All change – City and Guilds boss Kirstie Donnelly lauds the positivity in FE revealed in new report
Kirstie DonnellyKirstie Donnelly: ‘a clear indication that FE is finally ready and willing to embrace technology’Are you reading this on a smartphone? An iPad or tablet? Or on a computer, prompted by a link you saw on Twitter? The fact is that digital is everywhere these days – including further education.

We’ve just released some research which clearly shows that the further education (FE) sector is finally ready and willing to embrace technology (see Technology in FE: Special Report). Of the more than 600 FE professionals asked, 80 per cent believe technology has the power to positively impact teaching and learning – a welcome response and one that I think even a year ago would have been very different.

 The Welsh guerrilla approach to learning with slow broadband - save, save and save again

Rhian JonesRhian Jones, North Wales headteacher with a perfect viewYou could almost get distracted from work at Ysgol Tan Y Marian – the view over the Irish sea and the local coastline up to Llandudno, with marine wind turbines gently turning in the distance, is so absorbing.

But this primary school had its work cut out as it developed its own ‘guerrilla’ approach to learning with digital tools – save, save and save again – as teachers and learners adapted to the then hit-and-miss quality of local broadband services.

ICT4C discovers just how much more schools will have to collaborate for curriculum reform
ICT4C panelThe ICT4C expert panel: facing the same issues as schools“There are more questions than answers” sang reggae star Johnny Nash. It could have been the theme tune for “Assessing - the way forward”, the conference staged in Leeds by the regional education support group ICT4C for school leaders and advisers across Yorkshire and Humberside
Not only are schools facing the uncertainties of a new curriculum in September – the 14 secondary schools in Hull have only two teachers between them who can teach the Computer Science element of the new Computing curriculum – but baselines do not yet even exist in some areas to help with assessment.

Want to personalise your school network? Call in your student digital leaders
Whitland digital leadersWhitland digital leaders Jared Rhys (left) and Jack BrennanWhat's the most time consuming task for teachers settling into a new learning platform? Personalising it for their own department or subject. That's why the task was given to sixth-form digital leaders (pictured right) when Dyffryn Taf School, in Whitland, became a pilot school for the Welsh education network Hwb.

The number one priority for this Carmarthenshire secondary school was to use Hwb+, the private section of the network, to transform learning and teaching and to create its own support services to ensure that. So this particular task became part of the sixth-formers' own learning too as they rolled up their sleeves to delve into Sharepoint, the underlying Microsoft technology..

The OCR exam board withdraws controlled assessment from Computing students, reveals Tony Parkin
OCR letter screenIn a major blow to thousands of students taking the OCR's Computing GCSE, the exam board has withdrawn the controlled assessment task for June 2015 that many of them have already completed – and in some cases have already submitted.

In a letter (right) to all teachers of "J275 GCSE Computing", OCR state that J275 GCSE Computing:Units A452 and A453 Controlled assessment are scheduled for immediate withdrawal, citing evidence of online malpractice.