Judged to be the very best that the education sector has to offer, the winners of the annual Education Resources Awards were celebrating their achievement last week.

The Education Resources Awards gala dinner event, held last week, honoured the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the industry.

In its seventeenth successful year, the Education Resources Awards are organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the trade association representing educational suppliers in the UK sector, and Brilliant Marketing. Committing to a code of best business practice and high quality resources, 63 per cent of the winners were (BESA) members.

All winners were once again selected by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals, including many classroom teachers. From the highest number of entries to date, the judges described the entries as ‘exemplary.’

Caroline Wright, director of BESA, comments: “We are very aware, from events such as Bett and the Education Show, that thousands of educators visit the UK each year to review and buy products from our suppliers because of the quality on offer. We have had many years to get it right. Lessons have been learned over the years, but it was clear from the entries this year that the industry has every right to celebrate its success and hard work.”

The Education Resources Awards winners for 2015 are:

SEN Non-ICT

Tennis Foundation – Inclusive Tennis Teacher Resource

SEN- ICT

Inclusive Technology – Inclusive EyeGaze Foundations

Early Years Non-ICT

Tennis Foundation, -Early Years Tennis, Practitioner Resource and Child Story books 

Early Years- ICT

GL Assessment – Baseline

Primary Non-ICT

Yellow Door – Dinosaur Bones 

Primary- ICT

LearnPad  – Tectus

Secondary Non-ICT

PFEG  – My Money Week

Secondary- ICT

Soundbite Learning – GCSE Pod

Whole curriculum resource – Non ICT

Oxford University Press – Numicon

Whole curriculum resource – ICT

Rising Stars – Switched on Computing

Educational Book award

Scholastic – 100 lessons

Leadership in education

Dr Lesley Curtis- Everton Nursery School and Family Centre-Liverpool

Educational Establishment of the year

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School – Swindon

Education Exporter of the Year

Learning Resources

Marketing

ESPO- ESPO Free School meals

Supplier of the year – Less than £1m annual turnover

Smooga

Supplier of the year – Between £1m-£10m annual turnover

Smart Kids UK

Supplier of the year – Over 10m annual turnover

YPO

Outstanding achievement award

Dennis Blackmore – Learning Resources

The winners were announced at the annual gala event at The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Friday 20 March, the second evening of the Education Show 2015.

The ERAs are sponsored by Helix Maped and YPO, supported by the National Association of Head Teachers & The Specialist Schools and Academies. Media partners are Education Today.

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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 79 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

Brilliant Marketing 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 supported the inaugural ERAs (Education Resources Awards). www.educationresourcesawards.co.uk

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