I have completed a Post-Graduate research project on E-Learning and have a keen interest in this field. I have introduced and used social networks such as Ning as an E-Learning tool for many of my students across the different key stages. I have also set up blogs for both my ICT and Business Studies pupils to encourage collaborative learning. I have also been involved in establishing Moodle as a VLE for the secondary school to help cater for the growing demands of whole school E-learning in the climate of possible closures due to the H1N1 virus. I have a thorough understanding of the use of VLEs and E-Learning tools and am confidently able to introduce them to any working environment, applying their use effectively.
I have the ability to lead colleagues and students whilst maintaining a healthy and professional relationship with them. In my role as Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator and member of the Senior Management Team, I have been responsible for 20 members of staff and over a 100 students. I have managed the form tutors and heads of department, ensuring that policies are implemented effectively whilst dealing with pastoral issues within KS3. I have also taken an active role in introducing new policies and giving direction to the school’s procedures in implementing them. I have also acted as Deputy Head in the absence of the Head of Secondary.
I have the ability to communicate and interact well with colleagues and students. Having developed very good questioning skills, I am able to direct students to arrive at the desired conclusions and responses. I have also communicated with parents and carers of the pupils on many occasions and approach them with sensitivity and concern. In my capacity as Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, I have conducted regular meetings with staff discussing both day-to-day as well as long term concerns. I have been involved in following up matters to ensure that the desired outcomes have been achieved.
I have organised and managed lessons and have been involved in planning for short and long-term teaching. Where appropriate, I have gathered relevant resources to enhance the pupils’ learning and create more interest. As Head of Department, I have written and implemented staff and departmental development plans. As Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator and acting deputy head, I have organised meetings, assemblies and INSET.
I have had extensive experience in using and supporting the following hardware technologies: Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Sharp, Configuration of Multimedia machines, Printers, Scanners, and Photocopiers. I have worked as ICT Co-ordinator where I have managed the Network within the school and dealt with the server providers to better the school ICT facilities.
I have personal and professional experience in using and supporting the following software technologies: Microsoft Office 97/ 2000/XP, Lotus Notes, Browser technology, MS FrontPage 98/2000, Macromedia. I am confident in using operating systems such as Windows XP/2000, Mac-Os. I have also supervised the Network Administrator in ensuring that Anti-virus software is installed and updated regularly as well introduced back-up procedures.