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The Stourport High School and Sixth Form Centre

Minster Road, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 8AX

is a Lead School in the Network of Excellence

quote We have introduced the teaching of GCSE and A Level Computing this academic year (2012-13). I joined the school in 2011 after having been Head of Computing at Worcester College of Technology for 11 years. Whilst at WCT, I managed the HND in Computing programme and achieved Cisco Academy instructor status. I also ran an apprenticeship program for IT Professionals and worked with many employers. I also managed the West Midlands IT Professional Cluster group funded by the Skills Funding Agency. I was delighted to employ my skills and expertise within this outstanding school. We were inspected recently during September 2012 and achieved an outstanding grade throughout the school. We are also a Teaching School and already have hosted teaching experience sessions for two trainee teachers who will be joining us on their TP this year. During the past year, I have also worked with the awarding body OCR in the development of the Cambridge Nationals in IT having assisted in writing the three technical strand units and in producing assessment material. I also spoke at several conferences and training events including BETT and the SSAT conference. I am very keen to share the good work that we have started here at SHS and to act as a Computing "evangelist". My boundless enthusiasm is often commented upon! I have also strived to encourage more girls to study Computing and this finally appears to be working as a I have a healthy gender balance in my Year 9 GCSE Computing group. The school Senior Leadership have always encouraged me to develop Computing at SHS, indeed, it was a key reason for my appointment. They have released me to speak at conferences and to engage in development work within the field of Computing. As a Teaching School, our remit is to prepare trainee teachers for their first teaching post and we are fortunate to have such an experienced and motivated team. We are well resourced but I still enjoy the challenge of teaching exciting Computing within a budget. I am an active member of our local CAS hub (Three Counties, contact: John Palmer, The Chase School, Malvern). We hosted the last hub meeting at SHS and I have presented to the group about the technical units of the Cambridge Nationals and at a staff development day in the summer term. There are 4 full time members of the IT/Computing teaching team all of whom undertook training in the summer term organised by our local CAS group at the University of Worcester. Computing has been firmly embedded at KS3 as well as being presented as an option subject at KS4 and 5. This is a very exciting time to be teaching Computing and we would be delighted to play our part in sharing good practice with other schools. quote

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