Education Show and Bett Academies recap

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Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th March saw educators from throughout the UK and beyond head to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the Education Show and Bett Academies. We were encamped in the latter for the first two days, meeting educators to film Innovation Bursts, as well as find out how we can help school leaders raise their profile through our events and our community-driven activities. Here are some of our highlights.


Bett Academies itself aimed to bring together edu-leaders to discuss the key issues that they are facing today. Speakers such as Sir David Carter, Cathie Paine, Emma Knights and Toby Young sharing their first-hand experiences and advice on academies with the audience, with the conversation continuing amongst the crowd and along to our stand.


As with the Bett Show earlier this year, we were delighted to have such a variety of educators visiting us to film their own Innovation Burst video. For example, The Phonics Fairy stopped by to share insight into teaching phonemes through storytelling. The University of Roehampton’s Miles Berry, meanwhile, enthused over Project Quantum, which allows teachers to shake up how they deliver Computing lessons.

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There were even some duos making their own videos, too. Nesta (human) and Lola (canine) from Nesta’s Ask discussed how SEN pupils can benefit from animal interaction, while Mark Robinson and his epic beard from Rocksteady showed how pupils can learn music through playing in school rock bands!

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On the Friday, our founder and managing director, Michael Forshaw, took to the Central Feature stage, where he was invited to share Innovate My School’s vision, as well as the work we’re doing with schools throughout the UK and beyond, to the gathered crowd. Michael then introduced the next session, which was run by Margaret Allen from Renaissance Learning, and looked at how books of varying difficulty can be used to stimulate children’s learning.


Looking at the likes of SAT reading papers analysis and books such as The Dot by Peter H Reynolds, Michael and Margaret considered the data generated and explored how teachers can guide children towards suitably challenging books.


To view our full selection of 62 Innovation Burst videos, visit www.innovatemyschool.com/videos.

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