Chris Jennings

  • England United Kingdom
Chris Jennings

Summary

A Qualified Teacher, Site and Network Manager with excellent knowledge of the education sector gained over the previous 10 years. Having worked in both a Sales and Pre-Sales Education role through to teaching and a Senior Management position with responsibility for School Finance, Site and Support Staff functions, I feel that I can offer a unique and valued insight into a schools requirement. Over the previous 2 years I have managed the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) program and written the Strategy for Change 2 and ICT Output Specification documentation. I was a member of the design board for the new school and often chaired meetings in which I advised on the educational suitability of the designs to the architects and other consultants. I have proven Project Management experience most recently the closure and decanting of two schools into one. I have a strong work ethic that has enabled me to build a highly successful career built upon results.

Work History

Work History
May 2010 - Present

Capital Buildings Program Manager

Becta

To be updated

Jun 2009 - May 2010

Education Consultant

Redstone

Redstone are a national ICT provider currently working in the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF) in England. The company has recently reached financial close in Birmingham, the largest single BSF project to date and is bidding across a number of other local authorities projects.

My role was to provide 'educational steer' relating to ICT through the new bids that are submitted and to lead on educational ICT transformation in Birmingham.

Through the new bid element of this role I had responsibility for reviewing the Authority Requirements documentation which is presented to companies for their initial response. I took this documentation and extract the ICT themes, school and authority objectives and the challenges that are faced. I then liaised with the bid team in order to ensure our solution meets these needs and objectives.

This required a great deal of accuracy, technical and educational understanding and communication skills to ensure our response is the very best it can be. In addition a high degree of self-motivation and diligence is required as this work was predominantly performed from a home base.

My involvement with the Birmingham BSF Scheme was a wide ranging exciting role and one which was critical to the company's success. As part of the Redstone BSF bid, I was responsible for delivering the company's ICT Transformation into each school. This comprised of  a number of elements including; additional staff working alongside school staff to deliver training, curriculum development and in-class support, a fully featured virtual learning environment (VLE) and advice and guidance to senior leadership teams (SLT's) on the development and integration of an ICT Transformation Plan, alongside the School Development Plan and School Self Evaluation Form (SEF).

In addition I was responsible for ensuring that Redstone made effective relationships and worked alongside current providers to Birmingham schools including, the city learning centres (CLS's), authority advisory teams, private ICT companies and the schools teaching, support and leadership teams.

In summary my responsibilities included:

  • Working with the authority and the schools to establish annual training plans.
  • Being responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of these plans in order to support effective change management through ICT within the specified budget.
  • Liaising with the Authority teams, CLC's, schools, and the Local Education Partnership (LEP) regarding the support given to schools and progress made
  • Engaging with schools SLT's on visioning and the change management process.
  • Working jointly with the CLC's, Authority Advisory Teams and School User Groups on innovation and the deployment of the additional ICT Transformation Staff.
  • Liaising with external agencies to procure additional support where required.
  • Working across the BSF estate in response to key local and national strategies - for example embedding learning to learn skills, creating exemplar content, adapting and using E-Learning planning tools and schemes of work to support staff in incorporating these objectives in their lessons and resources, with the aim of developing autonomous learners.

Reason for leaving

Jan 2008 - Jun 2009

Assistant Headteacher

Matthew Humberstone School

I was a member of Matthew Humberstone Senior Management Team with responsibility for; Finance and Personnel, Facilities and ICT Management, Resources and Staff Support, Reprographics, School Assessment Data, Administrative and Clerical Line Management (including; Cover, and Examination Staff). This was a very broad role in which I managed a range of Staff Support functions in the school and for which I represented it on the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) team in the authority. The school has approximately 900 students and was split over two sites.

As Facilities and ICT Manager, I was directly responsible for ensuring that the school buildings were run effectively and that the ICT infrastructure delivered what the teachers required for effective teaching and learning to take place. As an ICT and Business Studies teacher, in which I had a year 10 and 11 timetable, I was acutely aware of the requirements placed on the school and its resources.

