in 2012. 

What I amended or added is the start, a rib pattern detail at the back, and a peak made of slip stitches for which I figured out the pattern myself.

More of my works can be found on awesum.biz.

September 18th 2015
<p>Another cap is born! This time I used the Knooking technique based on another video tutorial by Veronika Hug. The yarn is a cotton cord by Katia.</p>

Another cap is born! This time I used the Knooking technique based on another video tutorial by Veronika Hug. The yarn is a cotton cord by Katia.

August 28th 2015
<p>Spring in Cape Town - I’ve crocheted this cap-style beanie with a peak and been trying to trendset it in Cape Town 😄. The pattern is from Veronika Hug, a German knit and crochet expert and author of numerous  books, magazines, and videos. I’m planning to crochet another cap in different colours. Caps and beanies are such fun because they’re accesories that are quick to make and easy to combine with your outfit.</p>

Spring in Cape Town - I’ve crocheted this cap-style beanie with a peak and been trying to trendset it in Cape Town 😄. The pattern is from Veronika Hug, a German knit and crochet expert and author of numerous books, magazines, and videos. I’m planning to crochet another cap in different colours. Caps and beanies are such fun because they’re accesories that are quick to make and easy to combine with your outfit.

August 23rd 2015
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V-neck yoke added

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When I planned the jersey, I was thinking of the easiest and quickest solution on how to add a yoke to the V-neck. While I didn’t like too much the idea of crocheting the yoke separately with then needing to sew it into the neck hole, I still wanted to pick up the rib pattern from the hips and wrists in the yoke again.

However, following the vertical layout of the pattern would only have nicely worked with crocheting a spearate yoke to sew in. So I eventually decided to crochet the yoke into the neck hole directly, using the rib pattern horizontally while still following the colour design. Quick to do, and yet looking good and consistent.

I hope you’ll like it!


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May 21st 2015
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Sample Jersey

I’m currently working on the perfectly fitted jersey in order to reproduce more of the same kind, using different patterns and colours. I’ve finished the torso, and I’m quite happy with this interim result. The chest part feels slightly tight, but I may be able to improve that by ironing the work.

The next steps will be adding the V-neck yoke, then making the sleeves and joining them into the arm holes.

I’m using the lovely “Marisa” cotton crochet yarn by Lang Yarns and a 2.0 mm crochet hook.

If the jersey eventually works out well, I’m thinking of selling the pattern online.

May 17th 2015
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