About Me

I am a keen and enthusiastic teacher of Computer Science and ICT and as Curriculum Leader I am dedicated towards motivating and challenging pupils, allowing them to succeed independently. I am passionate about education and supporting students to achieve their full potential. I am committed educating and supporting others and developing my practice. I have received consistent observation grades of outstanding and have a proven track record of ensuring the majority of students are hitting or exceeding their targets. I consider myself to be a proactive middle leader and endeavour to motivate and lead by example.

My key strengths are:

  • Completed a master's degree in Education
  • Inspirational Teaching Award Winner 2018
  • Completed a 2:1 Degree in ICT Management for Business
  • Specialist in Information Communications Technology and Computer Science
  • Computing at School Master Teacher
  • Outstanding Record of Acheivment
  • Able to teach Computer Science at KS5 and beyond
  • Dedicated to the differentiation of the curriculum and provision for all
  • Qualified Professional Mentor and Lead internal verifier (Level 3)
  • I provide exceptional contributions to pupil support and development and pupil centred learning
  • I promote a range of extra curricula activities and promote the development of independent learning
  • I believe every student can achieve when given the right teacher

Education

University of Chichester

Masters in Education Sep 2012 - Oct 2014
BA (Hons) ICT Management for Business 2:1 Sep 2006 - Jun 2008
Professional Mentor Accreditation Jun 2013 - Jul 2013

University of Southampton

PGCE Secondary Education ICT Sep 2010 - Jun 2011 

British Computer Society

Teaching Computer Science Secondary - Completed Sep 2016 - Jun 2017

Chichester College

HNC Business Information Technology - Distinction Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
PTTLS City and Guilds NVQ - Level 3 Jun 2010 - Jul 2010 
NVQ Professional Cookery - Level 2 Sep 09 - Jul 2010 
Edexcel level 2 Numeracy May 2009 - May 2009
Edexcel Level 2 Literacy May 2009 - May 2009
OCN Level 2 Chocolatier Course Mar 2010 - Apr 2010
Advanced Certificate in Telematics Sep 02 - Sep 2002
OCR CLAiT Diploma for ICT Users Sep 2002 - Dec 2002
European Computer Driving Licence Jun 02 - Jul 2002
OCN in ICT Completed Sep 2002 - Dec 2002
City and Guilds 7261, ICT Use Sep 2002 - Dec 2002

White Rose Training Ltd

NVQ Advice and Guidance Level 4 June 10 - Oct 10

Futures Training

C+G level 2 Numeracy Jun 10 Jun 10
C+G Level 2 Literacy Jun 10 Jun 10
BCS ITQ Jun 10 Jul 10

Perth College

SQA Certificate in Website Design Sep 2001 Jun 2002
SQA Behavioural Science Sep 2001 Jun 2002

Northbrook College

AVCE Double Award in ICT AA,AA,BB,CC Sep 2000 Jun 2001
City and Guilds Visual Basic Programming Level 1 Sep 2001 Oct 2001
City and Guilds ICT Level 1 Sep 2001 Oct 2001

LSIS

Embedding Skills for Life CPD March 2010

Code Academy

Programming in Python 2016
Programming in Java 2016
Programming in HTML5 2016

Harvard

CS50 Undertaking 2019

Other

AQA Delivering the NEA A Level Computer Science November 2019
 

Work History

Teacher of ICT and Computing:

Curriculum Leader Computer Science and ICT Secondary Community College with sixth form provision September 2016 - Present

I  am  currently  working  as  Head  of  the Computer  Science and ICT  Department  for  a  successful  and  forward thinking  community  college. I  have  been  consistently  graded  as  outstanding  and  endeavour  to  maintain  this standard and help other colleges develop. I have developed a department that is delivering multiple awards at KS3,  4  and  5.  I  have  a  passion  to ensure  that  Computer  Science is  at  the  heart  of  the  curriculum  and  ensure that the courses delivered are best suited to the students. I work to ensure all students can achieve their full potential. My management style is one that allows others to develop and expand their abilities while providing outstanding  outcomes  for learners. I  have  experience  of  team  management  and  appraisals  as  well  as  leasing and directing external agencies in the best interest of the college.

