Join us at Bett 2020 for free CPD workshops – and more

Following last year’s Bett success – we won the coveted Service and Support award and gave an acclaimed talk on critical literacy in the main arena – we’re delighted to be back again in 2020, and this time we’re hosting a whole day! Read on to find out more…

CLC Bett show

Our Big Bett News is that we’re partnering with Bett to deliver a day of award-winning CPD on Friday, 25 January. It’s part of Bett’s commitment to increase its educator-led CPD content and we’re thrilled to have the run of both the North and South Hall’s Professional Development Theatres to bring you six fantastic workshops led by our teaching, learning and technology experts. The sessions include:

  • Pedagogy and future software developers with Scratch, with Rowan Roberts
  • Schools – saving time, working smarter, with Peter Lillington
  • Enhancing primary history and geography with digital technologies,  with Peter Lillington and Caitlin McMillan
  • Technology in early years with Sarah Horrocks and Louise Wade
  • Storytelling with digital technologies with Sarah Horrocks and Caitlin McMillan
  • Leadership of technology and digital strategy with Sarah Horrocks and Peter Lillington

The workshops are completely free and are run on a first come, first served basis so please do arrive in plenty of time before the start time to be sure to get a place. We’ll also have some very special offers lined up for Bett attendees so make sure you don’t miss out!

Bett awards

The Bett awards are always an exciting time and this year even more so as we’re finalists for not one but two shiny awards. After last year’s success in the Service and Support category, we’re now on the shortlist for that category again PLUS we’re through to the finals for the Collaboration award. It recognises how an organisation has worked with a school in an innovative way to have a transformative impact and we’re celebrating our work with Iqra primary School when we brought headteacher Humaira Saleem’s vision of technology-enhanced learning for all pupils to life. Read more about it here.

The Service and Support shortlisting recognises our outstanding technical and curriculum support. We are proud to have a measurable impact on each school we support. 99% of teachers tell us that pupil learning outcomes improve following attendance at our curriculum support workshops and CPD sessions and 98% say that their own teaching practice will improve following attendance at these events (18/19 academic year).

What’s else is new at Bett 2020? Here’s what Bett have to say…

The 36th edition of Bett UK takes place on 22-25 January 2020 at the ExCeL London – and with an expanded offer of show features and content, it is an unmissable date in the global EdTech event calendar. Find out more about this year’s edition below.

A bigger, better Bett event Advancing education is what Bett is all about. We’ll once again be providing a platform to push the sectoral conversation further.

Over 34,000 educators and leaders from the UK and overseas will be there, ready to engage with more than 800 EdTech suppliers, SMEs, and start-ups. What’s more, we’ve arranged a line-up of 300 of the most influential figures in teaching and learning today.

An unrivalled guest speaker agenda

The educators, leaders, and EdTech pioneers you need to hear from are coming exclusively to Bett UK this year. We pride ourselves on giving our visitors the chance to hear from those changing the way we think about education and technology – and that’s exactly what we’re offering in 2020.

The first wave of speakers includes globally recognised figures and finest educational minds in Britain, including:

  • Linda Liukas – Author of “Hello Ruby” and Tech Evangelist
    Presenting in the Bett Arena, 23 January 2020, 10:45: One Hundred Languages
  • Professor Daniel Muijs – Head of Research, Ofsted
    Presenting in the Education Show Theatre, 25 January 2020, 11:30: Broad and Balanced curriculum
  • Arjana Blazic – Teacher Trainer, Croatian Ministry of Education
    Presenting in the Schools Theatre, 23 January 2020, 17:30: International TeachMeet
  • Dr Sue Black – Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, Durham University
    Presenting in the Bett Arena, 24 January 2020, 10:45: If I can do it so can you
  • Jos Finer – Head of Organisational & Staff Development, University of St. Andrews
    Presenting in the Higher & Further Education Theatre, 23 January 2020, 16:40: Mentoring without walls
  • Carol Allen – Education Advisor for ICT and Inclusion, Hartlepool LA
    Presenting in the Schools Theatre, 23 January 2020, 13:15: Supporting children with speech, Language and Communication needs followed by, at 16:00: Whole school SEND strategy and Planning
  • Bart Verswijvel – Senior Advisor, European Schoolnet Partnership
    Presenting in the Schools Theatre, 23 January 2020, 17:30: International TeachMeet

Check out the full agenda and our speakers updates at

The Education Show at Bett

For the first time in Bett’s history, we will be integrating the Education Show fully inside the event in the North Hall.

Hundreds of suppliers will be there, showcasing the products essential for the health and wealth of educational institutions around the world.

We’ll also be offering accredited CPD-led sessions, covering a wide range of topics on educators’ needs in the brand-new Education Show Theatre, for a complete picture of modern education.

Six new inspirational content themes

We have introduced six new themes to structure the conference programme, ensuring every learner and educator can benefit from this year’s content. They include:

  • Innovation
  • Wellbeing
  • Empowering Teaching & Learning
  • Inclusion, Social Mobility and SEND
  • Future Tech and Trends
  • Skills

Our newly appointed Advisory Board, made up of the industry experts, has steered our content in the right direction and to make sure our finger is firmly on the pulse when assessing the latest developments in the education industry.

“Bett provides a hub to connect together like-minded and engaged educators around technology,” says Advisory Board member, Jon Audin of the University of Winchester. “Once a year, everything that you need around the field of EdTech and its use can be found under one roof. With talks, teachers, students and companies sharing the latest practise and ideas it encourages the searching questions of whether this technology will make a difference to students we teach.”

Expanding Bett’s CPD offer

Teacher and leader development is essential to what Bett is all about. With this in mind, the event’s programme of educator-led sessions has been expanded. In 2020, you’ll find more CPD driven content than ever before.

Visitors will benefit from a diverse range of peer-to-peer learnings, insights and expertise. We have also invested in fresh CPD-focussed features, including the launch of the Professional Development Theatres, offering free workshops to educators of all levels.

Better navigation for a higher return on time

We know. Bett is busy. Very busy. Getting a strong return on your time is vitally important.

It will be easy to navigate around Bett 2020. The floorplan has been simplified, making it simple to find the solutions, products and partners you want to see, have better, productive conversations, and take back better technology and learnings to your schools.

The show is now split into six different events zones each with a different focus:

  • The Education Show
  • Equipment & hardware
  • Management solutions
  • Teaching Tech
  • Learning Tech
  • Global Showcase

Further networking opportunities at Bett

Bett 2020 will have more networking opportunities onsite, with a Staff Room for educators to have space to discuss the content sessions they’ve experienced and reflect upon what’s inspired them.

On top of this, we have the [email protected] networking app, which will enable visitors to set up meetings with relevant exhibitors and fellow educators to help them maximise their time.

Join us at Bett UK 2020

Bett 2020 is open for visitor registration. Join us at the latest instalment on 22-25 January 2020 at the London ExCeL. Register now!

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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