Hi, I’m Vikki Bardon: mum, teacher and school governor.
I qualified as a teacher for ICT in 2000 and worked in a middle school in Staffordshire for seven years. During my time at the school, I became head of ICT which involved leading the subject and a team of colleagues across KS2 and KS3.
In 2005, I was seconded to Staffordshire Local Authority as a Hands on Support Mentor for ICT; I supported many individuals in schools to embed the use of ICT throughout the curriculum. In 2007, I joined the LA full time as a teacher consultant for ICT. This role diversified over time and I have gained a number of online safety awards such as EPICT assessor and 360 degree safe e-safety mark assessor status; these support and supplement the online safety work I now deliver in educational establishments as a Teacher Consultant for Link2ICT/Entrust Learning Technologies.
I am also an Apple Education Trainer and have delivered and supported many schools in establishing a vision for the use of the iPad and the upskilling of staff through training and coaching and mentoring models of support.
Hi, I’m Andy Pyper and I have been involved in education in Birmingham for around 20 years.
First as a primary practitioner, then with the Local Authority as an Educational Consultant and my current role is a Schools Professional Services Manager.
Link2ICT continues to provide best practice advice, guidance, training and consultancy across all areas of ICT and education. This could be anything from supporting Senior Leaders with strategic planning, embedding the use of your virtual learning environment in classroom practice, identifying software or technology that could enhance learning to supporting schools dealing with Facebook issues.
One of my main areas of expertise is Safeguarding, including eSafety and information security. I hope that, over the years, I have been proactive in supporting the appropriate use of technology across Birmingham. This continues to be a focus as technology and online content continually evolves presenting more opportunities, but also risks that need to be addressed through appropriate education and support.
Hi, I’m Bren Taylor and I I have the pleasure and privilege of leading the Professional Services team of Link2ICT.
I’m also honoured to be a director of a growing MAT (multi-academy trust) of special schools, a director of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation, and am chair of WMnet for whom I also represent the West Midlands region on the board of the National Education Network.
My roles in education have been diverse and enriching; from being a teacher to advisor, from leading the Birmingham CLC Service to supporting National College leadership programmes, from driving large scale learning strategy and implementation to strategic advice to BSF programmes, from coaching and mentoring new leaders to developing school improvement strategy. I’m passionate about creating the partnerships necessary for our education system to flourish during challenging circumstances. Despite having worked more than 30 years in the education sector, I still occasionally ponder what I am going to do when I grow up!
Outside of work you are likely to find me either in or under my classic car which I use regularly for local, national and international events. My wife is a teacher working with some of our most needy and vulnerable youngsters. I also have two grown up children working completely outside of education having chosen to follow an entirely different career path to their parents!
You can keep up to date with Bren's reflections on the world of education in Bren's Blog.
Hello I am Sharon Cufflin: mum, Teacher, School Governor, keen baker and passionate about the use of technology to support learning.
I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1997, after which I started teaching in a large inner city primary school in Birmingham. During my time there I joined the senior leadership team and was responsible for many areas including leading ICT. I also taught the PGCE ICT programme at Birmingham City University, working with trainee teachers to demonstrate best practice in using ICT for teaching.
My areas of expertise are the computing curriculum, leadership of ICT, the iPad, eSafety, Moodle and a wide range of curriculum software. I have also recently trained as a Computing Master Teacher.
Hi I’m Steve Rowley, I joined Link2ICT as an Education Consultant in 2014.
Previously I have worked as a Middle School and then primary school Teacher for 24 years, with a variety of roles - subject leader for PE, Maths, ICT, and Head of years 4, 5 and 7.
More recently I have been working for Birmingham City Learning Centre Service at Frankley CLC, supporting schools with our loan kit using netbooks in Literacy and D&T. Most of my work for the past three years has been supporting schools with iPad deployment and the CPD/team teaching to ensure schools get best value out of their investment.
I’m also a NAACE ICT Mark Assessor and so I’ve been supporting some Birmingham primary schools with their SRF (Self Review Framework) journey. eSafety has become a more prominent feature within the SRF and with the new Computing Curriculum, so I’ll be helping Andy and Sharon deliver eSafety sessions for staff, parents and pupils.