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Bett 2017: Driving education forward with EdTech

Leading global education event, Bett, returns to ExCeL London 25-28 Jan 2017, with a fresh focus on game changers within education

Posted by Hannah Oakman | December 16, 2016 | Events

With a history spanning over three decades, Bett is known for bringing together everyone with a passion for improving the future through education and for showcasing the very best that the global education marketplace has to offer. With programmes dedicated to policy and practice, governance, continued professional development (CPD), education technology, special educational needs, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) subjects, and creativity in education, Bett 2017 offers invaluable insight for everyone in the education sector – from teachers and school leaders to policy makers, suppliers, and industry experts. 

Since the last Bett show in 2016, we’ve experienced a year of significant change within the education sector; issues such as academisation, governance, selective schooling, teacher retention and the outcome of the EU referendum have been sources of lively debate. Bett 2017 will provide an arena for open and informed discussions about the future of education, and how each visitor can play a part in developing it. 

Bett Arena

One again, the Bett Arena will host inspirational talks from a number of high-profile speakers. Maarit Rossi, Global Teacher Prize winner, will host a panel discussion about what it takes to become a world-class teacher; Karen Blackett, chair at Mediacom, and Elspeth Finch, founder at Indigo&, will explore how the creative industries can achieve gender parity and remove the stigma of not offering a serious career; Ed Stafford, the renowned adventurer, explorer and broadcaster, will share his view on why the spirit of exploring is so important in today's world; and professor Stephen Heppell will share stories of some transformational bottom-up projects making an impact in today’s educational landscape.

Also in the Arena, Ger Graus, education director at Kidzania, will examine facts, thoughts and aspirations about a careers curriculum fit for the 21st Century and its children; Sir Tony Robinson will explain why he believes learning needs to be brought to life for maximum impact; Eric Sheninger, senior fellow at International Centre for Leadership in Education, will explain the importance of creating a sense of awe in the classroom; and Heston Blumenthal will discuss the opportunities provided by creativity, and why children and teachers alike should not be afraid to ask questions or to fail, arguing that, ‘If you question nothing you lose the essence of what it is to be human, because ultimately, we are imaginative beings’.

Bett Futures 

Bett Futures, a platform designed to nurture start-up companies in the education sector, is returning to Bett in association with BESA after two successful years. Bett Futures celebrates brave thinking, innovative new products and education game changers. It was designed as a unique, global platform for emerging learning solutions that would improve the lives of students everywhere. Bett Futures 2017 now looks set to shape the global education landscape while also supporting the British economy.

STEAM Village 

Following its success in 2016, the STEAM Village will play host to a number of organisations supporting learning in science, technology, engineering, maths and arts subjects. The Bett STEAM Village is an interactive space for teachers, students and parents to learn through exploration and play; a place for visitors to try out solutions and products while considering how they can be assimilated into the classroom to enhance education. Experts will be on hand to guide visitors through key STEAM topics, teaching methods, and new and emerging technologies.

A snapshot of exhibitors at Bett 2017

A huge range of EdTech suppliers will also be exhibiting at the show. Here’s an overview of just a few of them… 

CODIMG Video Analysis (stand TB4) is an 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.

Entreprenaws (stand 18, Bett Futures) is a game-based app for teaching children  about business, enterprise and life skills. Funded by Innovate UK, it’s been designed with children at every step. It connects schools, teachers, students and businesses to help everyone find their talents, through fun, playful experiential learning. 

Explain Everything (stand C478) is an easy-to-use design, screen-casting, and interactive whiteboard tool with real-time collaboration that lets you animate, record, annotate, collaborate, and explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. It provides teachers and students with an opportunity to share thinking, reflect upon knowledge building, and assess both products and processes of learning. As more schools and higher education institutions turn to 1:1 device deployment, Explain Everything continues to be a leading provider for rich learning experiences, teacher and student collaboration, and multimedia content creation. It is available for iPad, Chromebook, Android and Windows devices. 

Gebo Kano (stand A431) develops quality educational apps for primary and secondary students. Its apps are developed by teachers, tested by students and are designed to be educational as well as fun. It works with the idea that play and creativity are the greatest ways to learn. The apps that will be focused on at Bett are Word Creativity Kit and Magic Store Math, both of which have received great reviews, and Endangered Animals, which will be launched in January.

Genee World Ltd (stand B121) was established in 2005 and has rapidly become a leading manufacturer of interactive touchscreen technology, from hand-held tablets through to 4K screens. Based in the manufacturing heartland of the UK, Genee World delivers a range of interactive displays, visualisers and software for the education sector, all of which will be on display at the Bett 2017.

Groupcall (stand B188) will be marking its 15th year of innovation at Bett 2017, where you’ll be able to learn about the Groupcall Ecosystem. Messenger is the all-encompassing admin portal integrating award-winning parental engagement tools; Emerge, the app offering schools access to data and processes on mobile devices, has been extended to include Emerge Desktop, a teacher dashboard giving staff access to data and tools to streamline their administrative processes. Groupcall also supports Local Authorities and Multi Academy Trusts with multi-school reporting, performance and attendance tracking. Software developers interested in Groupcall Xporter or joining the Groupcall Ecosystem are invited to talk to the team about partnership. 

With LearnX (stand F450) students are the centre of attention. Its continuous focus on the learning experience is the reason for the positive impact it has created for its partners.  LearnX works with primary, secondary, higher and further education institutions to help improve and deliver on the digital teaching and learning practices. It provides end-to-end services that include the implementation of Learning Management Systems, creating innovative learning experiences, learning design, learning content, learning intelligence and also bespoke development.

LEGO Education (stand E150) provides hands-on resources for primary and secondary students, giving them the opportunity to explore computing and STEM in a way that brings topics to life, while also equipping them with the skills needed for the 21st century workplace. This year, LEGO Education will be offering visitors the opportunity to participate in computing and STEM workshops run by its partners, focusing on curriculum-aligned resources that demonstrate how topics can be applied to real-world concepts. You can book your slot at the LEGO Education stand by visiting the website.

LocknCharge (stand F380) is committed to making teachers’ lives easier by manufacturing high quality solutions for syncing, charging, transporting, securing and storing iPads, Chromebooks, tablets and other mobile devices. Technology has many advantages in the classroom, but unlike textbooks, tablets have to be ‘managed’. LocknCharge helps solve this problem.

SchooliP (stand 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.

MintedBox (stand F62) saves teachers time on Ofsted compliance and makes it easy for them to record the special educational needs of each student and to track their progress across different classes and subjects. Its digital seating planner also helps to improve student behaviour and attainment by ensuring that students are positioned for the optimum learning experience in the classroom. Since the launch of MINTclass, MintedBox’s digital seating planner, many additional features and modules have been added which include behaviour reporting, competency recording, parent reports (which meet the core need of the Government’s new assessment levels requirement), a Markbook to store students’ results and learning development, and a calendar system.

Bett 2017 is free to attend and will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 January 2017 at ExCeL London. For more information or to register, please visit You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @Bett_Show.  

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