Inspirational education



Bett 2017 continues to support the development of educational standards

Organisers of the world’s largest education show, has announced that, once again, Bett 2017 has surpassed all previous years.

35,000 people from the worldwide education community gathered at ExCeL London to be inspired and educated by the most innovative game changers within the sector.

A mainstay in the educational calendar for over 30 years, the event’s growing popularity with international educators is a reflection of the United Kingdom’s commitment to innovation in education. Bett’s increasing global appeal was evident, as education professionals from countries across the world flocked to London to join the UK’s education community in attendance.

Bett 2017 played host to some of the most effective, innovative new technologies in education, including those based on virtual and augmented reality.

Once again, the Learn Live continuing professional development (CPD) theatres offered content ranging from talks by rousing motivational speakers to education practitioners sharing advice and insight from their daily practice. These sessions were delivered across four dedicated Learn Live Theatres which covered primary, secondary, further education (FE) and skills, and special education needs (SEN).

Specialist summits for school leaders and higher education brought industry-leading practitioners together to network and share ideas, while a number of additional networking and fringe events – including the Microsoft Partner Village and Bett Futures, the area dedicated to game-changing start-ups – gave visitors access to an array of education solutions as well as business insight.

The Bett Arena welcomed keynote speakers including education visionary, Sir Ken Robinson; celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, actor and historian, Sir Tony Robinson; and the vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft, Anthony Salcito.

Nik Tuscon, managing director of Avantis, suppliers of the LearnPad tablet, said: “We had educators queueing up to speak to us; it has been insane!”

Hannah Howden from Teacher Portfolio, a Bett Futures exhibitor, commented: “Being in the Bett Futures area has been fantastic as there is a real buzz.”

David Langrish, marketing director at Ascential Events, said: “Bett is a community that has grown over its 33 years to encompass educators from across the world, and it’s their expertise and passion that underpins the event each year. I applaud the event’s 800 plus exhibitors, speakers and visitors for continuing to drive the development of education in the UK and around the world. I remain in awe of the passion and commitment of educators everywhere.”

To see the highlights from Bett 2017, please visit or tweet about your visit @Bett_show using #Bett2017. Bett 2018 will take place between 24 and 27 January 2018.