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.
Those attending Bett Academies (NEC, Birmingham) on 17th March will get the chance to hear Andrew Fields, CEO of Aspire Academy Trust, discuss the shape of the new educational landscape. Presenting at 13:45 on the Friday of the event, Andrew will be reminding us of the opportunities that this new educational landscape offers academies and MATs.
At Bett Academies (16-17 March, NEC, Birmingham), Tom Rees, headteacher and director of Northampton Primary Academy Trust (pictured above, far left), will be sharing his school’s journey to becoming part of Northampton Primary Academy Trust (NPAT). He will also be explaining why, for better and for worse, it’s a marriage worth maintaining. The seminar session at 14:55 on Friday 17th March is free to attend, and is designed to give schools alternative ideas around gaining academy status.
The Education Show will be coming to the NEC, Birmingham next week (16th-18th March - find Innovate My School at Bett Academies stand D8), and offering teachers the opportunity to learn more about the latest issues in education, meet fellow educators from across the country, and discover exciting new methods and resources to enhance the way we teach and learn in the UK. With an entire theatre dedicated to special educational needs (SEN), this area of the show is set to be as insightful and inspiring as ever!
To meet the ICT needs of their teachers and learners, UTC (University Technical College) Oxfordshire enlisted the services of RM Flex, who deliver an ICT support service which offers cost savings, service benefits and best practice that partnership working provides. In May 2015, UTC Oxfordshire selected RM Education to provide their IT support and to help shape their ICT strategy.
The line up of high-profile industry pioneers at Bett Academies (16th-17th March 2017, NEC, Birmingham) has grown to offer inspiration for senior leaders in academies, MATs and schools exploring academisation. Running alongside The Education Show at the NEC Birmingham, Bett Academies is free to attend and offers visitors the highest quality continuing professional development (CPD), advice and guidance. Innovate My School will be at Stand D8, so be sure to come by and say hello.
“The PE Passport is without a doubt the best use of sports funding we have spent.” - Headteacher, CHPS
Designed by Primary school teachers specialising in Primary PE, the brand new Primary PE Passport is delighted to be exhibiting at the Education Show this year for the first time (Stand GG91). It is the only app available for Primary schools specifically designed to support teachers, subject leaders and senior leaders with the tools they need to plan, deliver, assess, monitor and evidence the impact of high-quality PE.
With the latest update from Microsoft to OneNote class notebook you can now connect Skooler learning management tools – enabling teachers to create Skooler assignments from directly inside OneNote. Skooler also worked with the Microsoft team to introduce multiple grading schemes for OneNote assignments and we’re proud to be the launch partner for this functionality.
At this year’s Education Show (NEC Birmingham, 16th-18th March), attendees will see the launch of Bett Academies (16th-17th March), an event designed to meet the needs of the increasing number of schools with, or that are converting to, academy status. Innovate My School (Stand D8) is partnering with the Bett Academies team here, with the event set to be the national centre of excellence dedicated to providing the very best advice, guidance and inspiration to academies, MATs and schools exploring academisation.
Aspire Training Solutions and Succeedin Limited are have joined forces to bring their online PECS (PE Curriculum Support) platform to Primary schools across the UK. Both Aspire (Stand L55) and Succeedin (Stand K54) will be exhibiting at the Education Show (16th – 18th March) at the Birmingham NEC, with educators invited to visit and discuss how the companies can support primary PE delivery.