Your best Bett

Plans for next year’s Bett show at London’s ExCel are well underway. Here are some of the highlights

For independent schools looking to safeguard their future, financial planning is key. Investing in the right products and services to suit a school’s individual needs plays a part in this, but with so many available, it’s important to know that you are making the right decisions. Bett returns to ExCeL London from 20 to 23 January 2016 to help schools make these decisions by providing education professionals with an opportunity to see and experience the latest classroom technologies.

Now in its 32nd year, the four-day event will play host to more than 700 companies showcasing their products and services through various workshops, demonstrations and seminars. Visitors have the opportunity to test the products and speak to experts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits the different technologies offer in teaching and learning.

Visitors to Bett 2016 can also take advantage of the free training sessions offered in a number of dedicated theatres. The programme features seminars, workshops and CPD-certified Learn Live sessions, all delivered by industry experts and practitioners. The website has details of the full programme.

Elsewhere at the show visitors will be able to discuss their needs and interests with companies and organisations including: 

• For visitors looking for an AV and software solution, Specktron will be on stand G380 showcasing its interactive displays, projectors, white boards and visualisers. Specktron aims to make these technologies cost-effective for all schools.

• On stand D140 Frog Education will be showcasing FrogProgress, an end-to-end software solution that enables schools to set their own curriculum, track a child’s progression, report results and identify where a child needs help and extend learning at home.

• Schools are invited to join the robot revolution on stand F42, where Robots in Schools will be launching a world first: a humanoid robot that can programme using Scratch, the programming language used in most schools. Designed for key stage 1 and key stage 2, the integrated package includes hardware, software, lesson plans, training and support.

• On stand F310, GO 4 Schools will be demonstrating how it supports whole-school improvement by enabling schools to collect and share classroom data in real-time. Go 4 Schools helps schools with instant self-service statistics, online attendance and behaviour tracking, streamlined student reporting and online reports for parents.

• Texthelp will be on stand C141 showing schools why it believes that literacy is every student’s passport to academic, social and professional success. Its user-friendly literacy and learning solutions provide support through reading, writing and research features which can be used at each step of the educational journey.

• On stand D100, DfE-recognised, EU-tendered procurement framework Think-IT is inviting schools to find out more about using IT effectively. Think IT creates a change programme tailored to a school’s individual needs, providing cloud-based solutions covering 18 categories, including connectivity, single sign-on and virtual desktop.

To help visitors plan their days at Bett 2016, the education sector’s trade association BESA will again host the show’s main information point on stand B138. If you have any questions or simply want to ensure you are using your time effectively, the team will be on hand throughout the show.

Bett is free to attend and you can visit the website for more information and to register. You can also follow the show on Twitter @Bett_Show or join #BettChat every other Tuesday at 4.30pm to discuss topics relating to the industry.

Bett 2016 runs from 20-23 Jan 2016 at ExCel London W:

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