Past Projects — Helen Walker
Education content development
The production of interactive, online educational content for organisations including the BBC, the DfES, Ordnance Survey, the British National Space Centre and the Royal Geographical Society.
The management of the introduction of 1:1 devices in a number of schools. This included dealing with funding, developing staff and student competency and expertise and working alongside departmental heads to develop and adapt SOW to ensure that the devices were embedded.
As ICT consultant to academies and new schools in Doncaster, Durham, Walsall, Suffolk, Furness and Norfolk from initial inception through to completion including managing of the ITT process to appoint an MSP utilising the BECTA /PfS framework. Provided ad hoc training to all Academies ranging from AV, 3D to Digital Signage.
ICT review and strategy development
Working to support Bright Tribe Trust and ALAT schools, undertook ICT reviews – including total cost of ownership and ICT asset audits – and worked with key stakeholders to develop ICT vision, strategy and implementation plans; these were focused on ensuring that ICT was effective in teaching and learning, administration, operations and communications.
Infrastructure improvement planning
Working with technical and education teams to develop cost-effective plans for infrastructure improvements including wireless upgrades, end-user kit refresh strategy and print strategy (including introduction of follow-me printing and solutions such as PaperCut).
The production of various ICT policies for numerous schools and organisations including e-Safety, Acceptable Use, Social Media and Data Protection.
Working with on-site technicians, managed migration to Office 365 including AD sync. Built and developed bespoke Sharepoint platforms for use as key teaching and learning tools. Staff/student training in Office 365 applications and web apps. Introduction of Microsoft Academy as a training tool for staff and students.
New build management
Extensive experience of new build/ICT projects and procurement including:
- Client-side lead for £22.5 million new build project. Led from DSG to completion. Significant related comms/PR remit.
- Client-side lead for £1.7 million ICT contract from OBC through to FBC, ITT, procurement and installation.
- Client-side lead for £700k ICT contract. Successfully led bid for enhanced ICT funding. Constructed and led client workshops, led ICT ITT process. Headed up training programme.
Coding training for staff and students
Design and delivery of Kodu/Scratch training courses for Year 4+ pupils and for staff.
Extensive training experience, including the development of a sequence of training films for Toshiba to show-case LearnPad software. Significant experience of developing staff and student IT Champions within schools. Other training offers include: IWBs/Projectors; visualisers; iPads; android tablets; Windows tablets; Windows 8.1; Mac OS; augmented reality – use and creation; QR codes in the classroom; app building for teachers and students; coding; 1:1 devices.
Trust-level data management
In consultation with the Trust, developed guidelines for all Trust schools regarding data reporting and SIMS configuration. This included delineation of Assessment Manager aspects, results sets and targets.