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Mark Dorling


Personal Statement

Personal Statement

I am National CPD Coordinator for Computing At School. My position is funded by English Department for Education. I have lead the CAS Master Teacher programme funded by the Department for Education from it’s conception through to implementation. My team currently stands at 18 Regional Coordinators and 330+ outstanding teachers located across England.

I graduated in 2003 with a first class Computing degree from Kingston University in Surrey. I completed a primary PGCE at Brunel University in 2005. Since qualifying I have taught across all the key stages (primary and secondary) in both all ability and selective schools. I was a contracted visiting lecturer on the Brunel university primary and secondary PGCE between September 2010 and July 2013. My work during this time gained me international recognition as a case study in the 2012 Royal Society Report entitled ‘Shutdown or Restart’ and various recognitions and national awards.

Between June 2010 and September 2014 I served on the Computing At School Board of Management. In September 2014 I was invited to be a Trustee on the Ian Livingstone foundation to setup a Free School in the Hammersmith area. In November 2014 I was awarded Fellowship of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. I am also a member of Naace and ITTE.

I have played a leading role in a number of computing related projects including:

the development of the Primary (Key Stage 1 & 2) and a supporting role in the development of the secondary (Key Stage 3/4) Computing At School Curriculum for Schools project. Following this contribution, I was invited to join the Department for Education working party of experts responsible for recommending a programme of study as part of the Department for Education ICT National Curriculum review.

I sat on a Department for Education Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Expert Computing Group that created a bank of resources mapped to the initial drafts of the National Curriculum.

My practitioner research and approach to teaching computer science in the Digital Schoolhouse (teaching Computing across the curriculum i.e. through other subjects) formed the basis for the BCS and CAS Barefoot Computing project funded by the Department for Education.

I was part of the Quality Assurance group that developed the CAS Secondary Guidance documents funded by Raspberry Pi and the Department for Education.

I was the architect, reviewer and contributing author for the Computing At School QuickStart Computing project funded by Microsoft and Department for Education. This project content and structure is based on a successful teacher training course I used to deliver called Managing the transition from ICT to Computing. Like the teacher training course, this self study resource empowers teachers to implement solutions that meet the educational and employment needs of their pupils. This project is due for release at BETT 2015.

I was lead author on the Progression Pathways Assessment Framework that is an interpretation of the breath and depth of the subject and has had over 20,000 downloads in the first 12 months of being released in January 2014. This work has been extended to include computational thinking concepts and used as the basis for the creation of a framework called: ‘Developing computational thinking in the classroom‘ which aims to exemplifies computational thinking across the entire subject of computing.

I co-lead a funding bid to the Mayor of London Excellence in Education fund to roll the Digital Schoolhouse project out across 10 schools in London. I am using my experience of up scaling the CAS Master Teacher programme to support the Digital Schoolhouse Project Programme Director with implementing the project across London.

I am also series editor and contributing author on the Compute-IT Series. Delivering innovative and inspiring teacher lesson plans, resources and student books for Key Stage 3 (11-14 years of age). For more details visit the Hodder Education website.

Im looking to start my Phd in 2015 focusing on the success of the implementation of the Computing curriculum. My 'on the side' research focus is on learning and teaching strategies for the transition from graphical to text based languages and non-linear curriculum mapping of learning outcomes for the subject of computing (computer science, information technology and digital literacy)

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