Lesley Simm is our senior 'Teaching and Learning Consultant ICT' & Company Director
ICT Mark Assessor
Registered with Data Controller
Public Liability to £5million
Blippit Education Partner ** NEW
Lesley has 20 years experience of teaching and delivering ICT support within the public sector. She is a highly experienced primary school teacher, ICT consultant and project manager with a strong track record of successfully implementing ICT programmes in educational settings. Lesley has considerable experience of working with headteachers in order to produce strategic ICT plans and she also holds the NPQH qualification.
She is a member of Naace and an ICT Mark Assessor, providing advice on the ICT Mark and Becta ICT Self Review Framework and undertaking ICT Mark Assessments in schools. In addition, Lesley works in partnership with CEOP promoting e-safety as a CEOP Ambassador, which allows her to deliver accredited Think U Know E-Safety Training sessions and Internet Safety Assemblies. She also advised on the production of the Wigan 2010 and 2011 Annual Safer Internet Day Event, in addition to participating in the event itself. More recently, Lesley has been appointed Associate Expert for The Key and has written articles for magazines produced by CDEC and Teaching Technology magazine.
Lesley has an in-depth understanding of the current issues facing the educational sector particularly in relation to ICT and primary school improvement and has a working knowledge of up to date pedagogical strategies and developments. She has a strong creative acumen and is skilled in the development, organisation and implementation of ICT based projects, including budget management. As part of this work Lesley has a lot of experience in working with colleagues in order to raise standards. She has been the key leader of many peer to peer support programmes in Wigan, including ICT Hands on Support and the ICT In-School Support Programmes, where she recruited, trained, directed and quality assured the work of leading ICT colleagues.
Very experienced in the development and delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) Lesley uses both prepared and customised materials in order to meet the needs of clients. She can deliver CPD on a 1:1 basis, with small groups and large audiences. Lesley has a keen interest in CPD for support staff and led the Wigan Primary School Teaching Assistant ICT Programme for many years, enabling scores of teaching assistants to access ICT for learning and teaching purposes. Lesley has led on a range of creative events for Wigan schools, including leading the annual Wigan ICT Awards (WICTAs), organising the Spring Term video conferencing quizzes and participating in the annual ICT conference. She has also been a willing hands-on participant in the Wigan annual Santa Video Conference. Lesley displays a keen desire to promote good practice and took the lead in producing the Wigan VLN Case Study Videos which were included in the Autumn Term Episode of the Naace Connect TV Series. She was the key leader in developing the use of games based learning technologies in Wigan Primary Schools.
Lesley takes pride in delivering consistently high quality work, to tight timeframes and budgetary requirements and is highly regarded, both for her professionalism and for the quality of her work. She is able to establish and build effective relationships with local authority senior managers, head teachers and school senior management, teaching and non-teaching staff and technical staff, using excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Lesley is an experienced presenter and coach and has a highly motivating style.
She uses her excellent ICT skills to produce both professional and educational materials, employing the latest innovative ICT tools, to engage audiences and enhance learning. She has an in depth knowledge of the Kaleidos Learning Platform and has worked with a range of colleagues and clients (from LA teams to primary and special schools) to ensure their effective use of the Wigan VLN (learning platform).
Lesley is currently undertaking consultancy work for the Open University and delivering ICT training for the Salford BSF Programme. She is Associate Expert for ICT for The Key and has recently written reviews for the Naace Review Club. Lesley is available to write articles for magazines and publications, terms provided on request.
Lesley is CRB registered and holds both public liability and professional indemnity insurance. Details can be provided on request.
In her spare time, Lesley is a keen gardener and photographer and enjoys walking and spending time with her family.