Hi, I’m Andy Pyper and I have been involved in education in Birmingham for around 18 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 worked as a Teacher and Senior Leader in schools, before undertaking a range of roles within Birmingham City Council and Link2ICT.
From leading on BGfL and learning strategy, to acting as a Senior Advisor on the BSF programme for BCC, and more recently restructured City Learning Centres as their head of service to a single entity.
Amongst my roles now, I provide leadership coaching and support for schools, developing whole school strategic ICT plans, working on long term projects with schools and undertaking half-termly visits to support their strategic development. I also act as the lead online learning specialist for the Professional Alliance Birmingham and I’m the chair of WMnet. I’m also a trustee and director of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation
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.