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 Computer Science.
Simon is an Edmodo Certified Trainer, Ambassador and Luminary. He was the first UK based teacher to attain all three of these. Simon has also presented at Edmodocon 2017. This is the world's largest online education conference. There are around 250 ECTs and 520 Ambassadors globally out of 110 million teacher and student users. In the invite only Ambassador cohort 2,000 teachers applied and 153 were successful. To maintain his status Simon shares his resources on a global platform called Spotlight. You can check out Simon's latest guest blog for Edmodo here.
Simon is also a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. These 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 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 children aged 9 to 13 allowing 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 was awarded the accolade of being a Code Club Star Club. Since 2015, Simon has been running a public code club at his local library.
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.