The world’s leading education show returned to ExCeL London in January - The Bett show attracted 35,000 people from the worldwide education community. And with a huge range of new secondary education aids on display, plus a number of speaker sessions and workshops dedicated to best practice and innovation in SEN education, it was a must-attend event for all in the world of special educational needs.
More than 700 exhibitors displayed their solutions to the challenges facing the education sector – not least those aimed at enhancing the educational experience of those with SEN.
High-profile speakers were also in attendance, such as celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, education visionary, Sir Ken Robinson, actor and historian, Sir Tony Robinson and vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft, Anthony Salcito.
Ascential Events, organisers of Bett, say the show surpassed all previous years.
David Langrish, marketing director at Ascential, said, “Bett is a community that has grown over its 33 years to encompass educators from across the world, and it’s their expertise and passion that underpins the event each year. I applaud the event’s 800 plus exhibitors, speakers and visitors for continuing to drive the development of education in the UK and around the world. I remain in awe of the passion and commitment of educators everywhere.”
More than 35,000 people from the worldwide education community gathered at the huge event to be inspired and educated by the most innovative thinkers within the sector.
Amongst the new technologies on show were those based on virtual and augmented reality.
Once again, the Learn Live continuing professional development (CPD) theatres offered content ranging from talks by rousing motivational speakers to education practitioners sharing advice and insight from their daily practice. These sessions were delivered across four dedicated Learn Live Theatres which covered primary, secondary, further education (FE) and skills, and special education needs (SEN).
Specialist summits for school leaders and higher education brought industry-leading practitioners together to network and share ideas, while a number of additional networking and fringe events – including the Microsoft Partner Village and Bett Futures, the area dedicated to game-changing start-ups – gave visitors access to an array of education solutions as well as business insight.
Nik Tuscon, managing director of Avantis, suppliers of the LearnPad tablet, said, “We had educators queueing up to speak to us, it has been insane!”
Hannah Howden from Teacher Portfolio, a Bett Futures exhibitor, commented, “Being in the Bett Futures area has been fantastic as there is a real buzz.”
Bett 2018 will take place between 24 and 27 January 2018.