The Barefoot Computing Project Team

Miles-Berry-Barefoot-TeamMiles Berry – Barefoot academic lead

Miles is the principal lecturer and subject leader for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton where he teaches initial teacher education courses as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as tutoring masters students. His principal research focus is the role of online communities in the professional formation and development of teachers. Other professional interests include knowledge management in education, use of open source software and principles in schools, provision for the gifted and talented and independent learning. He is involved in a number of consultancy projects, particularly in the field of curriculum development, both in the UK and internationally and was part of the drafting group for computing in the 2014 national curriculum. Miles is a fellow of the British Computer Society and a member of its digital literacy panel and e-learning specialist group. He also serves on the management board and primary task force of Computing at School.

Jon-Chippindall-Barefoot-TeamJon Chippindall – Learning resource developer

Jon is one of the Barefoot Computing Teaching and Learning Resource Developers currently on secondment to the project. Prior to this he was a Year 5 teacher and the Computing Leader at Crumpsall Lane Primary School in North Manchester. Jon is a CAS Master Teacher working to support other teachers across the region in developing and delivering their computing curriculum and works with trainee teachers at The University of Manchester. Before becoming a teacher, Jon worked as a researcher within the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Manchester. Whilst at the university, he coordinated outreach and widening participation events focused on promoting the STEM disciplines

Pat-Hughes-Barefoot-TeamPat Hughes – Project leader

Pat is currently on secondment from BT, helping lead the Barefoot Computing Project. After his PhD in digital signal processing, Pat started his career as a lecturer teaching electronic engineering at Liverpool University but then jumped ship, joining a research team at BT’s Research and Development Centre near Ipswich. Within BT he has worked in research, project and programme management and product development and ran BT’s university based research programme for a number of years. Prior to his secondment to Barefoot he was leading BT’s interaction with schools and education focusing on STEM subjects and in particular the need for, and implications of, a new Computing curriculum. Pat is a holder of the BT Gold Medal awarded to those who have made an outstanding personal contribution to a new product or service.

zoe-ross-barefoot-teamZoe Ross – Learning resource developer and web designer

Zoe is a former teacher of computing, Head of ICT and the Primary North Regional Co-ordinator for Computing at School. She has taught in both primary and secondary schools and worked with teachers and schools throughout the UK to help them to teach computing and prepare for the new curriculum. Particularly interested in creative pedagogies, Zoe has written materials for many different organisations including Scholastic, Hodder, the BBC and Google. She is a learning resource developer and website designer on the Barefoot Project team.



Jane-Waite-Barefoot-TeamJane Waite – Learning resource developer

Jane is a teacher at an 8 form Infant school in Brighton; she is currently on secondment to the Barefoot Project as a learning resource developer. Following a data processing degree, she worked as a developer in the computing industry for twenty years. She has worked for large organisations such as Lloyds TSB and Unilever. Some ten years ago she completed a PGCE at Brighton University. Since then she has worked mainly in KS1 but has some KS2 experience too. Jane has been an active CAS participant and worked on the DFES ITT group to gather resources to support trainee teachers. She moved her school to a computing based set of in-house created lesson plans 2 years ago. She has created and delivered computing CPD to both her own school’s teachers and to ICT co-ordinators in her local authority.

John-Woollard-Barefoot-TeamDr. John Woollard – Barefoot academic lead

John is a teaching fellow in information technology and computer science education at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton. Following his PGCE in primary education, he had a teaching career in primary and secondary schools in London and Hampshire as class teacher, SEN coordinator and ROSLA tutor. John has had a variety of positions as consultant, advisor, writer and inspector for Hampshire LA, Ofsted and a number of commercial organisations. He has taught computing from early years, through to GCE, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 1997 he moved into higher education and then into teacher training. He gained his PhD in 2004. He currently works across both primary and secondary phase initial teacher education as well as supervising PhD students in computing, e-learning and pedagogy. John is a Board member of Computing at School and works on a number of BCS, CAS and university initiatives to promote computing education.