This experience has in my opinion been invaluable when prioritising and effectively managing these resources. In addition I was the school's finance and support manager. I provided summary financial data to the Head teacher, the other members of the SLT and the Interim Executive Body. I managed the day to day requirements of the administrative team, the staff and the functions they provided.

This was a highly enjoyable role and it gave me the opportunity to manage much of the schools activity whilst I was employed there. In that time I decanted all of Key Stage 3 from the lower school site and remodelled much of the upper site. I installed 3 new ICT suites, a state of the art 16 device multi-function printing and copy solution and started work on the schools new website and virtual learning environment.

In addition through the BSF project, I have worked as part of a team to produce the schools Strategy for Change documentation and I have written the schools ICT Output Specification. I was also a member of the authorities design panel for producing the new virtual learning solution that will be delivered across all schools in North East Lincolnshire. I provided all staff INSET, CPD and training on the ICT facilities in school.

I worked with teachers to create and deliver exciting lessons that take advantage of the technology we had on offer, such as the interactive whiteboards, the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), the school website and email. I developed the current MIS (Management Information System) so that in addition to registering each child in each lesson, it would now track and assess the students in each lesson and this data was then made available to parents at home via the Internet.               

Major Projects and outcomes   

  • Major decant of 400 students and closure of old school - I costed closure of the lower school site and project managed this to a successful completion on schedule and under budget. The impact for the school has been noted in the recent OFSTED report were both Inspectors and Students reported that being on a single site had improved behaviour and students now felt more part of a single school.
  • Full internal decoration refresh of school building - Over the summer of 2008, I produced a full redecoration plan for the remaining site. This was completed on schedule and budget. The project involved painting all internal spaces, repairing all roads and pathways on site and major roof repairs to half the site. In total over 30 separate contractors were involved.
  • Redevelopment of existing ICT infrastructure - Over 2008 the current system was expanded from 200 to 300 workstations, 3 new Windows 2003 servers and an additional 10 Interactive whiteboards were installed.
  • Replacement of entire print and copying solution - In a move to reduce and fix printing and reprographics costs, I designed and implemented a new 'Follow Me' print solution to the school consisting 17 photocopier based printers.
  • Creation of website and online parental reporting system - In order to meet both staff and government objectives, I have installed and configured a new Management Information System (Serco Facility) in order to allow Internet access to all school information via the internet. This has proved to be of major benefit to the staff who are now free to work with this data whenever they require it.
  • Restructuring of administrative staff - In conjunction with staff, I have developed several roles and repositioned some to allow better use of skills, that also give benefits to the school, for example promotion of reception employee to exams officer, replacement of retiring caretaker with a developing caretaker from a grounds man role.
  • Financial Planning - When I took over the school has a planned deficit of almost half a million, through a restructure of the staff and significant cost saving through the closure of the second site I have now produced a projected balanced budget until the school is set to merge.

Reason for leaving

Following the BSF work that I had undertaken at the school I wanted to gain further experience of BSF delivery in a project that was already live. I wanted to broaden my C.V. by specifically adding LEP and Change Management experience.

Apr 2002 - Jan 2008

ICT Teacher / Systems Manager

David Lister School

At David Lister School I was both a highly respected Teacher, and ICT Manager. In that role I managed a team of five with responsibility for a multi-site network comprising in excess of 400 Windows XP Professional workstations, over 100 XP Pro laptops and 10 Windows 2003 Servers. This gigabit fibre based network had over 2000 users with varying needs and experiences.

In my teaching role, I was a dedicated tutor and teacher of ICT and Business Studies from Year 7 to Year 11. I had significant experience within Primary Schools, having visited every feeder primary to deliver ICT modules to Key Stage 1 and 2 students every year, for five years. I was the Enterprise Coordinator, a member of the School Improvement Group, Behaviour Group, Key Stage 3 Development Group, BSF Development Group and a Teacher Governor.

I was committed to the students at the school first and foremost and strived to make David Lister the best it could be at all times and a place where both students and staff can feel happy, and empowered. I ran frequent out of hours clubs for students and often-other members of staff that included; homework catch-up and an ECDL course. In addition leisure clubs such as a games club and a model radio controlled car club. I would like to think I was a popular teacher and the results I obtained often with difficult groups confirm that I was also a successful one.

