School of Education and Sociology


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Mr Simon Marsden

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Cert Ed, MSc Applied Computing, FHEA, MBCS
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer, Initial Teacher Training
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5343
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I have been working in education for over 27 years. I started as a Science teacher, before teaching Outdoor Education and then 16 years as a teacher of Computing and ICT at Springfield School. After undertaking a Master’s in Applied Computing at Portsmouth I became Curriculum Coordinator, Advanced Skills Teacher and latterly a Computing at Schools Master Teacher. I am now the course leader in initial teacher training for Computing.

I am a staunch advocate of OpenSource software believing that it allows schools to provide excellent, affordable and accessible solutions to children. My last school became a completely OpenSource school. I am interested in assessment and the use of E portfolios for presentation of work, collaboration and critical reflection. My main interest is all aspects of the teaching of computing and the cognitive benefits that this brings to learners.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the course lead for Initial Teacher Training (PGCE) Computing. I teach programming in the School of Computing.


I am currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.   My interest here is in the education of children to equip them with skills to understand and prepare against the threats of cybercrime.  I also have interests in assessment of children, online wellbeing, physical computing (especially with the Raspberry Pi) and block based computer programming languages.  


Research profile

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