Guy Shearer

Head of IT

I joined the David Ross Education Trust in 2012 and am currently the Head of IT.

I manage IT provision across the Trust, which includes IT systems, IT support and eLearning across our primary and secondary academies.

There is always a huge amount of work to do with IT that is outside the classroom, but the main focus is always on education. I am particularly pleased to be leading on a Trust-wide eLearning strategy which is transforming the learning environment for our pupils. This includes the roll-out of our Star Classroom project, a professional development network of more than 100 teachers which aims to refine and share the best approaches to the use of IT to improve learning.

For me, education is all about making sure that children have the best possible life chances and become people worth knowing.

Career history

Guy has worked as a teacher since 1987, working in both the state and international sectors and has held deputy and headteacher roles.

He taught ICT and Computer Science and was recognised by Microsoft as a UK and European Innovative Teaching Award winner, for making an outstanding contribution to developing IT in education.

Whilst seconded to Northamptonshire County Council, Guy established and led the Learning Discovery Centre, an innovation unit and testbed for integrating the use of IT and web technologies within day to day teaching in order to improve engagement and rates of progress.

He was the Head of Enterprise & Innovation for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, working with Professor David Hargreaves on the highly regarded Personalising Learning programme.  Guy led the national programme of support for the new key Stage 3 National Curriculum and set up the Enterprise Network.