Meet the team

Guy Shearer

Guy (@guyshearer) is DRET's Head of IT and Data and has worked as a teacher since 1987 in both the state and international sectors and has held deputy and head teacher roles.  He taught ICT and Computer Science and was recognised by Microsoft as a UK and European Innovative Teaching Award winner and 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 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. Guy is the overall lead for the DRET eLearning strategy and the link for the Primary South cluster. 




Ben Thompson

A long-time primary school teacher and SLT member who has previously worked across KS2 both in the UK and internationally. Ben has been involved in 1:1 device deployment and integrating technology in the classroom for many years and is a certified Google Trainer and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. In addition to teaching, Ben has been involved with both education and the private sector in Asia and the USA. Ben leads eLearning for Secondary West and Primary South clusters of DRET schools. As well as Google, he has a keen interest in school radio, movie making, green screening and Raspberry Pi. Don't ask him about his chickens if you want to get away any time soon.















Yasmin Tuck

Yasmin has a background in both resource development and teaching, specifically in the ICT and Computing specialism. She has taught both on Further and Higher Education courses and has also briefly assessed ICT Apprenticeships. Before starting with the Trust she worked as a Learning Technologist for a large northern college, and helped to plan and create online courses and delivered eLearning training for teachers. Within the team Yasmin is probably the most expert in Microsoft products but really loves any technology or apps that will make life better or easier. Yasmin leads eLearning for secondary east and primary north academies.