Malvern Computer Science Teacher Awarded Chartered Status

Posted on 19/12/2017 Malvern Computer Science Teacher Awarded Chartered Status

There was an additional award at The Chase Awards Evening on December 18th. John Palmer, Faculty Leader for Business and IT and teacher of IT, was presented with his Chartered IT Professional status by Adam Hatton, ex-student and designer of the Jaguar XF and XE.

Despite more and more students choosing GCSEs in Computer science, and entries rising more quickly than any other subject, more than half of England’s secondary schools, 54%, did not offer GCSE computer science in 2015-16, a report from the Royal Society has found, with the biggest issue being the lack of skilled teachers.

However, this week, Malvern teacher John Palmer, who teaches at The Chase, was this week awarded Chartered IT Professional status by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, a tremendous achievement. John is currently one of just five teachers in the UK with CITP status, which is awarded to individual’s practicing IT to the highest professional standards.

“John has had an enormous influence in the development of Computer Science in schools nationally, and The Chase has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for the teaching of this subject for some years now. We are delighted that the Institute has decided to award him Chartered Status in recognition of his excellent work.” said Mike Fieldhouse, Head Teacher at The Chase. “The numbers of girls and boys taking GCSE Computer Science at The Chase are well in excess of national averages, as are the results and progress made by students in the subject.”

In addition to teaching Computer Science at The Chase, John also has a wider role in training and supporting teachers developing the Computing subject in schools across the West Midlands, as one of a group of Specialist Lead practitioners based at Birmingham City University.

John Palmer, Faculty Leader for Computing & Business at The Chase said, \”Computer Science is a vital subject for our students who represent the next generation of Malvern’s brilliant brains and will ultimately enable the UK to compete in the global marketplace of the future\”.

Photo: Matt May (Chair of Governors), John Palmer, Adam Hatton, Mike Fieldhouse (Headteacher)