About me

Welcome to my blog, I guess you are here to find out a little more about the face behind the font! Firstly I hope that you take the time to subscribe to the blog and maybe follow me on Twitter, I hope to bring lots of new and exciting ideas into play as well as aggregating other content from the web. I’ve set up this blog with two distinct drivers – school improvement and leadership in addition to the use of new technologies.

A real Digerati, I am passionate about new technologies and the impact that these can have on the quality of learning and educational provision for students. I have been teaching for the past 18 years, gaining my PGCE (Secondary) in Geography and Outdoor Education from the University of Leeds back in 1995. I started my teaching career in Bedfordshire, where I stayed for 5 years. During this time I developed the DofE programme and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. I also taught ICT during this time and ran many Adult Education Courses. I worked closely with the newly formed company, Capita at the time, remember SIMs as a DOS product? I moved into a promoted post (Second in Geography) to a school in Reading where I stayed for 6 years. During this time I made the transition from teaching Geography to ICT and became the Director of ICT. I held the position of assessment co-ordinator and drove the use of data in the school to raise school improvement. I was also a Lead Practitioner (ICT) for the Local Authority. Back in 2006 I was successful in gaining the position of Assistant Headteacher at The Costello School (formerly Costello Technology College) in Basingstoke, where I stayed in post until 2012. My current roles include Director of Specialism, Student Leadership, E-Strategy, ICT, Community Learning, Provision for A,G&T – extending A/A*, line manager of a number of different departments – the list goes on. I successfully completed my NPQH in 2008 and have gained national recognition for the work I undertake in securing the use of new emerging technologies in education. I have been busy working with ASCL, FROG, (Developing assessment reporting) and Vital, producing online case-studies and CPD materials. I led the college to gain FROG specialist school status in 2009 – we use FROG for our E-Learning environment at Costello. In 2010 Costello gained national recognition for the work we have undertaken in developing parental engagement through the effective use of technology as well as primary transition – we won the SSaT ICT Register Secondary Showcase Award. You may find the wiki for our submission interesting. In 2011 I steered the college to a shortlist for the TES Schools Award for our innovative approach towards ICT and how it is being developed at Costello, although we were not successful on this occasion it was great to have the work of the college recognised again nationally. In November 2011 the projects that I have led here at Costello were recognised by us receiving the Education Business Award (2011) for ICT Innovation.

Some major changes in my life took place at the end of 2012. I left the United Kingdom to start a new life in New Zealand and was appointed as Teacher in Charge of Digital Technologies at St John’s College in Hamilton, where I am now the Deputy Principal.

I’m also a freelance educational ICT consultant, providing consultancy to schools on new technologies, E-Strategy and change management. The type of consultancy that I undertake is varied, ranging from motivational speaking to whole staff, running CPD sessions to more strategic offerings including – IT infrastructure, mobile technologies (Inc. BYOD), E-Safety and undertaking full school wide 360 degree technology analysis. I have a proven track record in this field and have worked with many schools both nationally and internationally.

Enjoy your stay :)

Dominic Tester


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