Bett 2017 shines the spotlight on education game changers

Bett, the leading global education event, returns to ExCel London from 25 to 28 January 2017 with a fresh focus on game changers within education; those people, products and organisations creating an impact on the way we teach and learn across the world.

With a history spanning over three decades, Bett 2017 has a number of key features visitors can to look forward to:

Bett Arena
The Bett Arena offers visitors sessions that mix practical advice, insight, inspiration and tools. The area was developed to showcase the individuals and products that are creating an impact in education. For 2017, alongside speakers such as Heston Blumenthal, Sir David Carter and Elspeth Finch, expect the return of Sir Ken Robinson, exploding science, provocative open discussion, 3D printed school dinners, collaboration with thought leaders and visionaries and world exclusive tech launches. Join 1,000 global educators in the Arena for a passionate, open, knowledgeable and playful look at how, together, everyone can create a better future through education.

Bett Futures
Bett Futures, a platform designed to nurture emerging edtech start-up companies, is returning to Bett following a successful launch at the show in 2015 and impressive growth in 2016. This year, the aim of Bett Futures is to showcase budding businesses that promise to be game changers in education and will run in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and the Times Educational Supplement (TES), along with other partners. The area celebrates brave thinking, innovative pedagogy, new products and education game changers. It was designed as a unique, global platform for emerging learning solutions that will provoke discussion and debate, inspiring attendees with practical ideas on how to improve their own educational practice.

Higher Education Leaders Summit
New for Bett 2017, the Higher Education Leaders Summit has been developed to address some of the most significant challenges currently facing senior leaders across Higher Education. Developed specifically for Higher Education leaders, this summit provides a valuable opportunity to hear about and discuss the latest legislation updates, pedagogy and leadership strategies. The summit will offer the opportunity to learn from Higher Education peers from the UK and abroad, sharing practical insights into the teaching and learning experience at universities across the world.

The summit will cover important topics such as the Teaching Excellence Framework, learning analytics and how to use them effectively in Higher Education, traditional assessment methods and their suitability with modern pedagogy, and the evolution of learning spaces within the digital landscape and how we can ensure student safety online.

Learn Live seminars
Practitioner-led ‘Learn Live’ seminars and workshops covering primary, secondary, Higher Education, special educational needs (SEN), Further Education and skills, will address key issues in contemporary education. These varied sessions will provide useful insight into the latest research, practices and policies affecting education worldwide. With leading speakers from across all walks of the education sector, these sessions are designed to provide practical teaching techniques that educators can take away and implement in their own classrooms.

School Leaders Summit
The growing emphasis on school leadership will be addressed in the School Leaders Summit, which will explore the most significant challenges facing senior leadership teams and how they can be tackled. This summit will also provide an opportunity for school business managers and senior leaders to network and collaborate to come up with forward-thinking solutions to improve school leadership.

Expanded for Bett 2017, the School Leaders Summit is separated into two streams. The first stream will focus on challenges, innovation and the future of education, probing into some of the biggest challenges facing senior school leaders. The second stream will address the practical and business challenges of leadership in education, making it the ideal session for school business managers and other members of senior leadership teams.

STEAM Village
Following its success in 2016, the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Village will play host to a number of organisations supporting learning in the STEAM subjects. The Bett STEAM Village is an interactive space for teachers and students to learn through exploration and play; a place for visitors to try out STEAM solutions and products while considering how they can be assimilated into the classroom to enhance education. Experts will be on hand to guide visitors through key STEAM topics, teaching methods, and new and emerging technologies.

A platform for educators, specialists and STEAM enthusiasts, the STEAM Village will host a series of panel discussions, dynamic sessions and live demonstrations, and present the latest initiatives, projects and approaches that are shaping STEAM education. Discussions will address key issues such as why we’re now talking about STEAM as opposed to STEM, how a STEAM approach can be integrated into teachers’ everyday practice, how to fill the digital skills gap with a STEAM approach, and bridging the gap between education and industry.

Free to attend, Bett attracts more than 30,000 educators from across the world each year who come to see the latest and most innovative learning resources and to learn from the various seminars. To register for free tickets and for more information, click here to visit the Bett website.  

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