We NEED parents reading at home with children, say UK teachers



BookTrust relaunches Children’s Book Week for schools and families to help avoid a generation of non-readers

01/11 2016 – BookTrust, the largest children’s reading charity in Britain today relaunches Children’s Book Week in a bid to help encourage more children to read for pleasure. Aimed at children of primary school age, the annual event is rolled out in partnership with several high profile children’s writers, schools and booksellers across seven different areas in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. This year, between 31st October – 4th November authors including Cressida Cowell, Nick Butterworth and Jon Mayhew will read stories, sign books and run interactive workshops to help ignite a love of reading in children.

New research released today by BookTrust, polling 500 primary school teachers across the UK, found nearly three quarters of teachers (71%) believe that children need support from school and home if they are going to become readers.

The survey also found:

  • Almost half of teachers questioned (49%) say the number one area that would help them encourage children to read more at school is if more parents prioritise reading with their children at home.
  • Nearly all of the teachers surveyed (95%) said they need more help and advice finding great books to get kids excited about reading.

Children’s Book Week celebrates reading for enjoyment in schools and encourages educators to make time to read for fun and not just focus on literacy testing. At the inaugural Annual BookTrust Lecture, Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain’s best-loved children’s story tellers, recently advocated for schools to reinstate Storytime at the end of every school day to keep the joy of reading alive. The War Horse author argued that testing in schools, whilst important, kills the joy of reading and that during the early years’ children first must experience the wonder and joy of storytelling. At the inaugural Annual BookTrust Lecture he said, “give them the love of the story first; the rest will follow.”

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of BookTrust said: “Children’s Book Week is a reminder of the widespread impact that books can have on our lives. There is evidence to suggest that children who read for pleasure are happier, healthier and do better in life. Making time to read with your children is essential for their development and wellbeing. All children should have the opportunity to engage with stories and rhymes as we know that this helps inspire a love of reading. Shared reading at home, and commitment from schools to demonstrate the fun of reading, both make a huge difference to attitudes and behaviour.”

One of the Children’s Book Week events is taking place at Elmhurst Primary School in Newham on 31st October where Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train your Dragon series will run reading sessions and interactive workshops with 360 Elmhurst pupils.

Shahed Ahmed, Head Teacher, Elmhurst Primary School said, “We’re delighted to be involved in Children’s Book Week and encouraging our pupils to read for pleasure is something we’re incredibly passionate about. Having someone as high profile as Cressida Cowell tell stories to the children, discuss their favourite books and get them interested in reading is fantastic. In fact, today Cressida will also be opening Elmhurst’s new library where the children had input in the books we chose for the shelves. We hope that our involvement in the event, as well as getting children to read in class and share their favourite stories with one another, will also encourage parents to do the same after school.”

Cressida Cowell, British children’s author, known for the How to Train your Dragon series said, “I love being part of campaigns like Children’s Book Week because they generate enormous excitement about reading and creativity. I really enjoy visiting schools and talking to children, and my message to them is that they can be writers or illustrators themselves. I began writing about Vikings when I was nine years old, and, decades later, those stories have evolved into a twelve-book series, and a film and TV franchise. The other wonderful aspect to Children’s Book Week is that it helps parents and schools working together to get children reading for pleasure. There’s a wealth of statistical evidence to show that a child who reads for pleasure has better life chances, is likely to be richer regardless of their education or social background. Reading a book with your kid (even after they can read independently) is an experience that will enrich both your lives.”

BookTrust’s Great Books Guide has been sent to every primary school across England, showcasing 60 books that are likely to appeal to children of primary school age. Children’s Book Week is part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign, which encourages families to keep reading together and sharing stories, even when children are beginning to read independently.

Bett 2017 shines the spotlight on education game changers



  • Bett is returning to ExCel London from 25 to 28 January 2017
  • The focus of the show is on game changers and best practice within education
  • Bett Futures returns to nurture edtech start-ups
  • The Higher Education Leaders Summit and School Leaders Summit address the growing emphasis on school leadership and business management
  • Learn Live seminars offer practical insight and techniques that can be implemented in classrooms across primary, secondary, further and higher 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 – those people, products 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 with a passion for improving the future through education and showcasing the very best the global education marketplace has to offer.


Key features at Bett 2017

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 David Carter 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 attracts more than 30,000 educators from across the world each year who come to see the latest and most innovative learning resources and to learn from the various seminars.


Bett is free to attend but to save time, pre-show registration is recommended: www.bettshow.com

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 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. 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.


Higher Education Leaders Summit

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. Developed specifically for Higher Education 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.


The summit will cover important 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.

Learn Live seminars

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 useful 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.


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 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.


STEAM Village

Following its success in 2016, the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Village will play host to a number of organisations supporting learning in the STEAM subjects. The Bett STEAM Village is an interactive space for teachers and students 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.

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.

For more information about Bett or to register, please visit www.bettshow.com.   

Brand new international e-Assessment Awards programme launched

The e-Assessment Association has announced the launch of a brand new awards programme to celebrate the use of technology to enhance assessment worldwide.


United Kingdom, November 1st 2016 – The first international e-Assessment Awards programme has been launched to highlight and celebrate the outstanding and positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment. Aiming to showcase the very best practice, research and innovation, the awards hold a unique position that cuts across all of education; from school, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams.


The award categories are: Lifetime Contribution, Best Use of Formative Assessment, Best Use of Summative Assessment, Innovation, Best Institution, Research, and Export.


The use of technology in assessment is widespread and growing. However, paper examinations still dominate and, regardless of sector, many of the barriers to e-assessment are the same. Lessons learned in one sector, can often inform another.


The e-Assessment Awards have attracted an array of international sponsors and the e-Assessment Association (eAA) is proud to announce ‘PSI Exams Online’ as its headline sponsor for the awards.


“With a track record in assessment spanning over 70 years, of which over 20 years has been in what we would recognise as e-assessment, we are only too aware that the pace of technological change in this field is greater than ever before,” commented Adrian Palmer-Geaves, Managing Director of PSI’s International division. “Only if we are willing to collaborate as an industry and share ideas and best practice, will we achieve the full potential of these advances.


“PSI hopes that the sheer range of entries, as well as the shortlist and awards themselves, will be the clearest indication yet of the extraordinary vitality of the technical innovation that is present in our industry today.”
For more information and to enter the awards, visit www.eassessmentawards.com