Bett Awards shine a light on the best of edtech 2020

Winners of the Bett Awards received a trophy at the awards ceremony and dinner

The Bett Show 2020 is in full swing, bringing together more than 800 leading companies, 103 pioneering edtech startups and over 34,000 visitors.

The Bett Awards, an association with BESA, are a recognised highlight of the event and took place on Wednesday night, honouring the ingenuity and innovation that lies at the heart of the edtech sector.

A total of 20 awards were granted to the industry’s brightest and best. The shortlist featured established players and up-and-coming brands, making for a fun-fuelled evening of celebration and presentations. The winners of each category are as follows:

CategoryWinner
Impact AwardNorthern Education Trust
Innovator of the YearMEL Science
Best Educational Resource for Parents or Home LearningEasyPeasy
Early Years ContentWinner: Pearson – Power Maths Reception

Highly Commended: Yellow Door – Pre-coding Penguins App

Primary ContentMaths Circle – Times Tables Rock Stars
Secondary ContentLearning by Questions
Classroom Aids for Learning, Teaching and AssessmentFiction Express
Free Digital Content or Open Educational ResourcesWinner: Encounter Edu

Highly Commended: Mathigon

Educational AppsSir Linkalot
International Digital Educational ResourceTexthelp – Read&Write
Digital DevicesTTS – Rugged Robot
Leadership and Management SolutionsWinner: Assembly – Part of the Community Brands family

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Highly Commended: SCR Tracker

Whole School Aids for Learning, Teaching and AssessmentWinner: Learning Ladders

Highly Commended: imoves

Service and SupportLondon Connected Learning Centre
Special Educational Needs SolutionsTwin Science and Robotics – Twin Science Kits
Higher Education or Further Education Digital ServicesArduino Engineering Kit
Collaboration with a SchoolRoyal Shakespeare Company and Samsung with Welcombe Hills School
Exporter of the YearAvantis Education
Company of the Year (less than £3m turnover)Best Practice Network
Company of the Year (more than £3m turnover)Scanning Pens
Outstanding Achievement AwardTony Cann CBE

Julia Garvey, operations director at BESA, said: “Every year we are amazed at the breadth and quality of entries, and this year was no different. All the entries were of a very high standard, from companies both big and small, showcasing the best of education technology in the UK. Ultimately the winners were those products that meet a genuine teaching need and help improve the educational outcomes for students.”

“Each year the range of entries surprises us with applicants’ energy, professionalism and levels of innovation.  In turn, our pool of judges is strengthened and replenished each year so that we are able to respond with matching energy, professionalism and skilled, informed responses,” said Gill Budgell, director and consultant publisher at Frattempo Ltd, as well as one of the Bett Awards’ judges.

“This year was another exhilarating array of products and resources with one common goal:  to enable educators to improve educational outcomes for learners. What a privilege it is to represent the industry!”

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