The Education Resources Awards 2017 winners celebrate their success

This year’s Education Resources Awards winners were announced at a gala dinner held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham during the Education Show at the NEC on Friday 17 March 2017.

The awards hosted by comedian Zoe Lyons celebrate and encourage the raising of educational services and product standards throughout the industry and are recognised throughout the sector as the Accolade of excellence.

Organised by Brilliant Marketing Solutions and the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), The ERA’s are now in their 18th successful year and 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.

This year’s 21 winners were chosen by a select panel of education experts ranging from teachers, journalists and senior influencers and featured “start-up of the year” category for the first time. Catherine Jeffrey from TTS won the Lifetime Achievement for her significant contribution to the education sector.

Patrick Hayes, BESA director and chair of the judging panel said: “We at BESA, the trade body for suppliers of quality UK education resources, would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Education Resources Awards. At a time when there is intense pressure on schools to achieve greater learning outcomes for their budgets, identifying and investing in the very best resources has never been more important. To be shortlisted was a major achievement, but to have won means you must be producing something truly outstanding.”

The Education Resources Awards winners 2017

Early Years Resource or Equipment – Non ICT

Bloomsbury Education – Reducing Educational Disadvantage

Early Years Resource or Equipment – Including ICT

Busy Things – Busy Things

Primary Resource or Equipment – Non ICT

Association for Science Education – Why You’ll Never Catch Smallpox

Primary Resource or Equipment – Curriculum learning resources including ICT

LGfL TRUSTnet & ROAR Educate – CyberPass

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

World Vision International – Literacy Boost Teacher Training Video Modules

Special Education Resource or Equipment – Non ICT

GL Assessment – SEN Assessment Toolkit

Special Education Resource or Equipment – Including ICT

Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) – Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) Online

Secondary Resource or Equipment – Non ICT

English and Media Centre – EMC Full Text Study Editions

Secondary Resource or Equipment – Including ICT

Satchel – Show My Homework

Educational Book Award

Crown House Publishing – The Opening Doors to Quality Writing series

Free Educational Resources

Twig World & Imperial College London – Reach Out Reporter

General Classroom Resource

Helix Trading – Maped Color Peps Gel Crayon

Leadership in Education

Sarah Bailey OBE – Executive Head, Queensbridge Primary School, Hackney

Educational Establishment of the Year

Northampton School for Boys, Northampton

Education Exporter of the Year

C.E.M. Durham University

Marketing Campaign of the Year

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Start-up of the Year


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

Axis Education

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

Avantis Systems

Supplier of the Year – Over £10 million annual turnover

Complete procurement service offered by ESPO

Outstanding Achievement

Catherine Jeffrey – TTS Group

Sponsors and supporters include some of the best known names in the education industry including MapedHelix and YPO – the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation, who is currently rewarding over a thousand schools across the UK, with a share of £2 million of YPO’s Share of Profits Loyalty Scheme. 


BESA’s directors and a wide range of members are available for comment. To discuss this story further, contact: Mark Rosser mark@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 80-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).

Chris Milton chris@brilliantmarketingsolutions.net  +44 (0) 1622 474011 or +44 (0) 7905 506 470