My work in D&T, with David Barlex, is detailed on our joint website.
I provide CPD (as well as support for ITE courses) for teachers in various aspects of D&T and Computing with a particular focus on curriculum planning and integrating electronics, programmable systems and robotics into the KS3 and KS4 curriculum.
I offer tutoring services in Maths, Science, Computing, Electronics and D&T.
I run a small-scale design and make service focussed on digital and programmable circuits and 3D design and printing. Allied to this I run workshops teaching both electronic design & make and how to do 3D printing.
Paul Gardener and I edit the free ECT Education eJournal for teachers working with electronics, communications and microcontroller technologies.
Further information about my activities and history are detailed below; please get in contact if you would like further information.
I am a freelance consultant in education, specialising in CPD, Initial Teacher Education, curriculum development and trialling, project management, evaluation and research in Design & Technology, Information Technologies (IT), Science, Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering and, within D&T, programmable systems, systems thinking, electronics and communications technologies, the uses of ICTs to support learning, novel technologies and the implications of the maker and hacker movements for education.
My research interests include the interactions between D&T, Computing, Science, Engineering and Mathematics, IT use in schools, and, within D&T, systems thinking, control technologies, the Internet of Things and the uses of digital technologies to support learning and designing and making.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Consultant Member of the D&T Association, a member of the editorial board for the D&T Association’s Design and Technology Education: An International Journal and an owner and editor of the online journal ECT Education. I am also a part-time visiting lecturer on the D&T, Computing and Physics ITE programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I have helped organise the the Manchester Maker Faire, and Manchester MakeFest, held annually at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, since 2012 and am involved in the maker movement both in the Greater Manchester area and, increasingly, nationally.
After gaining a degree in Physics and Computer Science at the University of Manchester, I engaged in detached youth work for some years before entering teaching. As a teacher I taught D&T, Control Technology, Science, Computing and IT before moving to the University of Manchester, to work with the Technology Enhancement Programme. Since then I have worked with the Nuffield D&T Project and the Electronics in Schools Strategy, led the PGCE (teacher training) course in D&T at the University of Manchester and contributed to Masters programmes in educational ICT.
Until recently I ran a Local Authority Science and Technology Centre specialising in digital designing and making where, among other things, a successful programme of activities introduced pupils from 5-18, and their teachers, to the challenges and excitements of technical and scientific subjects, through the use of advanced technologies.