East Ayrshire Council and Dunfermline company shortlisted for prestigious Bett Awards

Gavin Oattes (Managing Director at Tree of Knowledge)

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EAST Ayrshire Council and a Dunfermline-based educational training provider are finalists for the prestigious Bett Awards, which recognise global excellence and innovation in education technology, and will be awarded at Bett UK 2024 – the world’s biggest EdTech show

Tree of Knowledge, an educational services provider based in Dunfermline, and East Ayrshire Council have been shortlisted at the Bett UK 2024 Awards – a celebration of the most innovative solutions, technologies, and organisations transforming the lives of students and educators worldwide.

The Bett Awards are a highlight of Bett UK, the world’s biggest EdTech event. Taking place at London’s ExCeL Centre from 24-26 January 2024, the show will bring together more than 30,000 educators, innovators, and changemakers from around the world. Tickets for Bett UK 2024 are available online

Produced in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the awards recognise excellence across all realms of EdTech, from digital platforms for monitoring student progress to online resources supporting teacher training.

Tree of Knowledge, which offers a range of inspirational workshops and transformational leadership programmes for all ages and sectors, has been shortlisted in the category of Wellbeing Digital Wellness & Safeguarding Resources. Its new online platform, Treehouse, provides support for health and well-being education in schools and colleges, with lesson plans for educators and guidance aimed at students.

East Ayrshire Council has been shortlisted in the category for Collaboration with a School, in recognition of its partnership with Promethean, a global EdTech solution provider. Promethean, which designs learning tools such as interactive displays to enhance student engagement, has been working closely with William McIlvanney Campus in Kilmarnock to help it embed digital learning practices and solutions within the classroom.

In the category for Collaboration with a School, Northern Ireland-based company Texthelp has also been recognised for its partnership with Midlothian Council, through which thousands of students and staff across 38 schools have benefited from its literacy support tool, Read&Write. Families across Midlothian are able to use the software – which assists with proofing work, reading out loud, and word comprehension – for free on their own devices. It is particularly useful for enhancing educational inclusion for SEND learners.

Gavin Oattes, Managing Director at Tree of Knowledge, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Wellbeing Digital Wellness & Safeguarding Resources category at this year’s Bett Awards. Being recognised as a finalist at the Bett Awards, which are a benchmark of excellence in educational technology, is a testament to the determination and creativity of our team, and highlights our mission to integrate digital tools in the learning and teaching experience. It is also brilliant to be a part of this global community of EdTech leaders who are so deeply committed to developing innovative solutions that make a genuine difference to the lives of educators and students. I’d like to congratulate all those shortlisted, and wish them the best of luck at this year’s Awards.”

Charlotte Kenny, Head of Client Engagement at Bett, said:    

“A huge congratulations to East Ayrshire Council and Tree of Knowledge. They should be immensely proud of the contributions that they are making to transform the education landscape through their innovative and groundbreaking EdTech solutions. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Bett Awards ceremony, which is set to be a truly memorable evening.” 

The winners will be announced at the Bett Awards Ceremony, taking place on 24 January 2024 at The Brewery in London. The full shortlist can be viewed on the Bett Awards website

Bett UK’s 2023 edition brought together 600 EdTech companies and 400 speakers from 123 countries. The 2024 event promises a host of new features, including TableTalks and Tech User Labs, which leverage Bett’s groundbreaking technology platform to enable educators to collaborate with peers and experts. The event will also provide a greater focus on inclusive education, with more on neurodiversity and special education needs and disability, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers to improve their EdTech knowledge and purchasing expertise. Additionally, the programme will offer a deeper dive into AI’s impact on education. Bett UK 2024 will also see the return of the show’s two other flagship prizes: Kids Judge Bett and the Design4SDGs Design Challenge.   

Participants can register their interest for Bett UK 2024 online.  

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