To help us think about what is needed to create a long-term vision and plan for education in England, Carl Ward (FED Chair), hosts a series of ‘In Conversation With’ videos with significant influential individuals to help move our thinking forward.
This week we are delighted to present our latest instalment with FED Council Member Al Kingsley. Al has over 30 years’ experience in the technology sector predominantly with his work on educational technology and digital safeguarding. For the last 25 years he has been the Group Managing Director of NetSupport, an international software company developing software solutions designed to support the effective use of instructional technology both in classrooms and remotely. , From his experiences at NetSupport working with Ministries of Education around the globe and with his additional responsibilities outside of the company, Al has a unique mix of technical and educational knowledge which allows him to speak nationally and internationally on the effective use of technology in supporting educational outcomes. Al is also Chair of Two Multi Academy Trusts and an RSC Board member.
Carl discusses with Al why he thinks the work of the FED in promoting a long-term plan for education is so important and his personal passion for building a world-class education system. Al outlines his thoughts on the future of edtech and its role in underpinning great teaching and learning. They discuss how the pandemic has accelerated a ‘digital vision’ and how the skills agenda is of key importance as the world changes.