David is a director at Schoolcomms - the leading provider of online parent engagement solutions fo rschools. He’s focused on working with schools to drive greater efficiency and help improve progress and raise attainment through effective use of technology.
July 5th, 2018
Managing Director, Frog Education
Education Adviser, Chair of Governors Northern College and Trustee of UfI Trust
Bob has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, senior manager, Principal and Governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of Teaching and Leadership College Principals Qualification and the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme.
Bob is also Vice Chair of Governors at Northern College and a governor of a Trafford school.
Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education following 12 years as Chief Examiner.
He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser for 14 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning. Toshiba is the “lead employer” in the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology. Bob was a member of the British Computer Society/Royal Academy of Engineering working group which redrafted the ICT National Curriculum to make it more “ambitious and challenging”. He also chaired the computing expert group established by the DfE to support teachers and teacher educators in the transition to the new computing curriculum, and is now a member of UK Force (UK Forum for Computing Education). He is currently the Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/NCTL group which aims to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millennium.
Bob was a leading member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group and is now a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group chaired by Professor Stephen Heppell.
Bob regularly visits the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University to research current developments and is particularly interested in the “education’s digital future” at Stanford and is a judge at the Stanford Education Technology Expo. Bob is also a judge for the BIS Technology Strategy Board Learning Technology-Design for Impact fund. Bob represented the DfE at the INTEL STEM International conference in Jerusalem when he presented on the new national curriculum in computing.
He is a Board member of the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE) and the UfI Trust and is a Judge for the BETT Awards and TES FE Awards.
NA Board Member & Executive Principal and ILRD Director, Tuxford Primary Academy
FASNA Board Member, Trust Business Manager, Fierte Multi Academy Trust
Professor Stephen Heppell
Head of Schools Category Team, Department for Education
Category Lead, Technology Products and Services Team, Crown Commercial Service
EdTech Specialist, Texthelp
In his role as EdTech Specialist at Texthelp, Patrick is a passionate educator and he takes the lead on ensuring our products have a real and meaningful impact on teaching and learning for all.
Working with partners and schools around the world, Patrick aims to ensure that Texthelp products achieve their vision of ‘reaching all learners’ by empowering teachers and pupils in personalising their learning through education technology.
Patrick has worked with over 3500 schools and colleges and over 500,000 pupils across the UK and Europe building the vision and plan for successful technology integration into the classroom. Embracing multiple platforms, Patrick has designed both practical and curriculum focused programmes from small scale pilots to many of the country's leading 1:1 programmes. By supporting the wider school vision, scaffolding teachers and empowering pupils, his particular specialism is in personalised learning for all with a belief in the real impact technology can make when its focus is on learning and teaching.
A sought after keynote speaker, an Apple Education Mentor and Google Certified Educator, Patrick received the UK Digital Leader 100 award in 2016 and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Ulster (School of Education).