Craig H

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£ 20.00-40.00 p/h

I am an enthusiastic and passionate Computing teacher. I pride myself in being flexible to your requirements for your child. I currently work in and have an excellent knowledge of the curriculum.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Flexible and Successful. I feel I build an excellent working relationship with my pupil which in turn allows them to succeed.

What qualifications do you have?

PGDE Computing Science Secondary BSc Business Computing HNC Computer Software Development

Tell us about your experience...

In my current role, I have full responsibility of delivering the new qualifications from S1 BGE through to Advanced Higher Computing Science. I have made the changes to our course and continue to develop these and the changes have been seamless in ensuring a smooth transition into the National Qualifications. I have enhanced my knowledge at National 4 and 5 by not only delivering these courses from the outset but also attending understanding standards events, marking the assignments and also the exam from the 2017/2018 academic year to present. I am also now an item writer for the National 5 course. I have been delivering the higher computing science course explicitly for the last two academic years and the advanced higher computing science course for this year whilst implementing the changes at all of the appropriate levels. I am also an external verifier for SQA and I am leading the rollout of digital learning within my school. In previous posts, I have led the subject forward towards a full implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence Qualifications. I have provided clarification, support and direction whilst providing opportunities for other colleaues to develop and progress their own professional skills and abilities. I have pre-empted problem areas and suggested solutions to improve attainment results. I have sourced software and uploaded any existing materials onto GLOW. I work closely with Faculty Management, School Technicians, LA Colleagues and fellow CS teachers nationally. I work with working groups in school and LA to help with the transition from P7-S1 and also to help embed the our use of personal support and the house system. I use effectively the restorative approach in my practice as a means of adopting a variety of approaches in meeting pupils needs. Through the demands over the last few academic years, I have shown that I am able to work under pressure and meet challenging deadlines particularly in the area of curriculum development. Positive relationships are central in all I do whether that is with parents, carers, pupils, partners, fellow teachers and support staff alike. I am informed and keep up with current developments in education such as Curriculum for Excellence, Additional Support Needs, Child Protection and GIRFEC. I have taught S1 – 3 ICT, Standard Grade Computing, Intermediate 1 and 2, Advanced Higher Computing along with PC Passport and MIE. I have developed and implemented the NPA Games Developement at Levels 4 and 5 and introduced two enrichment courses at S2/3 levels in Multimedia and Programming respectively. Since then I have gained experience in the old Higher and Advanced Higher Computing courses along with the same qualifications in Information Systems. Currently, I have introduced S1, S2 and S3 Computing Science to our list of courses along with National 4 and National 5 Computing Science, New Higher Computing Science, Young Enterprise. Various Business course have been taught since I qualified. I have taught various courses in the Computing Science disciplines at different levels as well as other Business courses. These have all been taught with the correct amount of preparation and correction. To achieve successful learning and teaching I have made use of existing materials and have supplemented these with presentations and my own resources and activities. Providing new and exciting opportunities, differentiating lessons to suit the individual pupils allow me to fully engage with all of the pupils, making my lessons fully inclusive. I am currently running a pilot in the effective use of Pupil Profiles to help pupils evaluate their skills in specific curriculum projects. Cooperative skills, team contributions, personal organisation, reflective practice, building confidence and sharing best practice, Learning and Teaching and Behaviour Management. I undertake the organisation and running of extra curricular clubs i.e. coding clubs, sports clubs and revisional study sessions. I regularly undertake curriculum and personal development. I am currently looking at working with the IT co-ordinator to introduce the Barefoot Computing initiative into FIFE to give my primary colleagues the required skills to deliver some of the Computing Science Outcomes and Experiences. I am also looking to bring in the BBC Microbits ( a brand new product developed by BBC to aid coding) into part of our curriculum to add value and excitment into our junior courses. I am also discussing with the University of Abertay, Dundee ways of bridging the gaps between school curriculums and Further Education. I am currently implementing the NPA structure and offering training to Local Authority staff on the course. I find tutoring very satisfying due to see the pupils progress in their development and coming out after the exam having made huge improvements in their subject knowledge.

What locations do you tutor in?

Dundee Perth Angus Fife Edinburgh & Glasgow - Conditions apply - Day Tutoring rather than hourly rate

What is your personal message to students?

If you are struggling in school with Computing then don’t. Come and see me for a lesson in Computing.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Yes
Home-based tutor: Yes
Travelling tutor: Most Areas
Online tutor: Skype, Google Hangouts
Subjects: Computing Higher
  Computing National 5
  Computing CfE
  ICT Various