Former colleagues and his widow, Jill, mark the passing of Robin Ritzema, who unlocked many doors for ICT in schools
Robin RitzemaRobin Ritzema: 'brilliant strategist'Robin Ritzema, the senior civil servant who took charge of successive Government policies to bring schools into the age of the Internet and digital convergence has died aged 65.

Robin will perhaps be remembered in professional circles most for his visionary and enthusiastic commitment in creating and developing the UK’s National Grid for Learning with appropriately associated programmes for schools’ ICT infrastructure, broadband, content creation and teacher training.

Business can be pleasure too. SallyMcKeown talks to Kudlian's James Betts
Pirates competitionTry the Pirates competition on the 'Animate It!' websiteJames Betts has just been to India, courtesy of Sir Richard Branson. Despite the exotic location and the fine dining, this was no holiday but the chance of a lifetime for British educational technology company Kudlian Software to forge new business links and learn some lessons from one of the world's greatest brand builders.

Kudlian is rightly famous for its animation software and has spent much of the past two years refining its products and making contacts both in business and on the creative side. It has a new partnership with Aardman, creators of the iconic Wallace & Gromit movies, and together they have launched Animate IT! stop-frame software, including a mobile app version.

David Cameron
There's only one David Cameron for educators, and he's no MP. Douglas Blane reports

One secret of successful innovation is the ability to connect people, says David Cameron (pictured above). "It's about building a consensus between the creative and the powerful, recognising the value of each of those groups – which are not of course mutually exclusive – and being accepted by both of them."

It's a brokering role that David has performed for much of his working life, he now recognises – a life devoted to Scottish and more recently international education (see video below). "I've been saying similar things for years," he adds, "but people's responses change depending on whether you're a teacher or a director of education."

BETT 2013 is on the way, this one more than a little different. It is later in January, at new venue ExCeL and will call on the skills of new BESA director Caroline Wright. Sal McKeown caught up with her to find out more about the show and how she is enjoying her new role

How will BETT 2013 be different?
Caroline WrightCaroline Wright: 'a tough few years'It will be bigger and better than ever and suppliers have high expectations of the new venue. BETT is one of the first big shows at ExCeL since it was used to host Olympic and Paralympic events and it now has excellent transport links so we are expecting a good response.

Caroline WrightCaroline WrightCaroline Wright, new director of the education industry organisation BESA, brings experience of government and public sector media work to her new role when she replaces Ray Barker who is retiring after 12 years at the the end of May.

Her start with BESA, on May 14, coincides with positive market news from BESA research with Publisher Association member companies. This reveals that, despite government cuts, spending by UK primary and secondary schools in the first quarter of 2012 is up 8.6 per cent on the same period in 2011.