#Bett2017: Changing the face of education worldwide

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Bett, the leading global education event, returns to ExCeL London from 25 to 28 January 2017, offering free continuing professional development (CPD) which will equip educational professionals with the tools and insights they need to become game changers in education.

With seminars dedicated to educational technology, special educational needs (SEN), STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) teaching, school leadership, best practice and more, Bett is the place to be for everyone with a passion for driving change and improvement within education. A host of industry experts, innovative solution providers, policy makers and educators will also be on hand at the event to share their knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

Bett Arena

One again, the Bett Arena will host inspirational talks from a number of high-profile speakers. Maarit Rossi, Global Teacher Prize winner, will host a panel discussion about what it takes to become a world-class teacher; Karen Blackett, chair at Mediacom, and Elspeth Finch, founder at Indigo&, will explore how the creative industries can achieve gender parity and remove the stigma of not offering a serious career; Ed Stafford, the renowned adventurer, explorer and broadcaster, will share his view on why the spirit of exploring is so important in today‘s world; and professor Stephen Heppell will share stories of some transformational bottom-up projects making an impact in today’s educational landscape.

Also in the Arena, Ger Graus, education director at Kidzania, will examine facts, thoughts and aspirations about a careers curriculum fit for the 21st Century and its children; Sir Tony Robinson will explain why he believes learning needs to be brought to life to be most effective; Eric Sheninger, senior fellow at International Center for Leadership in Education, will explain the importance of creating a sense of awe in the classroom; and Heston Blumenthal, will discuss the opportunities provided by creativity, and why children and teachers alike should not be afraid to ask questions or to fail, arguing that ‘If you question nothing you lose the essence of what it is to be human, because ultimately, we are imaginative beings’.

Bett Futures

Bett Futures, a platform designed to nurture start-up companies in the education sector, is returning to Bett in association with BESA after two very successful years. Bett Futures celebrates brave thinking, innovative new products and education game changers. It was designed as a unique, global platform for emerging learning solutions that would improve the lives of students everywhere. Just one example of the many startup companies that will be exhibiting in the Futures area of Bett is Dinantia – the all-in-one communication tool that allows schools and teachers to send unlimited messages to parents’ and students’ smartphones, in real time, without sharing any phone numbers. All messages have legal validity and can include attachments and questions, reducing the administrative burden placed on schools. So come along to stand 27 in Bett Futures to find out more.

STEAM Village

Following its success in 2016, the STEAM Village will play host to a number of organisations supporting learning in the STEAM subjects. This is an interactive space for teachers, students and parents 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.

Continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities:

Higher Education Leaders Summit

New for 2017, the Higher Education Leaders Summit has been developed to address some of the most significant challenges currently facing senior leaders across Higher Education (HE). Open to HE 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 HE peers from the UK and abroad, sharing practical insights into the teaching and learning experience at universities across the world.

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 today 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.

Bett 2017 is free to attend and will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 January 2017 at ExCeL London. For more information or to register, please visit bettshow.com. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @Bett_Show.


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