Former e-envoy heads up school IT


Former e-envoy heads up school IT

Antony Savvas

Former e-envoy Andrew Pinder has replaced John Roberts as the new chair of Becta, the government agency that oversees the use of IT in schools and colleges.

Welcoming the appointment, skills minister Phil Hope said, “Andrew was the prime minister's e-envoy and has worked in both the private and public sectors in his career. He will play a key role in driving forward technology in the education agenda.”

Pinder said, “This is a great opportunity. I firmly believe that technology is vital to the future of education, not for its own sake but for the benefits it can bring to teachers and learners, and Becta has a key role to play.

“I'm really looking forward to working with the education department, teachers, head teachers and industry.”

Owen Lynch, Becta chief executive, said the appointment would aid the government’s plan to overhaul the education sector’s use of IT.

Becta this week announced it would be looking at reviewing the way schools and colleges licensed software from Microsoft.

Pinder was e-envoy from 2001 to 2004. The post was replaced by that of government chief information officer, which Ian Watmore took over. A replacement for Watmore, who last week began work as head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, is being sought.

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