College of teachersTechnology for a 'very different kind of contemporary professional association' – Angela McFarlane

If the starting gun for the College of Teaching, the new chartered professional body for the teaching profession, has not actually been fired, the finger is firmly on the trigger.

There is widespread and rapidly growing support from the profession, with more than 60 per cent wanting to join and pay their annual subscription, and five major unions and more than 450 individuals and organisations backing the proposal.

Jym WynneFounder of Education Fast Forward on the move again
Jim Wynn, one of the most successful UK school leaders to cross the line between school and the technology industry has moved from Promethean, where he was chief education officer, to continue his international consultancy work as chief executive officer of Imagine Education.

The move coincides with him taking the reins at Education Fast Forward, the change-agent global debate organisation that has just become an independent charity.

Angela McFarlane's career has never strayed from schools. Now she leads the College of Teachers 
Angela McFarlaneThe College of Teachers
is moving further into the world of digital learning with the appointment of Professor Angela McFarlane as its new chief executive and registrar.

An internationally respected educator, leader and researcher, as well as successful developer of digital resources, she will head this distinguished, UK-based organisation from June 16 2014. The college has a global membership and already offers a wide range of online professional courses. It publishes the Education Today journal.

David Hermitt hails an innovative teacher who uses humour to capture her students' imagination

Grace EardleyGrace Eardley, Year 11 form tutor and English and media studies teacher at Congleton High School, Cheshire, has quadrupled the number of students opting to study media at A Level from 5 to 20, and almost doubled the number studying at GCSE level from 12 to 23.

That this is only in her second year of teaching is a testament to her popularity and her reputation among the students, And it has been recognised by a nomination for the "Inspirational Teacher of the Year" category of the TES School Awards 2014 (to be announced this week).

A quest to present at a prestigious US cultural event is seeking 'crowd-sourced' funding at Kickstarter
Deborah DaviesNASA never had Deborah Davies' problem – just one month to raise the money for a spaceship.

Her overheads aren't as high though. This artist/educator, who operates where art meets technology, needs just £11,000 to get her spaceship sculpture concept, The Luma Module, built in time for the Burning Man 2013 festival in Nevada's Black Rock desert.