A DIGITAL star from Holmes Chapel is having a hand in shaping the future of technology in education.

Max Rottier, a student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, is one of just eight students from across the country chosen to sit on Britain’s first Digital Youth Council.

The council, founded by Virgin Media Business, is part of Generation Tech, a national campaign to explore the role of technology in education.

The newly-formed council held their inaugural meeting in London recently. The students, aged between 9 and 17, recognised the importance of making digital part of their lessons but said unreliable equipment and a lack of training were deterring many from adopting new approaches.

On January 21, the council presented their perspective on digital issues to thousands of teachers at British Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT), an annual trade show that showcases the use of information technology in education.

The council rubbed shoulders with many influential figures and took the stage after Sir Bob Geldolf.

Speaking about the conference, Max, 15, said: “It was very nerve wrecking. There were a lot of people in the crowd. We all sat down together beforehand though and discussed what we going to say so we were fine when we got up there.

“It’s a unique opportunity, being able to influence the future of technology. My friends and my school have been very supportive and are really interested in what I am doing.”

Gerry Arthurs, director of public sector at Virgin Media Business, said he has been amazed at the wisdom and insight of the council members.

He added: “It shows that pupils not only understand the issues at stake when it comes to technology – they actually have a better grasp than most adults.

“It’s vital that we build on this understanding and support the next generation to ensure the UK stays at the forefront of digital innovation. Undoubtedly this panel includes some business and technology stars of the future – and I am looking forward to supporting and learning from them in the coming months.”

Max will be meeting Sir Richard Branson at the next meeting of the Digital Youth Council on Thursday March 5.