Educationalists are taking CPD seriously at BETT 2009, proving technology in education is no longer an option

This year, BETT, the world’s largest technology in education show, has seen interest in its renowned seminar and CPD programme soar, with 30 per cent more educationalists booking places than last year, resulting in over 3,000 reserved seats for 2009. On average, each seminar attendee is booked on three seminars. Held at London Olympia from 14-17 January 2009, BETT offers teachers, leaders and local authority decision makers the chance to participate in an array of educational seminars.

These figures suggest teachers and leaders are addressing the recommendations made in Jim Rose’s recent independent review on primary schools in England, published on 8 December 2008, which stated that primary schools should place a stronger emphasis on ICT. Rose reported that computer skills should be given the same importance as reading, writing and arithmetic, and children should be taught how to use podcasts and PowerPoint presentations in primary education, to prepare them for secondary school.

The numbers also support Schools Minister Jim Knight’s comments made at the ICT for Education conference in Birmingham in July 2008, that: “We (Becta) want every educational institution to harness technology’s potential, every teacher and student to use it confidently”.
Keith Clifford, marketing manager of BETT organiser, Emap, comments: “The substantial rise in seminar bookings proves that BETT is the place to learn more about technology and its effects in the classroom. With technologies increasingly becoming integral to education in the UK and abroad, BETT is not only the place to touch and test the resources on offer, but to learn exactly why using technology makes such a huge difference to the learning experiences of today’s children.”

This year, seminar sessions respond to the show’s key themes, including techniques to enrich the curriculum, personalised learning, management and leadership and the modernisation of schools (BSF). With best-practice techniques core to the programme, visitors can attend practitioner-led sessions that showcase the very best in innovative and creative teaching practice, seek advice from a series of keynote speakers including Government agency seminars and attend SEN-focussed topics. If you would like to join the number of educationalists already booked in to an insightful seminar session, visit to search through the seminar programme and book your place.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, BETT continues to be at the forefront of innovative solutions to assist schools to exceed education standards. Visit to register today, and to learn more about the features, exhibitors and seminars at BETT 2009.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, BETT has evolved into the world’s largest technology in education event. With over 29,000 visitors and 700 educational exhibitors in 2008, BETT continues to support creative teaching and learning by enabling practitioners to touch and test resources, debate ideas and continue their professional development. BETT 2009 will run over four days from 14 – 17 January at Olympia, London. For more information on BETT 2009, please visit:

Emap Ltd is a leading business to business media group and the largest UK exhibition organiser with brands in education that include BETT, the BETT Awards, The Education Show and the Scottish Learning Festival.

Source: Mango Marketing