Raymond Birchall

Subject Lead Computer Science

After being introduced to video games at a young age I developed a keen interest in understanding how computers work and are used to develop solutions to challenging problems. I was taught how to use MS Dos by my neighbour and this further peaked my interest and lead to me studying Computing at Manchester Metropolitan University where I gained a BSc Honours degree in Computing. After working at the National Computing Centre and in the computing industry I decided to follow a career in teaching and completed the Graduate Teacher Programme which gave me Qualified Teacher Status in 2004.
Throughout my teaching career I have consistently developed my teaching repertoire by holding a number of leadership roles and teaching across Key Stages 3-5 both in the UK and also at two schools in the UAE. My initial post involved liasing with primary schools regarding their ICT provision as Primary Transition CO-ordinator and this experience enabled me to progress to Deputy Leader of Faculty in ICT with responsibility for KS3, where I developed innovative schemes of work to engage students and ensure they were prepared for the ever-changing digital landscape. After seeking a new challenge I moved to Dubai’s largest school where I had the pleasure of working in a dynamic environment and investigated how flipped learning could be used to enhance student experiences and outcomes across the curriculum through an action research project. I was delighted to introduce both GCSE Computer Science and A-Level ICT, after moving to Abu Dhabi, and was proud to play my part in enabling the school to become Abu Dhabi’s first ever ‘Outstanding’ secondary school.
All of the experiences have equipped me with many transferrable skills that I have utilised since returning to the UK and taking up my role as Head of Computing in September 2016. During my time at King’s I have implemented an engaging provision in both Computer Science and ICT that will allow students to follow their chosen Flight Path and maximise their potential.
Outside of teaching I have always held a keen interest in sports and developed my leadership skills further in both a playing and coaching capacity with the same football team in the Lancashire Amateur League over a 16 year period. My other interests include playing competitive golf at my local club.
I have enjoyed my time at King’s and continue to develop my pedagogy through a variety of training programmes that will continue to push King’s and its’ students to the forefront of the education sector.