The Team

We have a highly experienced team of curriculum, technical and administrative staff with an in depth understanding of schools and learning settings. The team has the expertise to support you in delivering better outcomes for children. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you – the key contacts and their areas of expertise are listed below:

Catherine Elliott, eLearning Consultant – SEND Lead:

Catherine taught for many years in secondary schools as a teacher of Modern Languages, with a responsibility for the development of ICT. She followed her interest in learning technologies, working first in the South Yorkshire eLearning Programme Content Team, creating interactive educational content, then at the Sheffield South City Learning Centre. She has worked with a number of special schools in the city and beyond during the last 12 years, supporting the use of learning and assistive technologies. Since the publication of the new Computing Curriculum she has worked on adapting the content for learners with a range of special needs and disabilities and has written the Sheffield SEND Computing Scheme of Work and a report on the current state of computing in SEND settings.

She co-wrote the Sheffield Primary Computing Scheme of Work and has worked extensively with primary, secondary and SEND settings to embed computing as a subject, including teaching a number of exemplar lessons. She is on the committee for CAS #include, the Computing At School working party ensuring computing is accessible to all young people, and is joint hub leader for the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Secondary CAS Hub.

Sue Finnigan, eLearning Consultant – Primary Lead and Online Safety Lead:

Sue is a teacher with almost 30 years of experience in the classroom, in subject leadership and a variety of whole school middle leadership roles. Beginning as a secondary Physics teacher in a large 11-18 school Sue always had an interest in cross phase work and she has worked extensively in primary schools since joining the City Learning Centres as Assistant Manager in 2005. This experience leaves her uniquely placed to develop the Computing curriculum in Sheffield schools and she co-wrote the Sheffield Computing Scheme of Work for  primary schools.

Sue’s interest in Online Safety really developed when she joined the Sheffield East CLC. She felt that as she was promoting the use of technology so widely with teachers and young people she had a moral obligation to strive to keep them safe. Sue has been commissioned by Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board to deliver Online Safety training to schools and settings in the city. Sue is a member of CEOP’s Education Advisory Board.

Sue is also passionate about the use of technology  to assist learning in core skills e.g Literacy and Numeracy and to engage children and young people and has worked with schools on projects which demonstrate impact in these areas.

Marie Hill – Senior Business Support Officer

Marie is often the first point of contact for our service, answering the phone to queries, dealing with finance and sorting out any bookings and requests for loan equipment. She has been with the team since its beginnings in the City Learning Centres, starting at East CLC in 2003.

David Houston, eLearning Technical Service Manager:

David has an extensive background working in educational settings starting his IT career managing school networks in 1994, and moving to the role of technical manager of South Sheffield City Learning Centre and later as assistant manager of the centre. David has a wide experience of ICT in schools, including provision of strategic advice for head teachers and governors on key decisions involving IT investment, staffing and resource management

Current projects involve delivery of ICT health checks to support Senior leaders in schools, migrating ICT infrastructures in new purpose-built schools and virtualizing school servers. David’s main responsibilities are to lead the service’s technical support offer for schools and he contributes to the development of new programmes and services within the curriculum service.

Thom Winterbotham, eLearning Consultant – seconded part time from Malin Bridge Primary School:

Thom has worked as a primary school teacher at Malin Bridge in Hillsborough since 2012, teaching across every phase, and leading in computing and online safety. He has been seconded to the eLearningService for the last 2 years, sharing his practical experience of leading, planning and teaching computing in the classroom.

He is currently working with Sue Finnigan and coordinators from local schools to develop the Sheffield Online Safety Curriculum, which will include a scheme of work and lesson resources.

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