Tim Martin looks at the best bits of Bett 2017

Tim Martin looks at the best bits of Bett 2017

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SBMs can expect to be wowed at this year’s Bett extravaganza – always a key fixture in edtech and school business management. We get the lowdown on what to look out for, including a school leaders’ summit that is sure to be a big hit

Bett returns to ExCeL London on 25 – 28 January 2017 and is once again set to address some of the most significant challenges facing the education sector in what has been yet another year of momentous change. To help SBMs get the most out of the four-day show, here are a few highlights of what you can expect plus a selection of innovative solutions and resources that will be on display…

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 Tony Robinson, Ed Stafford 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 key influences 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. 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.

School Leaders’ Summit

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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. The 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 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. Here’s an overview of some of the topics you can expect to be covered in each stream…

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