A COMPUTER expert is helping to teach other teachers about the ever-changing world of information technology.

Students at Consett Academy and neighbouring schools will benefit from extra support their teachers will receive from following Jim Green’s appointment as a Master Teacher.

Mr Green, who is Head of Technical and Vocational and Learning Leader for Computing, has been at the academy for nine years.

Originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the 32-year-old, who lives in Whitley Bay, will support local teachers to deliver the computing curriculum which was introduced to schools in England in 2014.

Mr Green said: “The best person to support a teacher is another teacher.

“I am there to be a champion of computing, to spread the word about how it can be taught and to enthuse people.

“It’s great. I get to meet lots of other teachers and see how they are embedding computer science in their schools. I also get to use their ideas and share mine with them.”

Master Teachers are experienced teachers who are keen to share their knowledge and understanding with others through workshops, seminars and training sessions, as well as providing support over the phone or via email.

Bill Mitchell, Director of Education at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, which runs the Network of Excellence, said: “This is great news and I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Jim on his achievement.

“I’m delighted that he has completed the Master Teacher’s programme and is well and truly qualified to help support other teachers deliver the computing curriculum to pupils.”