Reason for leaving - Promotion and the opportunity to massively develop my skills and experience of school management and leadership.

Major Projects and outcomes

  • Highly successful teacher with very challenging students.
  • Schools enterprise coordinator.
  • Appointed Teacher Governor.
  • Asked to join the School Improvement Group.
  • Trained all staff on email and VLE usage.
  • Configured, purchased and installed 2 new network systems.
  • Installed new enterprise print solution.
  • Visited 15 primary schools within Kingston Upon Hull to deliver very successful Control Technology module to Year 5 and Year 6 students for 5 years.
  • TEEP Trained.

Reason for leaving

Promotion and the opportunity to massively develop my skills and experience of school management and leadership.

Feb 1999 - Apr 2002

Support and Training Manager

Paradigm-ICT

My role at Paradigm-ICT as the Support and Training Manager allowed me to develop my training experience as I delivered frequent and very successful training to large numbers of teachers in a variety of Local Authorities including the East Riding over the 3 years in which I was employed.

In this time I delivered training courses to well over 500 teachers that was rated as 'good' or 'excellent' in over 90% of the feedback. Initially this training focused upon using email and the Internet, however over time I developed courses for Interactive Whiteboards, Windows and Microsoft Office, Multimedia Authoring, Control Technologies and other areas that were required.

During this time I was also instrumental in the creation and development of several early Websites and Learning Gateways including; The East Riding Intranet for Learning (ERil), The Stockton Grid for Learning, The Darlington Learning Town Network, The Norfolk Esinet and The Warwickshire Grid for Learning. For these sites I ran LA based training courses in which schools and advisory staff where trained on how to develop their own content and how to make best use of the features that these sites offered.

Major Projects and outcomes

  • Designed and delivered a range of courses to teachers across the East Riding of Yorkshire.
  • Installed and configured internet connectivity to in excess of 200 schools across Shropshire and Warwickshire.
  • Designed and delivered training courses to multiple Authorities at all levels.
  • Planned, resourced and ran BETT show in its entirety for the company.
  • Successfully coordinated office decant and move.
  • Successfully trained and managed a team of three support colleagues.
  • Visited every school within the East Riding of Yorkshire to provide technical support and guidance.

Reason for leaving

I wanted to move into education with a view to formally qualifying as a teacher.

May 1996 - Feb 1999

Sales Consultant

Research Manchines (RM)

At Research Machines Plc, the largest supplier of Educational ICT in England, I was a highly successful Sales and Pre-sales Consultant, achieving 120% of a £4 million target in 1997 / 1998, whilst working within a team of 3 people.

I covered a geographic area consisting of Yorkshire and Humberside over to Kirklees and up to the Scottish Boarders. This provided excellent time management experience and is proven evidence of my ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines, especially given that this role was home based.

Major Projects and outcomes

  • Sold the first two Primary Network products that RM introduced within the first day of release, signalling the future move towards networks within primary schools.
  • Negotiated the sale of a network into every primary school within Kingston Upon Hull, a city traditionally associated with Acorn.
  • Negotiated the sale of an RM PC into every primary school in the East Riding of Yorkshire as part of the Governments National Grid for Learning Campaign.
  • Formed relationships with Kirklees, Bradford, North Lincolnshire, York and North Yorkshire which had historically not been managed or targeted by RM.
  • Held seminars within the above authorities for the first time within schools.

Reason for leaving

Promotion and the chance to become further involved in training and support.

May 1995 - May 1996

Production Scheduler

WR Grace
Sep 1994 - May 1995

OFSTED Administrator

Humberside County Council

Education

Education
Sep 1991 - Sep 1994

Administrative Management

Humberside University

2:2 BA(Hons) in Administrative Management

Sep 1989 - Sep 1991

3 A Levels

Wyke Sixth Form College
Sep 1986 - Sep 1989

9 GCSE's

Hull Grammar School

References

References

Jonathan Juckes

Mr. Steve Cook

Mr. Joseph Walpole