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Experience edtech at its best at Bett 2016

The world's leading event for learning technology returns to ExCel London on 20 January - here are some of the highlights

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 11, 2015 | Events

Renowned for providing an environment that supports innovation, highlights quality and enhances the UK’s reputation for cutting edge products, Bett 2016 promises to be the best show to date. 

Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event is once again set to provide education professionals with an opportunity to see, touch and test the latest and most ground-breaking technologies, providing them with a taste of how those tools can be used to revolutionise learning and boost school performance.

The packed programme of speakers and workshops are tailored to help schools get the most out of edtech

With the number of schools becoming academies rapidly on the rise, Bett will be providing a jam-packed programme of CPD, workshops and networking opportunities tailored to help schools and academies of all levels get the most out of their investment in technology in light of the changes they face.

  • Speaking in the Learn Live Secondary theatre at 3pm on Thursday 21 January, Nathan Ashman, lead teacher of new technologies at St Wilfrid's CofE Academy presents his talk titled ‘New Tech CPD for Digital Dinosaurs’. His session will share his personal experiences in changing teacher attitudes towards technology through different approaches to CPD. 
  • Also presenting in the same theatre at 4.30pm on the Thursday will be John Sibbald, assistant principal at Manchester Communication Academy. John’s session will provide teachers with practical advice on collaborative learning in large teaching spaces, using real time video footage of lessons to demonstrate how the use of technology supports this approach to teaching and learning. 
  • On Friday at 4.30pm, the Learn Live Secondary theatre will welcome Jennifer Hart, assistant headteacher at Ashmole Academy, to the stage. Jennifer will be offering advice on how to launch a one to one iPad scheme, following the successful roll-out in her academy among the sixth form students, staff, students and parents. As Jennifer enters the second year of the programme with her sixth form students having iPads and the second year of using Firefly, she will be sharing how these technologies have supported the use of flipped learning strategies in her classes. 
  • For primary academies, the Learn Live Primary theatre will host a range of interesting and relevant sessions including Kirsty Tonks, assistant principal and teaching school director at Shireland Collegiate Academy, who will be discussing “What’s all the fuss about ‘Flipping Learning’?” Taking place at 10.30am on Friday 22 January, Kirsty will take a deeper dive into the journey of MathsFlip; an Education Endowment Foundation funded project which looks at the impact so far of adopting a Flipped Learning method with year five and six pupils in Mathematics.  Along with Jen Devaney, the Project Manager at Shireland, Kirsty and Jen will demonstrate how using technology to deliver this methodology can accelerate and deepen the learning for their pupils.
  • Once again, nasen will host the SEN Information Point, providing visitors with a valuable insight into policy changes and statutory requirements including the new SEND Code of Practice.
  • The education sector’s trade association and the co-founders of Bett, the British Educational Suppliers’ Association (BESA), will be running the main Information Point, with the BESA team on-hand to help visitors plan their visit and get the most from the day.

Bett 2016 is free to attend; for more information or to register, visit

Keep up to date with the latest news and announcements by following @Bett_Show on Twitter, and join #BettChat fortnightly on Tuesdays at 4:30pm, to discuss topics at the heart of the industry. 

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