Jeanette Atherton

Curriculum Leader: FE

Jeanette Atherton


Graduated in 2006 with Lancaster University Honours Degree in Internet Media Technologies and began teaching that same year. Initially started out teaching primarily Higher Education but as Further Education began to grow at the college, found teaching these young and aspiring people rewarding and challenging. Responsible for arranging open events and links to Blackpool primary and secondary schools to engage students in IT activities.

Became curriculum leader for FE in 2012 and works alongside Curriculum Manager to maintain quality in curriculum development, delivery and assessment. Currently manages the T Level Digital Design and Development programme. Ardent commitment to improving recruitment of females in the IT industry. I am a keen programmer and a firm believer that anyone can learn to code. Inspiring students to have their own ‘coding light bulb’ moments is the best part of my job.

Expert In...

Systems Analysis and Design, Software Design and Development (Python, C++, Visual Basic), Game Design and Development, Graphic Design (Photoshop, Illustrator).

Qualifications and Accolades

City and Guilds Level 3 Programming in ‘C’
BSc (Hons) Internet Media Technologies (Blackpool and The Fylde College 2006)
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Blackpool and The Fylde College 2008)
Managers Essentials Diploma (Blackpool and The Fylde College)
BTEC Lead Internal Verifier
Award for outstanding success on programme (2010,2012)
Highly Commended for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2016)
Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator (2019)

Industry Background

Previous industry experience in database design and development, small office network installation and maintenance, PC build and repair.
Continued links with employers are vital to stay current with skills required by industry.
I undertake five days industry placement each year and was fortunate in 2018 to be placed at IBM headquarters in London.

Professional Activities

I have been involved in the Blackpool initiative ‘Primary Futures’ to raise aspirations of young primary aged children by means of focus groups and IT workshops.

Why B&FC?

Computer science and digital technology evolves at an accelerated pace. In computing we employ cutting edge technology to equip our students with the best experience of an industry work place environment.


"They told me computers could only do arithmetic."
Grace Hopper, Computer Programming Pioneer