Dave Youl has been a great support to our School over the last couple of years. Amongst other things he has helped us develop an ICT Strategic Plan, successfully implement a new Learning Management System, and manage the process to find a new ICT Manager.
Dave always ensures that any ICT decision benefits both educational and Kingdom outcomes. He has a strategic focus and looks beyond the day to day requirements. I highly recommend Navigate Education to any School looking to stretch their ICT capacity.
Chris Boyce - Business Manager - Maitland Christian School - October 2020
Rapid advances in technology are changing the way we think and work within the context of a school. At Southern Highlands Christian School we are striving to be more efficient, agile, responsive and better informed than ever before.
David Youl has a unique ability to synthesise the demands these goals place on the execution of technology within our education institution with a Biblical worldview. He emphasises that technology is part of God’s creation and that the presence of digital technology is a reality that our students will face for their entire lives. As such, we need to teach them to discern when and how to effectively engage with technology, that they might live for God’s glory in all they do.
David has led the Southern Highlands Christian School’s IT Steering Committee capably in creating a suite of ICT policies and procedures to drive implementation within our School according to our specific needs and unique requirements. With his help, we have been able to establish a snapshot of our current ICT capabilities and practices, identified improvement opportunities, established priorities and created a strategic ICT implementation plan.
It is our hope that through this process, our SHCS students will graduate with the experience, discernment and self-control necessary to use God’s good gift of technology in a way that glorifies Him.
Andrew Middleton - Principal - SHCS - February 2021
Dave Youl provided great support in the hiring process for my Director of ICT and Integrator. His support of the entire process gave me confidence in the outcome. From the wording of the ad and the compilation of the section criteria through to shaping the interview questions and assisting with the actual interviews and selection process, Dave's leadership and insight was invaluable.
His understanding of Christian schools coupled with his own desire to see IT developed from a Christian perspective enhances the process. He has a deep understanding and offers great insight into assisting schools align their IT direction with their own vision and mission. Dave continues to provide ongoing support for my Director of ICT and Integrator. I highly recommend Navigate Education.
Sharon Sopher - Principal - Belmont Christian College - December 2018
David Youl is an excellent strategist in the area of I.T. He combines a deep understanding of the technology needs of schools of all sizes and how I.T. can support the teaching and learning of students.
In a time where technology options change at a dizzying pace, he has helped lead our school make wise choices in this complex area. He has a well-grounded approach to I.T. that takes into account the many ways in which the technology impacts in other areas of the school.
David has also shown the ability to think as a Christian into this space, and the strategic plans he has developed show a clear and deliberate link to how they fit into the vision and mission of a Christian School.
Bill Rusin - Principal - Covenant Christian School (Sydney) - November 2018
Over the past decade, it has been a great privilege of mine to watch Dave and his team grow and develop an ICT agenda that aligns with the schools vision and mission. Dave has shown that it is not only possible, but thoroughly appropriate and consistent, to apply a biblical worldview perspective to the strategies and planning of ICT.
For educators to boldly make claims that Christ is at work in all areas of school life, then engaging with experts like Dave in the ICT space is essential. I highly commend this ministry that Dave is engaged in to serve Christian schools.
David Gray - Director - National Institute for Christian Education - November 2018
We have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dave Youl over many years now. We have been blessed by his expertise and his genuine desire to see IT integrated into every school he works with, in a way that honours God.
His approach to this often complex area, is such that those who work with him feel enabled, rather than inadequate. This is such an important trait for any educator, and certainly consistent with biblical model of teaching.
Here at OCS we have been delighted to have Dave work with us in formal consultation, and as a trusted critical friend. His insight and trouble-shooting capabilities have been greatly valued and we look forward to continuing this relationship into the future.