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Laurie O’Donnell (@laurieod) leaves LTS Scotland where he has worked as Director of Learning and Technology for eight years building the internationally recognized GLOW Schools Intranet. The Scotsman Newspaper reported that film maker George Lucas said to the US House of Representatives: 

‘In what must rank as one of the most heady compliments ever given to an education system, the film maker announced to members of the US House of Representatives that America should adopt Scotland’s pioneering school websites as a way to improve pupil access to technology.’

Laurie is looking for consulting work in his area of expertise which is building consensus around a strategy and then going out to get the funds, and delivering it. All this in a public sector not famous for flawless delivery.

Here is what Laurie says on his Web site Laurie’s Learning Blog:

“After eight great years with LTS I have decided it is time for a change.

I am going to leave my post as Director of Learning and Technology in the summer to start up my own business.

The plan is to develop a portfolio career picking up bits and pieces of work here and there and helping out where maybe I can make a difference. I want to continue working in the learning and technology space – where I have been for the last 10 years full time and to some extent throughout my career as teacher, school manager and local authority officer.  However, I am also interested in trying my hand at some new things and keeping my options open.

It all feels a bit risky giving up a brilliant job in the public sector during a recession but it just seems like the right time for me. I need a new challenge and I think there are opportunities out there to build on my experience at LTS. Lets hope so!

I will really miss the great people I have been lucky to work with at LTS and across the country and recognise how privileged I have been to hold this post and be involved in all the major developments in education at a national level.

One thing I won’t miss is the 170+ miles round trip, commuting between Broughty Ferry and the centre of Glasgow three or four days a week. It’s not just the distance it’s the 4 hours of travel that eventually starts to impact on quality of life. Hopefully the 0652 train will disappear from my daily routine.

Anyway this is much more about seeking new challenges to develop, grow and continue to make a contribution. I feel optimistic, and at 48 believe I still have a lot to offer.

My leaving date has been confirmed as 30 June and over the next 98 days I hope to be able to find some time to reflect on my time at LTS and the challenges that lie ahead. Watch this space …”