John has nearly thirty-year of experience teaching and leading in North Manchester secondary schools. Ten years were spent working at the North West Manchester City Learning Centre researching the effective use of new and emerging digital technologies and how these impact on teaching and learning. In April 2010, he joined the team at Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, leading on the development of the new Computing curriculum, 21st-century digital skills, the ICT strategy and staff effectiveness and performance in the use of technology.
Since the Spring of 2017 he has been working with the following partners:
- Tute Education Ltd – creating a set of virtual teacher standards, developing lesson review protocols and improving online teacher effectiveness.
- Creative Scene, North Kirklees – digital engagement strategy and the effective use of digital technologies in the artistic process.
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority – working with schools, colleges, industry and other partners on developing and evaluating a digital talent pipeline strategy.
- The University of Salford and CREATE Education – evaluating the Morson Challenge, a 3D printing, additive manufacturing project in nine Salford secondary schools.
John is passionate about how we can harness technology to improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes including the development of 21st-century learning skills.