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Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Gwynedd and Isle of Anglesey education authorities collaborate as the GwE. It is an expression of the authorities’ wish to collaborate rather than a separate body. The Consortium is a vehicle to:

  1. create capacity to enable education authorities to fulfil their work whilst respecting local culture, language and accountability;
  2. promote the regional business plan which focuses on formal and informal collaboration and;
  3. collaborate constructively with the Welsh Government to promote its priorities in an even-handed manner in order to secure general ownership of the regional and local implementation.

Work is carried out on a collaborative basis to harmonise policies and work methods to overcome variance and to secure the best conditions to enable the highest standards to be achieved in our schools for the benefit of the pupils and young people. This website will be developed to offer cross-authority fora in the expectation that this will offer exciting potential to share information and best practice at all levels in an incremental manner.

For more information visit www.gwegogledd.cymru (this link will open in a new browser window)

Hwb+ Accredited Trainers

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Arwel Williams

Arwel is a Local Authority based Technology teacher, currently offering a bilingual peripatetic service to Denbighshire and Conwy school through the ‘Technology Enhancement Service’, which focuses on elements of D&T, ICT, Control and Science. He has over 25 years experience, initially working in the secondary sector but now his work is predominately with primary schools.

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Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis has been seconded for a year from Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern to work with CYNNAL in supporting Hwb+.

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Llion Elis

Llion has been teaching for over twenty years in the primary sector and has been an ICT Co-ordinator from the start. He is now the Head at Ysgol Nant y Coed, Llandudno Junction. Llion strongly believes in securing the very best education for his pupils, supported by broad and appropriate use of ICT. He feels we need to provide current ICT education for our pupils, using the most recent technology where possible.

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Llion Williams

Llion is Headteacher at a Welsh-medium primary school in Bangor. He is very interested in the use of information technology in the classroom to broaden and enrich pupils’ learning experiences.

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Geraint Edwards

Geraint is a primary school teacher in Conwy County. He has championed the use of ICT in his school for over 23 years, from humble Acorn beginnings through to current tablet use in the classroom. Geraint is particularly interested in using multimedia to improve pupil attainment in literacy. His pupils have won numerous film making competitions using multimedia technologies.

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Simon Billington

Following a brief career as a Civil Engineer Simon started teaching Design Technology in 1993 moving onto ICT a year or so later. As a Secondary Teacher he was ICT Co-ordinator in school for over 5 years before taking on the position of Assistant Headteacher.

Simon left classroom teaching in 2007 to work for Wrexham Local Authority on a secondment to set up the local authority e-Learning network. In 2008 he took up the post of Learning and Teaching Advisor for ICT for Wrexham with responsibility for curriculum support and teacher training.

Simon implemented his first VLE in school in 2004 and has been using them and helping others to use them ever since. Simon is currently the ICT Strategy Manager for Wrexham Lifelong Learning and Chair of the North Wales ICT Regional Education Consortia group.

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Kirsten Bell

Kirsten is the Deputy Head Teacher at Southdown Primary school, as well as ALNCo and the ICT Subject Leader. During her teaching career she has been seconded to the ICT Unit as an Advisory Teacher for ICT where she has had the privilege of working with many different people and schools. Her role involved support for pre and post inspection, the introduction of both hardware and software and delivering training where necessary as well as supporting schools enhancing their curriculum with ICT.

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Aled Wright

Aled has worked for Conwy Education Services for twelve years supporting school ICT projects. As an Apple Certified Associate, he has specialised in Apple products for the last five years. He has received training from Welsh Government Digital Leaders and Learning Possibilities on various aspects of Hwb+. Aled looks forward to supporting schools in their use of Hwb+, Office 365 and associated technologies.

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Natasha Jones

Having worked for the Conwy LEA for the past 11 years, Natasha has spent time supporting numerous ICT projects within schools. She has received training from Welsh Government Digital Leaders and Learning Possibilities on various aspects of Hwb+. Natasha is responsible for the co-ordination of training for secondary and primary schools in Conwy to enable ICT to become an integral part of the education offered to pupils.