Bett opens its doors

Speakers include heads and tech experts from independent schools

Bett opens its doors today at the London ExCeL to discuss education technology and the future of the sector.

The event has attracted speakers from the independent education sector including Gavin Horgan, headmaster of Millfield School, who will be talking about educating the workforce of the future, and David Challoner, head of technologies at Benenden School, who will be talking about preparing future generations for work with edtech.

Rachel Evans (director of digital learning and innovation) and Suzy Pett (assistant head, teaching and learning) from Wimbledon High School will be discussing how they implemented a digital transformation at their school.

Neelam Parmar, director of edtech, digital learning and innovation at Ashford School, will be talking about creating shared purpose between IT teams, teachers and senior leaders.

On top of this, minister for universities, science, research and innovation Chris Skidmore will announce innovative plans to fund trials of assistive technology for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Taking place across the country in up to 100 schools and colleges, it’s the first programme of its kind in the world.

Bett will see exhibits from Google, SMART, Promethean, Spotify, HP, BBC Learning, Sparx and AWS (Amazon Web Services), as well as many more.

Furthermore, teachers will be taking part in EduFootyAid – a charity football tournament in partnership with Mind UK on Saturday 25 January, as one of Bett’s themes for 2020 is wellbeing.

Due to the increasing workload on teachers and social pressures on pupils, the game has been set up to highlight how the wellbeing of both students and staff across schools in the UK is central to providing positive learning environments.

The show will see two sets of awards recognising the best in edtech: the Bett Awards and the Global EdTech Startup Awards.

Read more about what’s on at this year’s Bett.

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