Overview of Bett 2017

by Lydia Goldman-Lam

Theme: Game changers in education

Bett, the leading global education event, returns to ExCel London from 25 to 28 January 2017, with a fresh focus on game changers within education; the people, products, technologies and organisations creating an impact on the way we teach and learn across the world.

With a history spanning over three decades, Bett is known for bringing together everyone who has a passion for improving the future through education, and showcasing the very best that the global education marketplace has to offer. With programmes dedicated to policy and practice, governance, continued professional development (CPD), education technology, special educational needs (SEN), STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), and creativity in education, Bett 2017 will offer invaluable insight for everyone in the education sector, from teachers and school leaders to policy makers, suppliers and industry experts.

Entrance to Bett and all its features is free of charge. However, online pre-registration is recommended to save time on arrival.

New for 2017: Higher Education Leaders Summit

The Higher Education Leaders Summit has been developed for 2017 to address some of the most significant challenges currently facing Higher Education. Open to 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 Higher Education 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 headteachers, deputies and other senior staff members, 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 Arena

Bett offers an unmissable opportunity for educators to receive free professional development. The Bett Arena will once again play host to inspirational speakers such as Sir Ken Robinson; Pi-Top, the build–it-yourself RaspberryPi Laptop creators; learning games provider, Lightneer; the Ministry of Science; the Finnish-based global research project, HundrED; F1 in Schools; and digital leadership visionary, Eric Sheninger.

Bett Futures

The Bett Futures area, designed as a platform to nurture start-up companies in the education sector, is returning to the show, following a successful launch in 2015. It will run in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

Bett Futures celebrates brave thinking, innovative new technologies and education game changers. It was designed as a unique, global platform for emerging learning solutions that would improve the lives of students everywhere. Bett Futures 2017 is set to shape the global education landscape while also supporting the British economy.

This year, the project aims to showcase up-and-coming businesses that promise to revolutionise education. Designed as a unique, three-year progression programme, Bett Futures offers developing start-up companies an opportunity to benefit from all that Bett has to offer, with heavily subsidised exhibition rates.

Learn Live

Practitioner-led ‘Learn Live’ seminars and workshops will address key issues in contemporary education, providing useful insight into the latest research, practices and policies affecting education worldwide. Visitors will come away from these sessions with innovative teaching techniques that they can easily implement in their own classrooms. 

STEAM Village

Following its success in 2016, the STEAM Village will play host to a number of organisations supporting learning in STEAM subjects. The village is an interactive space for teachers, students and parents to learn through exploration and play; a place for visitors to try out 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.

Bett 2017 is free to attend and will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 January 2016 at ExCeL London. For more information or to register, please visit www.bettshow.com. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @Bett_Show.