Training / Education

This list is both formal and informal.  It does demonstrate a commitment to CPD.


Open University 2005 – 2012

December 2012: Certificate in Contemporary Science (c70) – Level 4.

July 2010: Certificate in Supporting learning in Primary schools (c60) – Level 4.

OpenLearn – Profile

11th September 2018 – Teaching Assistants: Support In Action (NB : this is an extract from E111).

18th August 2018 – Heath & Safety in the laboratory and  field

16th August 2018 – Facilitating group discussions

14th August 2018 – Encouraging Book talk in the school library.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

    • clarify ideas on literacy criticism
    • explore with pupils what makes a good book
    • produce a range of writing frames to encourage pupils to write book reviews
    • encourage pupils to follow some of the award schemes for children’s books and perhaps start a new one.


2018 : Future Learn Courses

Teaching Programming in Primary Schools : Raspberry Pi Foundation / Future Learn



  • Introduction to programming, explore algorithms, and apply understanding in a range of hands-on, cross-curricular Scratch projects.
  • Explore repetition, and learn how to make use of repetition in your Scratch programs. Create your own art, music, making and animation using repeating patterns.
  • Discover variables through real-world examples and learn how to create variables by making a voting app, an interactive story and a ghost-catching game.
  • Explore the concept of selection by creating a ‘capital cities’ quiz and a program that classifies animals based on answers to yes/no questions.
  • Reflect on all of the key programming concepts to create your own final challenge project.

Digital Skills : User Experience (Completed)

Digital Skills: Grow Your Career


Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python

  • Create simple systems that respond to and control the physical world using the Raspberry Pi and Python.
  • This course explored how to create simple systems that respond to and control the physical world using the Raspberry Pi and Python.

Digital Certificate

Prepare to Run a Code Club

  • Step-by-step guidance to get your Code Club started.
  • Create an action plan to set up a Code Club.
  • Design and delivering your first session with young people.
  • Ideas and tips on how to motivate your learners and celebrate their achievements.

Digital Certificate

2017 – Present – Codecademy

  • 2018 – Ruby
  • October 2017 : CSS
  • October 2017 : HTML
  • October 2017 : Learn the Command Line
  • September 2017 : Git
  • August 2017 / : SQL

2016 Display Screen Equipment Torbay Council.

2017 Hour of Code –

2014 Hour of code,

2012 Scratch Programming

February 2000 IBT2 Dartington Tech.

February 1999 CLAIT South Devon College.


24th February 2018:  Introduction to Child Protection (Torbay Council – i-learn system and class on 24th Feb)

  • Identify the four specific types of abuse and signs and symptoms of possible abuse
  • Take the appropriate actions where possible abuse is suspected
  • Be an effective advocate for the child or young person


21st Feb 2018 Introduction to Health and Safety – Virtual College.

16th February 2018:  Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness.

Training Objectives:

  • To recognise vulnerabilities in young people
  • To spot common risk indicators of child sexual exploitation in young people
  • To understand the process of grooming
  • To consider the different models of CSE
  • To know what information to record
  • To know where to report any concerns

15th February 2018 : Induction to Safeguarding Children and Adults (Torbay Council – i-learn system)

  • Safeguarding is everyones responsibility
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
  • Prevent

13th November 2017: Managing Conflict – Youth Genesis

5th September 2017: Behaviour Management – Growth Mindset

4th September 2017: CAP Child Protection / Safeguarding.

23rd Jan 2017: Workshop on Raising Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) (Torbay Council – i-learn system)

4th September 2016: Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering – online.

2nd / 3rd September: Safeguarding, Prevent, Health and Safety – Priory School

20th July 2016: First Aid at Work (online) – Torbay Council

19th July 2016: Equality and Diversity – Torbay Council

20th July 2014: Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

27th October 2011: Essential First Aid (all ages) St John Ambulance (3 hours).

23rd May 2011: Safer Working Practices v2 – Virtual College.

21st March 2011: Health and safety in the workplace – Virtual College.

4th October 2010: Introduction to Child Protection (Torbay Council).


3rd April 2012 Risk Benefit Analysis – Play Torbay.

2nd April 2012 Rain doesn’t need to be a pain – Play Torbay.

12th March 2012 Do you really know what play and playwork is ? – Play Torbay.

10th June 2009 Active Club Training – workshop.

28th April 2009 Promoting Positive behaviour – workshop.

Coventry Technical College

1994: First Diploma Electronic engineering.

1993: Certificate of achievement in science.

Finham Park Comprehensive

1986 – 1992: Finham Park Comprehensive, Coventry.

1992: Certificate in Pre-vocational Education

1991: GCSEs.


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