Bett convenes UK edtech changers

Bett – a fixture on the UK education technology scene for over 30 years – returns to London this week. This year’s show focuses on education game changers – the individuals, events and products that have had the biggest impact on helping us discover exactly what’s possible. Sue Murray previews.

RoboticsWith a history spanning over three decades, Bett is known for bringing together everyone who has a passion for improving the future through education, and showcasing the very best that the global education marketplace has to offer.

With programmes dedicated to policy and practice, governance, continuing professional development, education technology, special educational needs, STEAM subjects and creativity in education, Bett 2017 offers invaluable insight for everyone in the education sector, from teachers and school leaders to policymakers, suppliers and industry experts.

This year’s show will also address some of the most significant challenges facing the education sector in what has been yet another year of momentous change.

Since 2016, we’ve experienced a year of significant change within the education sector. Issues like academisation, governance, selective schooling, teacher retention have been lively sources of debate alongside the outcome of the EU referendum. Bett 2017 provides an arena for open and informed discussions about the future of education, and how we can play a part in improving it.

New this year, The Higher Education Leaders Summit has been developed to address some of the most significant challenges facing higher education. Open to leaders, this summit provides a valuable opportunity to hear about and discuss the latest legislation updates, pedagogy and leadership strategies. The summit will provide the opportunity to learn from higher education peers from the UK and abroad, sharing practical insights into the teaching and learning experience at universities across the world.

In our School Leaders Summit, we’ll explore the most significant challenges facing headteachers, deputies and other senior staff members, and how they can be tackled. This summit will also provide an opportunity for school business managers and senior leaders to network and collaborate to come up with forward-thinking solutions to improve school leadership.

Edtech game changers 

CODIMG Video Analysis (stand TB4) is affordable and accessible software aimed at improving performance. CODIMG works with organisations worldwide to optimise daily routines by analysing areas for improvement. Activities are recorded and sequences of interest marked, which can then be used for in-depth analysis. The constructive feedback function ensures better performance.

Edurio (stand E50) provides an innovative web platform for schools/school networks to manage and explore student, parent and teacher feedback. Users have access to research-based surveys and can explore the insightful, interactive analysis of results. EdurioSolo offers individual teachers a free tool to collect student feedback in their classrooms.

SchooliP (G70) is an online software platform that supports leaders and managers to improve teacher effectiveness through streamlining performance management, professional development and improvement planning. The software promotes teacher effectiveness by understanding the information leaders need to make managing staff performance an efficient and effective process.

Best Futures is back in 2017, in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association, offering visitors the chance to meet the innovative startups driving forward the next generation of learning; the little companies with the biggest ideas.

It was designed as a unique, global platform for emerging learning solutions that would improve the lives of students everywhere. Introduced back in 2015, Futures celebrates brave thinking, innovative new products and education game changers, with 50 of the very best startups bursting on to the education scene.

In addition, the Bett Futures seminar theatre will feature a programme of sessions designed to provoke debate and inspire visitors with practical ideas on how they can continue to transform teaching. Key themes include:

  • Showcase sessions from emerging edtech startups
  • Effects of developing technologies on student-teacher relationships
  • Stepping back to ‘re-imagine’ the curriculum
  • Working together to tackle online safety challenges: parent, teacher and student perspectives.

Sue Murray is managing director of Mango Marketing. Bett 2017 is free to attend and takes place from 25-28 January at ExCeL London. For more information or to register, visit  @Bett_Show.