James has worked in education for over 10 years, having completed his PGCE, he is currently undertaking an MA in ALN, Wellbeing and Educational Leadership. He is a Helen Sanderson Associates accredited Person Centred Review trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Apple Teacher, policy adviser, and a guest lecturer in a higher education and Head of Department, responsible for ALN, Wellbeing, Counselling, Safeguarding and HE support.
He is a qualified solicitor and works with numerous organisations, public, private and governmental within the field of ALN and wellbeing. James is currently Head of ALN and Wellbeing at large further education college, where he is leading on the implementation of the Welsh Government’s statutory ALN reform and developing creative solutions to help tame those wicked problems so often found in health and wellbeing. He has lead on a number of innovative projects, such as, developing learning analytics models for early intervention with wellbeing issues with JISC, pilot projects with Public Health Wales around STI postal kits and marketing campaigns targeting young male learners to access counseling and therapeutic intervention services.
An advocate of assistive and learning technologies, He regularly delivers keynotes and training on d the impact it can have on teaching, learning, support and wellbeing for learners.
James is the co-organiser of TeachMeet South Wales – @TMSouthWales | www.teachmeetsouthwales.com
He is a keen cyclist, allotment holder and has a nanobrewery in his shed.
Conferences & Keynotes
Bett 2019- ‘Tech4Wellbeing – using technology to promote learner wellbeing’
Colegau Cymru 2018 – ‘Universal Provision – how can we develop accessible services?’
Microsoft and Cardiff and Vale College ‘Let’s get Phygital!’ – ‘Learning Tools for learners with Additional Learning Needs’
Quality Skills Alliance – ‘5 Ed-Tech Tools for learners with Additional Learning Needs’
JISC ‘Connect More 2018’ – ‘Supporting the Learner Journey with Technology’
Policy Forum for Wales 2018 – ‘The impact of the Additional Learning Needs Code on Further Education’
Colegau Cymru 2018 ‘Accessibility Through Technology ‘ – ‘Tech, Transition & Teams’
FE Showcase 2018 – University of Derby – ‘The use of Learning Analytics in supporting learners with ALN and Wellbeing’.
Bett 2018 – ‘The Potential for Mixed Reality in Supporting Transition for Learners with Additional Learning Needs’
Cardiff and Vale College 2018 – ‘The Additional Learning Needs Act 2018 – Preparing for Change’.
Cardiff and Vale College 2017 – ‘Using Technology to Support Learners with Mental Health Issues’.
Areas of Expertise
Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
Behaviour for Learning
Assistive and Learning Technologies
Leadership & Management
Mental health and wellbeing
Events and Project Management
Workflows and system