A new academic year and a new Innovation Centre
The new academic year is upon us and the Curriculum Innovation team have been busy over the Summer moving to a new purpose built Innovation Centre at the Bradford Design Exchange in Little Germany. We have relocated to one centre from our previous centres at UAK in Keighley (TICK) and Challenge College in Bradford (TICB).
Our email contacts remain the same but our address and telephone numbers are as below:
General enquiries and bookings Tel: +44 (0) 1274 434818
Procurement and loan box enquiries Tel: +44 (0) 1274 434823
Our new address is
The Innovation Centre Bradford (TICB)
Bradford Design Exchange
34, Peckover Street
The new centre will still be called the Innovation Centre Bradford and will allow us greater flexibility in terms of providing provision in the evenings, weekends and holiday periods. We have two new state of the art training rooms including one specifically designed to support Games Based Learning (GBL) that also incorporates a large cinema screen with surround sound allowing pupils to enjoy a ‘cinema experience’ when viewing their films and animations (popcorn not included).
We have had a few staffing changes in the Curriculum Innovation team over the summer as well. We would like to say a big thank you to John Patefield, Nagina Khan and Ben Chalcraft who have been seconded to the Innovation Centre team over the last few years and who have now returned to their posts at Carlton Bolling College.
We also have 3 consultants who have used their experiences with the team over recent years to take on new and exciting challenges. Curriculum ICT consultant Robert Bashforth has been appointed assistant headteacher at the new Oastler School. School based Curriculum Innovation consultant Vicki Cox has returned to school full time to continue her work as assistant headteacher at Bankfoot Primary and school based Curriculum Innovation consultant Chris Mayoh has moved from Bowling Park Primary to be ICT development co-ordinator at the International School of Moscow.
We wish all staff leaving us this year good luck and look forward to continuing working with them in their new roles.
As sad as it is to say goodbye to colleagues we would like to say a warm welcome to new school based Curriculum Innovation consultants Kate Jacklin and Jenna Mudd. Kate is working with us 3 days a week courtesy of Saltaire Primary School and Jenna will be joining us 2 days a week courtesy of Ingrow Primary. Both staff are excellent schools based practitioners and will be delivering to pupils at the new centre focusing on the new Computing Curriculum and improving attainment in Literacy through the effective use of Film and Animation.
This is my 10th year in the consultancy service and 2nd year as manager of the Curriculum Innovation Service; it has been a challenging and demanding year maintaining our award winning service and moving sites but I am very excited about the coming 12 months as we continue to deliver a quality provision to our partners and develop new and exciting relationships exploring creative and effective uses of new and emerging technologies across the region.