The national education technology association, Naace, today announced the appointment of Dave Smith, computing and online safety adviser at Havering’s Education Services as its new Chair.
His appointment comes at a time when Naace is increasingly being recognised as the organisation from which schools and colleges can gain advice on the effective use of education technology. For four decades, Naace has worked with successive UK governments and non-government organisations (NGOs) to keep UK PLC at the forefront of the use of education technology to improve outcomes for learners. Naace continues to be the umbrella professional association, representing the voice of the UK education technology community at a national and international level.
With 15 years of experience in education technology, including the last 10 in the London Borough of Havering, Dave Smith is set to support CEO Mark Chambers in driving forward a number of exciting new opportunities. These will include a Procurement Advisory Service, innovative accreditations through The Naace Open Badge Academy, and providing essential guidance to those schools who recognise that collaborating with an independent body is fundamental to improving their effective use of education technology. The fact that schools engaging with the Naace Self Review Framework (SRF) have performed significantly better when measured by Ofsted, compared with other schools, puts Naace in a strong position to influence the UK government to ensure that education technology is at the heart of the nation’s education system and enables Naace to reach out internationally to build partnerships with likeminded organisations who share Naace’s principles.
Commenting on his appointment, Dave Smith said: “I am honoured to represent Naace as its new Chair. I came into education to improve life chances for children and young people and I saw education technology as a way to help this further. I’m certain that Naace is an organisation that has a pivotal role to play here and collectively, I hope that we can continue to work to put the children and young people first, through the work that we do here at Naace.”