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Essex company wins prestigious Kids Judge Bett award in UK wide competition

Education: Secondary / Sun 18th Feb 2024 at 10:04am

ESSEX’S Time Capsule Education was crowned a winner at this year’s Kids Judge Bett, which saw pupils from around the UK select their favourite innovations on display at Bett UK, the world’s biggest EdTech show. The students announced the winners of this year’s Kids Judge Bett alongside celebrated poet and children’s author Michael Rosen.

Bett UK took place at London’s ExCeL Centre from 24-26 January 2024, and brought together 30,000 stakeholders – including 10,000 education decision-makers, 600 innovative EdTech and resource solution providers, and 400 speakers. 

Time Capsule Education was presented with the ‘Best Creative Writing and Film Content Award’ on stage by students from Crosthwaite Primary School in Kendal, Cumbria. The company was formed in 2015 to help schools develop the writing of their pupils by immersing them in exciting world scenarios and historical re-enactments, from spy missions to pirate ships. These experiences are supported by a collection of curated writing projects designed to engage students in their learning.

Sixty children, aged between 7-13 years old, from 14 schools from across the UK, were chosen to take part in Kids Judge Bett 2024. Accompanied by parents and teachers, the students spent the day exploring a shortlist of the hundreds of EdTech exhibitors present, and trying out a diverse range of EdTech gadgets and software solutions.

Kids Judge Bett was created and organised by Katy Potts, Computing and Online Safety Lead for Schools at Islington Council, in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA). This popular event was first launched in 2016 to help raise the profile of pupils’ voices, the importance of critical thinking around technology, and understanding of the incredible potential of EdTech. 

Katy Potts, who oversees Kids Judge Bett, said:

“Huge congratulations to Time Capsule Education on being named a winner of Kids Judge Bett. To receive a seal of approval from the very children you seek to help is the ultimate recognition. Kids Judge Bett puts children at the heart of EdTech – because who better to judge learning resources than the children themselves?”

Emma Vandore, Head of Content at Bett, said:

“Congratulations to Time Capsule Education on being crowned a winner at Kids Judge Bett 2024, and thank you to all the companies and schools that took part. Showcasing the transformative impact technology can have on young learners is an integral part of Bett UK, and seeing first-hand the excitement and curiosity among the students as they toured the exhibition floor reaffirms our mission to empower schools with innovative products and resources that can make a real difference in the classroom.”

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