A FORMER teacher who now helps schools to get the best out of technology is made an OBE in the King’s Birthday Honours.

Niel McLean, of Ealing, is head of education at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. His honour is for services to education.

He chairs the Learning Foundation and is also chair of trustees at the Digital Poverty Alliance, which aims to eliminate digital poverty in the UK by 2030.

He managed the university-based Network of Excellence in Computer Science, a government-funded programme that trains teachers for the new computing curriculum.

Mr McLean said: “I’ve been privileged to work with some very dedicated colleagues who I’d like to thank as, without them, I would not have achieved this recognition.”