Mr John Owen

Pathway Leader for the Secondary Computer Science PGCE

Email address: Phone number: 01902 32 3196 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: E-Safety in schools, Computing National Curriculum (CPD for Teachers), CAS Hub Leader


I am Pathway Leader for the Secondary Computer Science PGCE and Schools Direct initial teacher training courses.  Former roles include: lead tutor for Teach First Computer Science/ICT for the West Midlands, Head of ICT and Business Studies/Economics with oversight of all IT within a large secondary school, Pastoral roles within secondary school.  I have also held roles as a National Strategies Consultant and ICT Advisor for a local authority leading a team of primary and secondary consultants.  I chaired the WMNet teaching and Learning Group, e-Safety Group and sat on the WMNet Management Board.

I have research interests with e-safety and regularly run CPD and training courses for teachers, parents and governors as well as for pupils in both primary and secondary.  I also have an interest in pedagogies for teaching computing effectively.  I have been involved in developing a unit for the ICT National Strategies and more recently working with the ASFI examination organisation as a lead developer with the 'Computing for Teachers' qualification which is the only Ofqual accredited CPD course in this area.  I have extensive experience of supporting trainee teachers, newly qualified teachers, experienced teachers and support staff in using ICT/computing in innovative ways to effectively support learning and improve progress.

I am the Computing at School (CAS) Hub Leader for the Walsall Hub, a Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) Ambassador and am an ICT Mark assessor.

Research interests

  • E-Safety in schools
  • Computing National Curriculum (CPD for Teachers)
  • CAS Hub Leader


  • BA (Hons) Economics, 1981
  • PGCE (Business Studies), 1986

Previous professional experience

  • Pathway Leader for Secondary Computer Science (UoW), 2014 to present
  • Part-time Lecturer for secondary computer science (UoW), 2013 to 2014
  • Computing consultant for BEST Midlands (Innovative computing and e-safety training), 2012 to 2014
  • Advisor for Learning Technologies for Education Walsall (Leading a team of consultants and developing and implementing a range of new education projects/initiatives), 2006 to 2012
  • Secondary ICT Consultant for Education Walsall (Leading on the national strategies for ICT in the area), 2005 to 2005
  • Lead Teacher for ICT in Walsall Local Authority (Providing support for other teachers/schools and leading training), 2003 to 2004
  • Brownhills Community Technology College (Various leadership / Teaching roles), 1992 to 2004