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Bett 2017 to focus on education game changers

Bett will return to the ExCel London from 25-28 January 2017 with a fresh focus on game changers within education and offering visitors a number of new features.

The Bett Arena will offer sessions that aim to provide attendees with a mix of 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, there will also be provocative open discussions, collaboration with thought leaders and exclusive tech launches.

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 followed by growth in 2016. This year, the aim of Bett Futures is to showcase budding businesses that promise to be game changers in education and it will run in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and the Times Educational Supplement (TES), along with other partners.

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. This summit provides an opportunity to hear about and discuss the latest legislation updates 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 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.

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 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.

The growing emphasis on school leadership will be addressed in the School Leaders Summit, which will explore 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.

Following its success in 2016, the STEAM Village (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) will play host to a number of organisations supporting learning in the STEAM subjects.

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.

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