13 February 2014

From an unprecedented number of entries, the United Kingdom’s (UK) most outstanding educational resources, suppliers, educators and institutions were today selected as finalists for the Education Resources Awards (ERAs) 2014.

From the high number of entries received, 57 products from 39 organisations were shortlisted in the product categories with an additional 22 organisations shortlisted in the marketing campaign, supplier of the year and exporter of the year categories. The winners of the Educational Establishment, Leadership in Education and Outstanding Achievement awards will be announced on the night of the awards, Friday 21 March, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Brilliant Marketing Solutions Ltd., the ERAs continue to highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, excellent educational establishments and the most inspiring members of the teaching profession, all working together to encourage the very best in education.

BESA, the sector’s trade association whose members operate to an agreed high level code of practice was also celebrating with 60 per cent of the shortlisted organisations being BESA members.

Caroline Wright, director of BESA, comments: ‚ÄúEach year we refresh our panel of judges who consist of experienced education stakeholders, sector journalists and teachers to ensure we continue to identify the latest and very best products, suppliers, teachers and schools.¬† From my position of overseeing the judging process, it is clear that once again this year the judges have meticulously tested and assessed the very best in education. The winners in the product categories, who will be announced on 21 March, can be seen as exemplary companies with practical products that are fit for purpose and provide real value for money.‚ÄĚ

The Education Resources Awards finalists 2014

Best Special Educational Resource or Equipment – non ICT

Crossbow Education                     The Visual Stress Collection

Learning Resources                      All about me Range

Learning Resources                      HiLo Reading Comprehension Cards

Lawrence Education                      Supporting Quiet Children & Let’s Get Talking

PC Werth                                     Front Row Juno

Phonic Books                               Alba Series

Tennis Foundation                         Inclusive Tennis Teacher Resource

Best Special Educational Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Crick Software                             Clicker Docs

Crick Software                             Clicker Sentences

Inclusive Tec                                Choose It! Maker

Sonocent                                    Audio Notetaker 3.1

TextHelp                                      Read And Write Gold

TTRS                                          Touch-Type Read and Spell Online

Best Early Years Resource or Equipment – non ICT

Featherstone                               Getting Ready to Write

Kits for Kids                                Chloe the Caterpillar Blue Design Indoor Mat and Counting Ladybird Cushions

Learning Resources                     Funky Monkey

Learning Resources                     Kidinoculars

Solve-it-blocks                             Solve-it-blocks

TTS Group                                  Water pump Station

Best Early Years Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Interactive Learning Diary              Interactive Learning Diary

Opsol UK                                    Storyphones

Planet Sherston                           Early Years World Version 2

Pupil Asset                                 Pupil Asset Tracker

TTS Group                                  Wonder Bug

Best Primary Resource or Equipment – non ICT

Cornerstones Education             The Cornerstones Curriculum

Kits for Kids                              Chloe the Caterpillar Blue Design Indoor Mat and Counting
                                                Ladybird Cushions

Learning Resources                   Sentence Building

Oxford University Press              Project X Alien Adventures

Rising Stars                              Record Breaking Comprehension

Smart Kids                               Number Links

Smart Kids                               Number Smart Kid

TTS Group                                Diwali basket

Best Primary Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

2Simple Software                         2Build a profile Primary

3P Learning                                 Mathletics

Lego Education                            Story Starter

Oxford University Press                 ReadWrite inc  Literacy and Language

Rising Stars                                 Switched on Science

Twig World                                   Tig Tag

Best Secondary Resource or Equipment – non ICT

A&C Black                                  One day in Oradour

Bloomsbury Education                 100 ideas for secondary teachers

English & Media Centre                Spotlight on literacy

Tennis Foundation                        Cardio Tennis Teacher Resource

Tennis Foundation                        Secondary School Tennis Teacher Resource

Best Secondary Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Cambridge University Press          Cambridge GCSE Computing online (MOOC)

i-Education                                  I am Learning

Lego Education                           Mindstorms

SAM Learning                             SAM Learning

Steljes                                        The Steljes Training online Portal

Teachercentric                             Show My Homework

Educational Book Award

Bloomsbury Education                  Once Upon An If

Oxford University Press                 Project X Alien Adventures

Scholastic                                    Connectors Fiction

Scholastic                                    Primary Teachers Guide To:

Scholastic                                    Practice Papers for National Tests

Supplier of the Year: with less than £1million annual turnover

Cornerstones Education

Crossbow Education

Daydream Education

Jolly Back

Language Nut


Supplier of the Year: with between £1million and £10million annual turnover

2Simple Software

3P Learning


Joskos Solutions


Smart Kids

Stage Systems

Supplier of the Year: with over £10million annual turnover


TTS Group



Education Exporter of the Year Award

3P Learning






TTS Group

Twig World

Innovation Award

Fiction Express Discovery Books      Fiction Express for schools

New Ways to Learn                         The Paper Portal Parental Engagement Reinvented

Personal Finance Education Group   Get Money Smart

Scholastic                                      Connectors

TTS Group                                      Character Strengths

Marketing campaign of the year Award

Promethean                                   Activ Board 500 Pro

Rising Stars                                   Switched On Computing

Scholastic                                     National Curriculum in England/1005

TTS Group                                     Babies and Toddlers Campaign

Educational Establishment of the Year Award


Leadership in Education Award


Outstanding Achievement Award


Winners will be announced at the annual gala event at The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Friday 21 March, the second evening of the Education Show 2014.

The ERAs are supported by National Association of Head Teachers, the SSAT and UK Trade & Investment. Media partners are Education Guardian and Education Today.



About BESA

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association representing over 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market.

With 78 years of experience, BESA offers unparalleled support, research, events and advice on both UK and International markets, and the future of the education supplies industry.  BESA is focused on promoting and providing support and advice to their members, the industry and to schools.

BESA has a Code of Practice to which all members must adhere, along with a stringent membership process, both of which assure buyers of a high standard of quality in both product and customer service.

For more information, please visit www.besa.org.uk.

About Brilliant Marketing

‚ÄėBrilliant Marketing‚Äô is an events management company who specialise in organising awards, conferences, seminars, and educational learning days for the education industry. Over the last 14 years, Brilliant has passionately been involved with the education sector and is proud to have developed links with the key associations and companies who support the inaugural ERA‚Äôs (Education Resources Awards).


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Caroline Wright, BESA

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Chris Milton, Brilliant Marketing Solutions

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