Responsibilities during this employment:

Curriculum Leader Computer Science and ICT,(Current), Assistant Curriculum Leader ICT and Computing with responsibility for KS5 and Lead Internal Verifier Jan 2013 - Sep 2016
BCS Centre Manager Jan 2016 -  Dec 20116
Acting Assistant Curriculum Leader ICT and Acting internal verifier ICT Jan 2013 - Sep 2013

School Training:

Placement 1 - Cams Hill, Fareham

Oct 10 - Dec 10

Cams Hill provided me with a good grounding in teaching secondary education and the delivery of ICT at Key Stages 3 and 4. I was able to build on my teaching style and finished with a grade 2 (Good) end of placement review.

Placement 2 - Swanmore College of Technology, Swanmore

Jan 11 - June 11

Swanmore has allowed me to further develop my teaching styles and implement new innovations in the way I teach ICT. I have received outstanding formative feedback and am looking to complete the placement with a grade 1 very good review.

Capita Education

Supply ExperienceJan 11 - Dec 11

Quilley School of Engineering 11 - 16
Perbrook Park School Trust School and Language College 11-16

Futures Training / Learndirect

IT, Numeracy, Literacy Tutor Feb 2010 - Aug 2010

As a Learndirect tutor and key holder I was responsible for the learning needs of all students within the centre. I was responsible for registering all users onto the Learndirect platform and ensuring that Individual learning plans are completed for all students. I registered and invigilated National City and Guilds GOLA tests for Literacy and Numeracy as well as Edexcel and ECDL and ITQ BCS tests.

Fine Technologies

Web Design and SEO Manager April 2008 - Sep 2009

I designed and implemented web 2.0 designs and managed the SEO considerations of several sites including pay per click advertising campaigns and keyword analysis.This process includes the creation of detailed keyword maps and implementation of specific SEO techniques that conformed to Google standards. I was also responsible for the design and implementation of the website and client portfolio utilising, CSS, CSS-P, HTML, PHP and other fundamental web technologies e.g. Web 2.0 and Web 3.0.

FLtd

Applications Engineer / Manager  2004 - 2006

At Fltd I helped to design and manage an Intelligent Internet Management System that enabled ICT to be easily adopted by teachers. In addition I lead and project managed the team that  built the servers and desktop equipment as well as diagnosed faults. I also successfully maintained the support desk and central management console which enabled centralised, remote management of all Freedom 2 servers within a Local Education Authority.

Independent Contracts

Design Consultant December 2016

Consultancy and Design for J White; Head Teacher at Tanbridge House

Consultant Video Lecturer April 2017

Content delivery for the National Computer Science ITT SKE - VidLearn; in association with the University of Sussex.

 

 

 

Why I believe Education is important

Why I feel Education is important? Education is knowledge gain. Education gives us knowledge of the world around us. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life through new eyes. It helps us build opinions. There is debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say, education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. Information cannot be converted into knowledge without the catalyst of education. Education makes us capable of interpreting things in the right way. It is not just about lessons in textbooks. It is about the lessons of life. I have undertaken many educational routes and will continue my journey of Education.

 

Client Testimonials

  • Mr Connor has helped me with my computing work, and given me confidence with my schoolwork. He is a very fun teacher, and I always look forward to his lessons. He has inspired our whole class and encourages us all to try harder in the things we enjoy. He has helped me with my anxiety, and helps us all keep calm and enjoy our last few years at school. Cheers, Sir. You are a legend!

    Thank A Teacher Comment - 2015
  • Mr Connor has been a MASSIVE help to me in my computing and has shown me a better the way of working. he has supported me through my GCSE and helped me to gain an A*. I don't think I would have got such a good grade without his help. When I first started I was so confused by programming I thought I had made a massive mistake but I made it. He has been a big inspiration to me.

    Thank A Teacher Comment - 2015

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