Meet Emerge companies at Bett 2018

The end of January is here and that means one thing for the UK edtech community: the annual Bett conference is upon us and consuming the attention of most anyone with an interest in education technology. Among its exhibitors and panelists, you will find a number of Emerge companies — and this year, Nic Newman, partner at Emerge Education, will share his views of what makes for effective edtech at a final-day roundtable hosted by the conference organizers.

‘Workload: The challenge and opportunity for schools’

Saturday 27 January, 10:30–12:00 @ the Bett Arena

Anyone who has worked in a school knows just how ridiculous teacher workloads can get, taking time and focus away from teaching. In recent year, this problem has begun to receive a significant amount of attention from policy-makers as well as school leaders, with the DfE’s Workload Challenge identifying three key areas where more effective approaches — whether or not technology-led — can have the most impact: marking, lesson planning, and data management. On Saturday, Nic Newman will join Catherine Scutt, Director of Education and Research at the Chartered College of Teaching and Lauren Thorpe, Head of Data & Systems Strategy at Ark to discuss what role technology plays in reducing teacher workloads — and what the potential pratfalls are.

Two Emerge companies return to Bett 2018 as conference partners.

This year, the ever-popular STEAM village is powered by pi-top, the modular computers children first build themselves and later learn to code on, supported by custom software and curriculum tools. As Bett’s STEAM partner, pi-top are hosting free workshops on collaborative problem-solving throughout the conference. Visit pi-top at stand G480.

Another Emerge alumnus, Wonde, are the Bett Integration Partner this year and a sponsor of the Bett Awards. With a platform that radically simplifies data management for schools and edtech products, Wonde have grown rapidly and are available in most schools in the UK. At Bett, they’re launching new features of the platform and are looking forward to meeting new edtech suppliers, as well as anyone interested in their GDPR product, which helps schools and businesses ensure compliance with the coming legislation. Find them near the N2 entrance or get in touch at

And as always, a number of our companies will be among the exhibitors with exciting announcements to make and demos to host:

Launching their research-based Framework for Effective Education and step-by-step guide Evidence-Driven School Improvement, Edurio are coming to Bett to talk to school leaders and policymakers about what makes an effective education system, what we should be assessing and improving to create more effective schools, and how to practically implement an evidence-based approach to school improvement. Visit them in the Bett Futures area at stand E55 to check out the framework and book, and talk with the team about their school improvement projects in Latvia, South Africa, and the UK.

Pobble, the platform for teaching and sharing kids’ writing, is showcasing a range of new features and new partnerships with resource providers. At their stand at Hub 3 in the Bett Futures Arena, Pobble will demonstrate how they save teachers time and inspire pupils to write. Henry, one of the founders, will speak about the latter in the Bett Arena on Thursday 25 January at 2:15pm. They are keen to meet teachers and head teachers for whom writing is a real priority in their school and will be looking to discuss partnerships with the best resource providers.

Primo, makers of the award-winning, Montessori-inspired Cubetto robot will be announcing their first official Ambassador programme at Bett. As finalists for the Early Years Content at the Bett 2018 Awards they will be attending the Gala dinner, as well as exhibiting throughout the show — with a special guest, the company’s Education Specialist — former Head of Teaching and Learning, Computing Lead and Inclusion Lead across two Ark schools and experienced Cubetto implementer. They look forward to meeting passionate educators looking to bring coding to their EYFS classrooms at stand F98, with demos available for booking through Bett Connect.

OpenCampus, the incredibly flexible open-adoption system for university administration processes, will be exhibiting at stand B222. Talk to them to hear about how OpenCampus makes it easy for administrators to unlock data silos and design their own processes, positioning it as the new infrastructure standard for HE.

EE3 alumnus DoodleMaths will be exhibiting on stand F451 next to the STEAM Village. Designed to accelerate children’s maths learning, the DoodleMaths app creates individual work programs for its users based entirely around their own strengths and weaknesses. Children can access the built-for-mobile program any time, anywhere — even offline — and it has successfully raised standards not just in the UK but as far and wide as Africa. Visit them to hear more.

Boolino will present Fiction Express, an innovative book platform that allows K-12 students and authors to co-create stories, turning kids into eager readers through the power of engagement. Using their votes, primary school students can decide where the plot goes next before the author brings the most popular choice to life. Teachers are fully supported with curriculum aligned resources. Fiction Express is currently available in English and used in English-native markets as well as in English-as-second-language markets (ELT). Boolino look forward to meeting primary English and literacy teachers, government representatives, potential distribution partners at stand D320 in Hall N1–19.