RBCs used aggregation for ICT savings. Do schools’ financial freedoms undercut them, asks Neil Watkins
Spoilt for choice? The time is now right for schools to pick and mix IT resourcesSince the arrival of the Coalition Government in 2010 schools have been given more control over budgets, enabling them to buy what they want, from whomever they want. And this trend has been applauded by most schools.

But with the new drive to make every school in England an academy, does financial freedom mean that schools are in danger of missing out on some of the benefits offered by historical Government funded agencies like the Regional Broadband Consortia (RBCs)?

College of teachers’A series of powerful networks, of people, content and communications – technology enabled in the best sense of that term’Technology for a 'very different kind of contemporary professional association' – Angela McFarlane

If the starting gun for the College of Teaching, the new chartered professional body for the teaching profession, has not actually been fired, the finger is firmly on the trigger.

There is widespread and rapidly growing support from the profession, with more than 60 per cent wanting to join and pay their annual subscription, and five major unions and more than 450 individuals and organisations backing the proposal.

David Hermitt hails an innovative teacher who uses humour to capture her students' imagination

Grace EardleyGrace Eardley: 'making a difference'Grace Eardley, Year 11 form tutor and English and media studies teacher at Congleton High School, Cheshire, has quadrupled the number of students opting to study media at A Level from 5 to 20, and almost doubled the number studying at GCSE level from 12 to 23.

That this is only in her second year of teaching is a testament to her popularity and her reputation among the students, And it has been recognised by a nomination for the "Inspirational Teacher of the Year" category of the TES School Awards 2014 (to be announced this week).

Jym WynneJim Wynn: still globe-trottingFounder 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.

Angela McFarlane's career has never strayed from schools. Now she leads the College of Teachers 
Angela McFarlaneThe College of Teachers
Professor Angela McFarlane
is moving further into the world of digital learning with the appointment of Professor Angela McFarlane as its new chief executive and registrar.

An internationally respected educator, leader and researcher, as well as successful developer of digital resources, she will head this distinguished, UK-based organisation from June 16 2014. The college has a global membership and already offers a wide range of online professional courses. It publishes the Education Today journal.