New CAS SW Master Teachers:
- Michelle Cowley, Haydon Wick Primary School, Swindon, Wiltshire
- Nick Bury, Minehead Middle School, Minehead, Somerset
- Leah Smith, Moredon Primary School, Swindon, Wiltshire
- Richard Jarvis, St John's Marlborough, Wiltshire
Find out more from some of our Master Teachers below!
I started out as a primary class teacher for 5 years, and, from the beginning, I was always part of making sure children had access to computers and were allowed the chance to develop their basic skills, encouraging children and teachers to use the wonderful resources computers and technology can provide. I created new policies and drew up a whole new improvement plan for a school with very few and very dated computers, who now have a whole suite and laptops too. Whilst working in an international school in Vietnam, I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to move into teaching computing to Years 1-6. Since then, I have worked in various schools in London and abroad, teaching computing to children from the age of 3-13, as well as teaching other teachers about how they can develop the use of technology in their classrooms. I am currently Computing Lead at a Middle School in Somerset.
The training, materials and advice I provide is based on a passionately held belief in planning for the development of computational thinking alongside creativity when implementing a computing curriculum. As an education advisor in Somerset I work in a team to support primary and special schools. My pedagogy initially developed as a class teacher, establishing strategies to provide access to technology for large class sizes, and ensuring its use made a difference to the learning taking place. More recently, as an outcome of my Master's Degree in 2013, I developed a model of computational thinking that is used within the Barefoot resources. I worked with teachers and colleagues to develop the Wessex planning that has been used nationally and internationally. This has now been updated and extended within a new format as "New Wessex planning" to make it customisable for a school's own context.
Head of Computer Science at Exeter Junior School and was previously Head of Computing at the West Somerset Academies Trust. She led teams to the national finals of the Kodu Kup each year it ran between 2013 and 2015, held at Microsoft Head Quarters, Reading. In 2014, the team won the Primary category and in 2015, they won the Judges' Choice and she led three of the visual programming language, Kodu and she has a website with her resources and help videos at Koduclassroom.co.uk. Siobhan has written articles for the TES's Google hub and Lego hub related to engagement using technology and coding. She is also a "subject genius" the TES where she regularly contributes to their blog.