My name is Chris Mayoh and I am a UK educator specialising in the use of new technologies to engage and inspire learners. I am passionate about helping individuals to realise their vast potential and to become successful, reflective lifelong learners. In January 2012 I was shortlisted for the Naace ICT Impact Award for Primary for some of the work I have done recently.
Here is a breakdown of some of the things I’m involved with:
Bowling Park Primary School
Since September 2008, I have worked at Bowling Park Primary School in Bradford, first offering Specialist Curriculum Support before taking on the role of ICT Development Manager from the 2009/10 academic year, a position I currently hold.
In this role I have been responsible for rewriting the school’s ICT curriculum and e-safety strategy, the introduction of blogging to 23 classes, running a school radio station, managing a 1:1 iPod Touch project in Year 5 and am now working to introduce a whole-school iPad project. I have also worked to overhaul the school’s pupil tracking and assessment system to make it work more effectively for school.
In January 2011 I introduced a pupil Digital Leaders project, which has seen pupils undergo a formal recruitment process, teach classes across school, run after school staff meetings and present at national conferences.
I have also been a staff governor at Bowling Park since October 2010, helping to offer critical advice and strategic support to assist with whole-school improvement.
The Innovation Centres
In October 2011, I was seconded (for one day a week) to the team at The Innovation Centres in Bradford as a Learning and Teaching Consultant (ICT) to roll out the successful Digital Leaders programme I’ve run at Bowling Park to more Bradford primary schools. At the moment, 35 primary schools have taken part in the project which has seen over 200 pupils train to become Digital Leaders.
Digital Leader Network
Since February 2012, I have been working with Sheli Blackburn to put together a worldwide network of pupil Digital Leaders. Though the project is still in its infancy, a number of primary and secondary schools from across the UK have already started to take part.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
In August 2011 I began a 12-month TEFL course, which I am still working on, which will open up opportunities to help me teach English to learners around the world.
In March 2012 I joined the committee at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and took on responsibility for running the Club’s social media wing. I will be largely responsible for operating the Club’s blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. I am hoping that this will help me to improve my use of these communication platforms in a sphere other than Education, such that I do not become too one-dimensional!
Prior to working in Bradford, I worked at a brand new independent special school in Stockport, catering for the wide-ranging needs of pupils aged 8 to 16 with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). In February 2008 I took on the role of ICT Coordinator and introduced a new programme of study with activities closely linked to pupils’ interests and abilities. I also shared responsibility for KS3 Maths and Science curriculum areas.
I have also worked in two primary schools in Manchester, developing a successful Modern Foreign Language programme – teaching German to pupils in Years 2 to 5; creating and maintaining pupil tracking systems; running a number of after school clubs; and working to support the literacy, numeracy and ICT skills of pupils from Nursery to Year 6.
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