Naace Resignation

My resignation letter sent to Naace earlier today:


Dear Lucinda,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my withdrawal with involvement with Naace. I feel the organisation no longer has anything to offer truly independent consultants like myself.

Throughout my career I have always played a marginal role in the use of ICT in education but have always stuck to my principles of independence and exploring innovative use of technologies to pull the teaching community together. My main area of focus over the years has been the development of Teaching Communities.

I now find Naace too skewed towards the demands of their corporate partners at the expense of the indie members.

The one scheme I felt I could make a contribution to in the last year garnered no response – I specifically asked to be informed about involvement in the proposed Action Research Network. This was something I felt I could have made a very concerted and constructive contribution to – and what happens – I get no response or further mention of the scheme.

I’m sorry but that was the one thing I was prepared to put time and effort into and it has vanished without trace?

So, therefore, I now resign from NAACE and the Fellowship. Naace has abandoned me and not me Naace I’m afraid.

Leon Cych

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5 Responses to Naace Resignation

  1. Roger Broadie

    Hi Leon,

    Don’t understand on two counts. Number one – you playing a marginal role in use of ICT in education is just plain not true.

    Number two – things proposed as activities Naace would like to engage with don’t always happen in the ways first thought of or in the timescales we might like, but that does not mean the idea is dead. Things happen in Naace because members make them happen. Naace support for RiskIT is a good example; it resulted from lots of effort from a member with Naace adding support when and where we could, and it is now gaining momentum.

    And there is plenty of action research happening in Naace activities, for example all the work the 3rd Millennium Learning Guides and schools making submissions for the Award are doing.


  2. John McLear

    Hey Leon, I’m truly grateful for your contributions and I do strongly believe Naace is still a required organization that attempts to stand between the classroom and politicians. I echo Mark’s sentiments that you will be missed.

    Naturally during times of conflict Naace may have swayed away from action and more towards diplomacy, I do hope that once these winds of change have passed you will consider rejoining and re-engage in providing a positive impact.

    It’d be good if we could get enough resources behind Naace so that each project could be well managed. Personally I think we should tax Google on every advert shown in schools.

  3. Gareth Davies

    It’s been a difficult time for all working in the educational ICT area, whether independent consultants, ICT teachers, LA Advisers or commercial providers. One might have thought that Naace’s past was linked to particular groups but it’s always reflected its members, their concerns and views. Like all organisations, those that get involved are seen to be the most prominent, but essentially it is what you make of it. Let’s remember that Naace, just apart from staying afloat, has done a fantastic job in the last 3 years. Here are some examples: 1) saved the SRF, consistently well thought of by schools engaged with it, from oblivion 2) saved the ICT Mark, valued by schools throughout the UK (not just England, how many ICT-related schemes can this now be said of), 3) engaged with curriculum reform rather than just opposed, 4) provided a balanced ICT curriculum when the subject was dis-applied etc. etc. All these activities have been by its members in a volunteer capacity, without subsidy or financial support from commercial enterprises. Naace can do more, but only if its members are inclined to pitch in. Ideas might be floated, but momentum can only be gained through the willingness of individuals to support each other in making things happen.

  4. Drew Buddie

    I am very sorry to read of your decision. I feel my joy at being elected as Junior Vice Chair of Naace earlier this month is now tempered with the sad realisation that you will not be part of the membership during my time in this (and higher) office.

    One of the high points of my Naace membership (and as a friend) was to see you shortlisted for the Naace Lifetime Achievement Award last year – that was some measure of the contribution you have made to the organisation over the years. You would undoubtedly have been as worthy a winner of that recognition as Lawrence (the eventual winner) was.

    You have always given unstinting support – frequently above and beyond the call of duty – to organisations like Naace & Mirandanet, and when we needed you, you were there. I would like to think that the converse is also true, and if ever you find yourself in need of help or support in any of your future endeavours, that you will find Naace there ready & willing to help you in any way that it can.

  5. leoncych

    I guess that is why it is time to part company – I feel out of kilter. Drew – as you know – I really do hate any type of award and I’m more than likely to spike any attempt at involvement in one. I have just turned down an invitation to celebrate 25 years of the poetry magazine I formed back in the 80’s as a case in point. Great I created that entity and it has lasted so long and evolved into an international magazine but it has a life of its own. My first and foremost interest has always been grass roots networking and activism across many areas not just education and I feel I need to give more time there at the moment. As Gareth says – if the membership is not interested in the same agendas and there is no interest then I am really not on the same wavelength. I am interested in Action Research but it seems not many others are. So I think it fair I bow out and work with partners who will make a positive contribution. I have limited resources and so I have to focus on the areas where I can have most direct involvement.