Institute of Education


UCL Institute of Education wins a Bett Award

26 January 2016

Institute of Education - Bedford Way

UCL Institute of Education, as part of the TES Global team, has won the Bett Award 2016 for web-based whole school aids in the ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment category.

The Bett Awards are an annual celebration of the best technology in the education sector. Working together, TES and the IOE created online CPD courses to provide teachers with professional development through short, affordable peer-to-peer courses. Designed by teachers, the courses use real classroom footage to explore ways of teaching.

Each course features a mix of media, including short films, images and downloadable lesson resources, but the most important element is the integrated discussions that are part of every learning object.

Three IOE-designed and led courses (Primary Maths, Science and English) are already running successfully. The Maths CPD course encourages students to take a questioning and investigative approach to how numbers work; the Science CPD course stresses the importance of scientific inquiry in bringing the big ideas of science to life and in maintaining children's natural curiosity, and the English CPD course covers areas such as language development, reading and writing. A fourth course for Special Educational Needs (SEN) is due to launch next month, with a focus on lower secondary pupils. This SEN course will discover strategies to engage and motivate a wide range of learners, drawing on the four categories of need, as defined by the SEN code of practice.

Speaking of the courses, Helen Casey, Director for Business and Enterprise, IOE, said:

"The CPD courses bring together our strengths in Primary Education, Special Educational Needs and Educational Technology. With more entries than ever before, these awards are becoming increasingly difficult to win. We are thrilled that the Bett recognise the value in our CPD courses, especially as our unique approach allows students to study in their own time, learning from peers and experienced tutors."

Sue Rogers, Interim Pro Director for Academic Development and Enterprise, added:

"Congratulations to the team for this prestigious award. It reflects a considerable amount of hard work and commitment all round. The award also signals the importance of and potential for growth in enterprise activity at the UCL IOE"

Experienced IOE teacher educators lead the courses:
• Janet Davies : Primary English
• Esme Glauert : Primary Science
• Ayesha Craig : Primary Maths
• Amelia Roberts : Secondary SEN

They worked in close partnership with:
• Jim  Knight, Mike Shaw and Bill How from TES Global, TES institute
• Ben Dickey, Cornucopia Films

And received additional support and expertise at the IOE from:
• Sue Rogers
• Dom Wyse
• Jane Hurry
• Brian Creese
• Gill Brackenbury
• Anne Robertson
• Norbert Pachler

For many, the Bett awards are the most esteemed accolade in the industry. The winners are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.


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