Julian S. Wood lives in Sheffield, UK .He started his teaching career late aged 28, so has the benefit of working in retail for 10 years and really appreciates being in the teaching profession. He has been teaching for 14 academic years and has taught in 5 Schools in all year groups, including Nursery (Aged 6 months +), Foundation (age 5) and Year 6 (age 11). He has been part of Senior Leadership Team for 7 years and is currently Assistant Head in an inner-city primary school.
He continues to look for opportunities to improve his knowledge of recent advances in education. He considers himself a life-long learner and he loves finding new ways to add to his pedagogy. He has researched, designed and implemented an innovative whole school creative curriculum that has been recognised at a city-wide and national level. Having also been the leader of five Creative Partnerships projects, a member of the National QCDA Creative Partners Development Group and creativity co-ordinator for 4 years.
Julian successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) course in 2010. To be accepted on to the course The National College have to believe that you have the ability and experience to become a headteacher. My Graduation involved presenting evidence to a panel of four serving Headteachers.
Julian co-created the Creative Partnerships ‘inathirdspace’ project in 2009. Which partnered teachers and artists for their own CPD, staff used mobile phones to post photographs and text to a website and used a twitter account (@inathirdspace)to give lesson feedback in an innovative way. Julian has also created whole school blogs and websites.
Julian has a wealth of public speaking experience, these include-
·Keynote Speaker at the National Conference ‘Delivering an Outstanding Primary ICT Curriculum’ (Optimus Education)
·Open University National event ‘Using Web 2.0 technology and Storytelling’.
·A ‘break-out’ session at the ‘Learning without Frontiers’ conference in London.
·Julian has also presented at 12 Teachmeets and this is a link to some of those sessions- http://j.mp/myteachmeets
He has created original workshops and led whole school courses, some of which are-
·A workshop at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) Future Leaders Course.
·Presented at a regional ‘Thinking Skills’ Conference in Newcastle.
·‘Creative Web 2.0 Learning Provocations’ at the Cape UK Yorkshire Creative Partnerships Conference.
· Workshop about the future for 21st century libraries for the ASCEL (Assoc of School, college and education Librarians) national conference.
·Workshop for Lincolnshire Council (LfBt) Web 2.0 leaders conference about literacy and new technology.
·Workshop on iPads at the Optimus Education national Conference ‘Delivering an Outstanding Primary ICT Curriculum’.
·QR code Workshop at Bradford Bmoble
Julian has engaged with social media since 2009, has used it successfully to connect to like-minded people from around the world. He is @ideas_factory on Twitter (8700 followers July 2013).www.ideasfactory.me/about/"rel="author"