Rachel has a degree in Business Management and 10 years experience working in the business to business sector. She has managed an events business where she organised and delivered a huge range of events from large conferences to corporate hospitality and incentive trips.
She demonstrates the ability to think creatively and has developed strong influential relationships throughout the course of her career. She’s passionate about education, fitness and improving opportunities for children.
She now has 3 children of her own and is currently studying a level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Rachel is enjoying her new role in exploring exciting opportunities for the business sector at Langley Associates.
Raymond Chambers is the Lead Teacher of Computing at Brooke Weston Academy. He has been teaching for 10 years. During the transition from ICT to Computing, he was the head of IT at Uppingham Community College and helped lead the department through the change successfully. His students won the UK Kodu cup and then went on to become 2nd in Europe at coding using Kodu. Ray regularly makes use of different technologies so that he can help mentor teachers and students in coding. Teaching computing is a passion of Ray's and he likes to spend time blogging about it on raychambers.wordpress.com, you can also keep up to date with him on twitter @lanky_boi_ray. Ray has a sound knowledge of the computing curriculum and delivers training sessions for many of the schools around him. In 2015 Ray successfully mentored students in coding in a number of different schools and was acknowledged for his efforts. Ray won the 2015 YGD Bafta for mentoring students in game development. Upon receiving this accolade Ray also won the UK National Teaching award for innovative use of technology. Ray has been a guest speaker at educational conferences such as the BETT show in the UK. During these sessions he would present on a number of different tools which will help engage learners in some of the difficult areas.
Niki has been teaching in primary schools for the past 11 years spending many of them in year 6. She specialises in English and has been a leader of this subject for 9 years. She was an assistant head and she has very high expectations. As well as English, she is a keen artist and she enjoys combining art with writing.
She currently teaches freelance for Pobble. Niki delivers creative writing workshops to primary aged children across the country. She has gained a vast amount of experience from this and gained knowledge in delivering to a wide range of needs and abilities.
All her lessons are fun, creative and child centred. She has a passion for creative writing. Images and artefacts are key to her lessons. Niki believes in awakening the imagination of the child as well as improving grammar and spelling. Using the children's interests are embedded in her plans. Her goal is to get the best from pupils and show their potential.
James has 22 years experience as a primary school teacher including 5 years as an AST in the effective use of ICT in the classroom. He joined Bradford's Curriculum Innovation Service in 2008 as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant and is a qualified TEFL tutor, E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, an Apple Professional Development Trainer, an Education City Accredited Trainer and a Purple Mash Certified Trainer. He was given the opportunity to form an Independent Educational Consultancy (Langley Associates) in April 2016.
James was one of the co-founders of bMobLe (Bradford Mobile Learning Conference) and is well known for using technology effectively in Early Years and outdoors. He has presented nationally and internationally on the effective use of geocaching in schools. He is passionate about ‘Games Based Learning’ and raising attainment across the primary school curriculum through the effective use of new and emerging technologies.
He has presented at the Bradford Headteachers Conference, NAACE Conference, NGfL Conference, several bMobLe Conferences, German Military Schools Conference and has helped organise dozens of Teachmeets. As an Independent Consultant he has already delivered a very successful keynote at the Informatics Computing Conference in Zagreb, Croatia on behalf of the British Embassy and delivered very popular geocaching workshops at the E2BN Conference in June.
Photo courtesy of @timrylands