Founder 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.
“I am delighted to be working with Imagine Education and leading their work in the use of technology to improve teaching and learning," he said. "And equally delighted that we have been able to take Education Fast Forward and turn it in to an independent, forward-looking education charity that brings the best thinkers on education and economics together to collaborate and debate on how to improve the lives of millions of young people across the globe.”
At Promethean, the global technology company that grew from the Blackburn-based whiteboard producer, Jim Wynn was responsible for its education strategy group that steered the company’s strategic thinking and direction in education matters and product development. His new role with Imagine Education, an education consultancy company, enables him to continue working as a trusted adviser to governments worldwide, and to other organisations as they explore the intelligent use of technology to improve teaching and learning. Imagine Education is already known to many through the innovative work of Jim Wynne's new colleagues, director of education Baldev Singh and managing director Adrian Blight, both former teachers.
Reform high on the agenda
He is also working on new ideas for re-engineering curricula and assessment and CPD (he founded the work on Unesco's Competency Framework for Teachers). He is also involved in a number of initiatives to try to accelerate the productivity of the learning process and has co-authored white papers on the subject. This links to his founding of the Education Fast Forward charity a worldwide movement which debates those issues and encourages action from policy-makers to the classroom (see also "If teachers are the key, how do they unlock learning?" about EFF10 and “Tablet fever or mobile learning for the masses? EFF11”).