The Learning Dust Team

Dave Leonard

Andy Colley

Dave and Andy first worked together in 2003 and have been bumping into each other on a regular basis ever since, often whilst shaking their fists at inanimate objects such as computers, golf balls and Australian cricketers...

Dave makes the outlandish claim to have once had a proper job before working in education. He has been an ICT Technician, Network Manager, ICT Manager and Strategic IT Director in Rochdale since 2003. After brief but meaningful dalliances with Microsoft and Apple certifications he now collects Google badges and is holder of Google Certified Educator, Trainer, Administrator and Innovator awards. He has been promoting the use of educational technology in schools around the UK for a number of years and supports other IT professionals through mentoring schemes as well as through his role as an ANME Ambassador.

Dave believes strongly in making limited budgets stretch to their full potential by deploying free or low cost solutions. He is always mindful of ensuring that any technology deployed is purposeful and has real impact in the classroom. He has spoken on this and other topics at BETT and the Schools and Academies Show and published work for Education Executive.

Dave is a CEOP Ambassador, a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor and was honoured to be named the EduFuturists Network Manager of the Year in 2019. Outside of work he can be found watching Accrington Stanley, enjoying the occasional tipple and travelling the world with his wife and kids.

You can follow him on Twitter as @ITBadger, just don't ask him to tell you the story behind the badger thing without buying him a drink first...

Andy has been teaching ICT and then Computing since 2004 following a brief and terrifying stint as a technician & interim network manager until Dave turned up to rescue him. He gained Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2009 and has been steadily accumulating acronyms ever since. Currently he is a Lead Practitioner for T&L, ITT professional mentor and Computing At School master teacher at a large 11 - 18 school in Astley. Andy spends most of his time in the classroom and the rest of it mentoring trainee teachers, marking books, planning lessons, writing reports, doing break duty……..

Andy’s specialities are curriculum design and delivering CPD. He is a trained facilitator and has run sessions for over 1500 educators from a wide variety of primary, secondary and specialist settings. These sessions have included presenting at the National SSAT Computing conference, the CAS national conference and numerous TeachMeets. He has had articles published in ‘Switched On’ - the CAS magazine & on as well as working with the National Centre for Computing Education to design CPD sessions for non-specialist Computing teachers.

When he’s not at work, he’s usually with his kids, running/cycling/swimming or playing bass guitar.

Andy can be found on Twitter as @MrAColley and shares his lesson plans and resources at