Congratulations to the 2018 Education Resources Awards winners!

The winners of the celebratory 20th year of the Education Resources Awards (ERAs) were announced at the gala awards ceremony dinner, held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham during the Education Show at the NEC on Friday 16 March 2018.

Organised by Brilliant Marketing Solutions and the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the ERAs are firmly established as the premier annual event to celebrate outstanding success for the suppliers and teaching professionals of the education sector throughout the UK.

The Education Resources Awards highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, excellent educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession and supplies industry, all working together to encourage the very best in education.

For the first time this year, the ERAs also celebrated the best ‘Collaboration between school and supplier’, and the best ‘Start-up of the year’ for the second time.

Patrick Hayes, Director of BESA and Chair of the judging panel, said: “Winning an ERA is a clear sign to the education sector that you are leading the way, with the awards widely recognised by schools, local authorities and across the industry.

“The competition was of a high calibre, as always, and all finalists should be very proud. On behalf of BESA, I warmly congratulate the ERAs winners!”

Chris Milton, Events Director of Brilliant Marketing, commented: “This year, we have seen a large increase in companies and schools entering. Our new Collaboration between supplier and schools category has proven very popular, keeping these awards relevant and on point with the education market.”


The Education Resources Awards 2018 winners are:


Early Years Resource or Equipment

Winner: Hope Education: Magicubes

Highly commended: Mighty Writer: Mighty Writer


Primary Resource or Equipment – Non-ICT

Winner: Mighty Writer: Mighty Writer


Primary Resource or Equipment – Curriculum learning resources including ICT

Winner: Ohbot: Ohbot Robot

Highly commended: Gooseberry Planet: Gooseberry Planet

Highly commended: Maths Circle: Times Tables Rock Stars


Primary Resource or Equipment – Tools for leadership, management and assessment including ICT

Winner: Speech Link: Junior Language Link


Special Education Resource or Equipment

Crick Software: Clicker 7


Secondary Resource or Equipment – Non-ICT

Winner: PG Online: Computing and Design & Technology Resources


Secondary Resource or Equipment – Including ICT

Winner: Avantis Systems: Class VR


Educational Book Award

Winner: Crown House Publishing: Puffed Out by Will Hussey and Barry Hymer

Highly commended: Maths No Problem: Maths No Problem Primary Series


Free Educational Resources

Winner: Shapes for Schools and Piccadilly Press: Flying Fergus Summer Challenge

Highly commended: It’s A Monthly Thing: Betty For Schools


General Classroom Resource

Winner: School Planner Company: Customised Exercise Books

Highly commended: Staedtler UK: Teacher Marking Pack


Collaboration Between School and Supplier Award

Winner: Scholastic & Darrick Wood School for STEPS

Highly commended: Mrs Wordsmith & Fox Primary School


Leadership in education

Winner: Kim Taylor (OBE) Spring Common Academy


Educational Establishment of the year

Winner: Prior’s Court school


Education Exporter of the Year

Winner: GL Education


Marketing Campaign of the Year

Winner: Bonacia: Stranger Sagas

Highly commended: Open Study College


Start-up Business of the Year

Winner: Spongy Elephant


Supplier of the Year – Less than £1 million annual turnover

Winner: Tennis Foundation


Supplier of the Year – £1 million to £10 million annual turnover

Winner: GCSEPod


Supplier of the Year – Over £10 million annual turnover

Winner: ESPO

Highly commended: Tes


Outstanding Achievement

Graham Harrison from STAEDTLER UK


Sponsors include MapedHelix, The Rochester Bridge Trust and YPO – the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation – and supporters are the NAHT and nasen, together with media partner Education Today



BESA’s directors and a wide range of members are available for comment. To discuss this story further, contact: Cleo Fatoorehchi cleo@besa.org.uk / +44(0)20 7537 4997


About BESA:

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association covering the entirety of the UK educational suppliers sector. It operates on a not-for-profit basis, and is accountable to an Executive Council that is elected by member companies.

It has an 85-year heritage serving the UK education sector, and represents over 400 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and EdTech to the education market.

Working closely with Department for International Trade (DIT), BESA helps take over a hundred companies overseas every year to a wide range of important export markets, from the US to Malaysia and China, providing intelligence briefings, logistical support and often substantial bursaries.

BESA has a Code of Practice to which all members must adhere, along with a stringent membership process, both of which assure schools of a high standard of quality.

For more information, 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 support the ERAs (Education Resources Awards).

For more information, please contact the ERA team on 01622 474011.