Back To Bett – Join Sound for Schools at Bett 2015

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It’s that time of the year again! The annual Bett (British Educational Training and Technology) show is only a couple of days away. Sound for Schools, returning for the 8th consecutive year, is hard at work in preparation for the event which will take place between 21 and 24 January 2015 at ExCeL London .

For those new to Bett, it is the world’s leading learning technology event and has been bringing innovation and inspiration to the education sector for over 30 years. With over 35,000 visitors expected this year, this is the must-go-to event of the year if you’re an education practitioner.

Summits, Seminars, ICT Exhibitions & Side Events…

Highlights and features of the event include summits, seminars and ICT exhibitions by the world’s leading brands in education technology and esteemed speakers.

The Summit on School leadership will tackle the constantly changing education space and how every school in the UK is looking at how to successfully transition through these changes.  At the School Leaders Summit the aim is to address these challenges, offering senior leadership teams of K-12 educational establishments the opportunity to learn, share and discuss the key and current issues facing the sector. With key themes such as STEM, coding and their integration in the curriculum, identifying and meeting SEN requirements, and showcasing the impact of technology in education.

The Technology in Higher Education Summit is a space specifically for higher education professionals to share ideas, discuss future predictions and funnel technology decision-making. Hear from peers as they provide insight into technology that has the potential to enhance student achievement, and how investments in ICT can lower the cost of running institutions in the future. Whether it’s meeting the next generation of student expectations or innovations in e-assessment, it is evident that investing in technology is a must for universities today. The Technology in Higher Education Summit further aims to assist professionals with making purchase decisions related to technology in higher education.

People attend Bett to be inspired and the Bett Arena does just that. Experience inspirational talks by keynote speakers at the event including the likes of Sir Ken Robinson, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan (MP, Secretary of State for Education), Professor Stephen Heppell (Chair, Educational Technology Action Group), and many more.

The highly recognised, Sir Ken Robinson (featured in our blog on the top 5 Ted Talks on education), provided the following clues to what we might expect from his talk at Bett: “I am delighted to be part of the international education community that will gather at Bett 2015 in London. In my keynote session, ‘Out of Our Minds: learning to be creative’, I will challenge many of the test-based, standardised educational reforms being pushed globally to reform’ education.” Sir Ken Robinson further stated that he looks forward to learning about what other education practitioners are doing to creatively transform education in their spheres.

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From left to right: Sir Ken Robinson, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, and Professor Stephen Heppell.

The Learn Live series taking place across five theatres will engross visitors with new teaching techniques, learning strategies and education technology, through seminars, workshops and live demonstrations. After attending the Learn Live series, you will be equipped to make a difference in your establishment through an arsenal of strategies tried and tested by leading education practitioners.

Another major highlight of Bett 2015 is the exhibition stands. There will be over 772 exhibitors present at Bett this year. The exhibitions are split into categories below.

Bett exhibitions

In addition to the event highlights mentioned above, there will be a number of fringe events taking place around the Bett main events such as the Apple Solution Expert Village, Bett Futures, and The Hub, where visitors can view a range of additional exhibits and talks.

Sound for Schools at Bett

Sound for Schools will return to the show for the 8th year and will be exhibiting two stands at Bett. Below is an idea of what you can expect to see at our stands.

Stand E330:  Sound Equipment for Mainstream Schools

PC Werth (Sound for Schools’ parent company) and partnered with FrontRow, the supplier of our highly commended Juno Systems, at our stand for mainstream schools and will showcase the Juno 3rd Generation Portable IR System – the world’s first and only multimedia speaker system with integrated lesson capture function and voice reinforcement! For more information on JUNO see our blog about the award winning classroom AV system. Also presented at the stand is the Sound for Schools voice optimising Hall PA & Performance System. Live demonstrations of the equipment will take place throughout the day.

JUNO AV system


Stand SN40: Acoustic Treatments for SEN

This stand will focus on equipment and technology for special education needs (SEN) such as acoustic treatments including Hushboards, as well as the Comfort Audio Digisystem – the world’s first all-digital classroom communication system for students with difficult hearing and is widely adopted by hearing specialists, teachers of the deaf and SEN teachers all over the UK.

Acoustic treatments

Irene Ruthford has participated in Bett for 26 years and has witnessed vast transformations in the education sector. She will be representing PC Werth and Sound for Schools again this year and commented the following on the tremendous event: “Since working with PC Werth I have had the opportunity to visit many classrooms and see what a difference it makes when a school has invested in speech ability sound systems like JUNO and how this helps children’s learning and teachers teaching. If children are unable to hear properly they are unable learn! I have seen many technology changes and every now and then you come across a new technology that really changes your perceptions of education”.

PC Werth is the sole UK distributor of FrontRow and Comfort Audio products and equipment. Be sure to visit us at Bett 2015!


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