This year’s Bett was, as with previous editions, a brilliant event. As part of the ESS ‘Education Exists To’ stand, we welcomed thousands of visitors, hosted many presentations and held countless product demonstrations as our various teams interacted with busy crowds throughout the week.
Bett provides a great opportunity for us to meet our existing and potential customers, explaining the benefits and features of our newest products, as well as finding out more about the needs of schools and what we can do to support them.
Now that Bett is all wrapped up for another year, here’s a look back at some of our stand-out moments from the week: -
SIMS Primary Launch Party
On Thursday 25th January we celebrated the launch of SIMS Primary, welcoming visitors to our stand for a party, including demonstrations of the next generation of SIMS – as well as canapes and champagne
Throughout the event, the stand was packed, with standing room only for anyone arriving late to see SIMS Primary in action.
It was the first time that many visitors would have seen the newest version of the MIS solution and everyone in attendance was excited to see what it contained. One school visitor we spoke to was particularly looking forward to making use of the system’s new interface: “It looks so much easier to use; just a couple of clicks and all the info our teachers and staff need is right there, no more digging through tons and tons of pages.”
SIMS Parent Lite App goes live
Probably the most frequent query during the week was in regards to the SIMS Parent Lite app, with visitors from schools keen to learn more about our solution designed to help with data protection requirements ahead of GDPR arriving this year.
With tablet devices located on the stand, visitors were presented with a great opportunity to try the app for themselves, before going ahead and registering to download and start using it – making the most of its status as included within the monthly entitlement of many schools’ core SIMS licence.
And to support the hands-on opportunity to try the app out, SIMS product manager Ben Jones was on hand all week, giving multiple presentations on ways that SIMS can help schools engage with their parents and pupils for an improved data management experience.
Away from the hustle-bustle of the main show floor, we hosted a lively and passionate event for bloggers and influencers in the education technology world, led by Lee Parkinson, aka ICT with Mr P.
During the session, the invited group of bloggers discussed some of the challenges currently facing ICT staff and teams in schools, including some best practice ideas on ways to engage children of different ages through technology.
The event was a great opportunity to put faces to Twitter handles, with everyone attending helping to identify five easy ‘tech’ wins for the classroom.
Bett, the UK’s biggest education technology trade show, took place at London’s ExCeL centre between Wednesday 24 and Saturday 27 January. Find out more about our presence as part of the ESS ‘Education Exists To’ stand with the dedicated microsite.