BY LINDA FOO GUEST
AWIRRAL teacher has created a mobile phone app which has made the top 10 download list.
Doug Stitcher’s app helps parents and teachers get to grips with the new national curriculum, which becomes statutory in schools in September.
The Pocket Curriculum, reached number eight in the education charts for iPhone on February 1.
In the overall charts, with more than one million applications in competition with each other, it was ranked 213.
The dad of two came up with the idea while attending a course with other teachers and noticed how they were all searching around for paper copies of the new curriculum, despite having tablets and phones in front of them.
Doug is a teacher at Townfield Primary School in Prenton, where he is also the ICT co-ordinator.
Previously he has taught at Higher Bebington Juniors School.
The 35-year-old from Irby said: “At Townfield Primary School we’ve always tried to lead the way with computing, and about three years ago I decided to try my hand at developing mobile apps and passing these skills on to our pupils.
“I saw that a simple app that could put all that information at teachers’ and parents’ fingertips would be incredibly useful.
“I’ve had five reviews from teachers across the country.
“It is available on Android for people to download too.
“I’ve built apps for celebrities, schools and football league teams in the past, but this is first time I’ve had this much success with one of my own apps.
“I feel passionately about teaching children to code in schools, and I’d like to think that the success of my app might inspire some of our pupils to develop their own.”
The Pocket Curriculum costs 69p to download and is available from the iTunes online store.