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It’s about time…

Most of you reading this post will know a genius, I know a few but possibly the most talented of all goes by the name Simon Haughton.

Simon is a remarkable human being! Not only does he work so hard at his school (Parkfield Primary School in Rochdale – UK) but when he goes home, his drive to improve educational resources for teachers all over the world begins. This man has created some outstanding resources with no funding, whilst working hard on his day to day job at Parkfield and devoting time to present his passion around the North West of England at events like Teachmeets.

Simon, in my eyes is the modern day version of the ultra talented ‘design and build it in your shed’ engineers that you hear Jeremy Clarkson going on about. This is why I’m writing this post.

It’s about time that Simon was recognised and rewarded for his dedication, drive and passion for non-stop ideas realisation. I have watched over the last 18 months how Simon has created excellent resource and I couldn’t keep this blog post in for any longer! To see some of the things he has developed in his evenings and weekends please see these links:

Simon’s School Website: Parkfield Primary

Simon’s Infant Encyclopedia

Simon’s History Encyclodedia

Simon’s Geography Encyclopedia

Simon’s Blog with links to a whole load of goodies!

I’m sure you’ll agree when you have looked at the links above, his man is special, he’s young, he’s passionate, he’s driven and most of all, he loves doing what he does!

Simon is a national treasure – I just hope, for the good of Primary Education, he stays in the UK and will continue to be in a position to carry on providing us with brilliant technology gold for us to use with our pupils!

So my question is…What can we do to nurture and look after this natural God given talent?

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  1. Julian S Wood @ideas_factory
    February 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    He doesn’t need a shaver that’s for sure!

    But I wholeheartidly agree-Simon continues to amaze and inspire me.

    He is such a modest guy aswell and probably wont like the attention but well done Simon.

    Long may it continue.

  2. Chris Leach
    February 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Well deserved post! Simon has been a constant inspiration and help to me. Such dedication and creativity deserves to be rewarded!

  3. Mrs Duxbury
    February 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    The words spoken in this blog are so true and I am certain that everyone reading this and looking at Simon’s amazing work will shout in resounding agreement. To dedicate so much time, effort and obvious passion for improving children’s learning experiences, is truly remarkable and one that deserves so much accolade – even more so when you realise that he does all this expecting nothing in return. I recently met Simon at tmman and I was struck by his modesty and humbleness, a true champion of everything I aspire to be as a teacher and more! Well said David and thank – you once again to Simon!

  4. Alan Beedie
    February 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Wow! Very impressive, I’m sure we’ll make good use of these sites in school.

  5. Angela Lee
    February 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I agree with everthing said in this post. Simon works so hard for the staff and children at his school, he shares his expertise and dedication with many through twitter, teachmeets and all of his brilliant websites. He helps us to inspire the children in our schools all over the country. Well done Simon!

  6. ebd35
    March 11, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    I have had the pleasure to meet Simon in real life and his passion for what he does seeps out of every pore!! I wish that I had a small percentage of the energy that he has. Well deserved praise. Thanks David for taking the time to write what so many of us think about Simon.

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