Education tech chief quits


Education tech chief quits

Tash Shifrin

Michael Stevenson, director of technology at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), is to leave his post after just a year in the job.

In a statement, the department said Stevenson would leave at the end of the month “in order to pursue new interests”.

Stevenson moved to the technology role in August 2005, after joining the DfES as director of strategy and communications in 2003. He had previously been joint director of factual and learning at the BBC.

The DfES expressed gratitude for Stevenson’s contribution over recent years, particularly for his part in refocusing the work of Becta, the agency with responsibility for supporting strategic IT developments across all four UK education departments.

“As a result of this, Becta is now in a position to drive implementation of the e-strategy and play a leading role in taking forward our work to put ICT at the heart of learning and teaching,” the DfES said.

The DfES’s e-strategy, “Harnessing Technology – Transforming Learning and Children’s Services,” was published in March last year with the aim of improving efficiency and transforming teaching and learning through IT.

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