My BETT 2012 – the show

Ian Addison presenting Class PET

This time last week, we had just got back to the hotel after a long day of setting up our BETT stand.  We sat in the bar, and considered that this year’s BETT could go one of two ways… Would it be like last year? Relatively busy, but full of visitors  who weren’t quite sure what they wanted, and even if they did pretty sure they didn’t have any budget. Or would things have settled down a bit and we have a good show?

The good news is that this year, BETT was full of visitors who came with a shopping list.  They knew what they wanted, and how much they had to spend. In addition, the  buzz that was at the show meant that visitors to the stand seemed much more interested in what we had to talk about.

Now, whether you are a fan of Mr Gove or not, there was a big shift between not appearing last year, to opening BETT this year.  The speech was heavily trailed, and although the big news was the removal of the ICT Curriculum, the big news for us was Gove saying:

“…technology brings unprecedented opportunities for assessment. Teachers can now support pupils’ learning by assessing their progress in a much more sophisticated way, and sharing assessments with pupils and parents.

Each pupil’s strengths and weaknesses can be closely monitored without stigmatising those who are struggling or embarrassing those are streaking ahead. Teachers can adjust lesson plans to target areas where pupils are weakest, and identify gaps in knowledge quickly and reliably.”

For Scholastic, with Class PET and Read & Respond Engage that do just this, and help with the revised Ofsted framework, this meant we had more teachers coming to our stand looking to see exactly what they do and how they could help. It meant that a lot of the demonstration schedule was rewritten to get both resources demo’d a bit more, and by Friday night my voice was more husky than someone who smokes 40 a day, and I hadn’t had lunch for three days.

In amidst all of this, we had some astonishing TeachMeet Takeover sessions, and quite possibly even more impressive KidsMeet sessions.  I honestly think that some of the demonstrations by primary school pupils from Ian Addison’s, Charlie Deane’s, Nick Jackson’s and Tim Handley’s schools were more slick than many adult presentations.  Thank you very much indeed to all of the teachers, and pupils who presented on our stand.

By Saturday night, I tweeted that I’d like to have a foot transplant.  Apart from my feet feeling as if they were going to fall off, everything else seemed well in the world. Our teacher resources had sold incredibly well, Hutch (our caricature artist) had gone down well again, and we had so many leads to follow up that it has taken two days to sort them all out.

A good BETT – and one that was a fitting end to it’s time at Olympia.

Scholastic at BETT 2012

Anthony Browne on the Scholastic stand in 2011

Anthony Browne on the Scholastic stand in 2011

Here we go again, BETT is just around the corner and Scholastic have been getting ready (almost since BETT 2011 ended!) for a big show.

We have kept the bits that you said you loved from last year (More resource demonstrations based on the needs you have in your classroom; TeachMeet Takeover and Hutch, our caricature artist is back again!).

We have changed a couple of other things – we are taking a selection of our resources that you can buy on the stand (thank you to @dawnhallybone among others for this suggestion) – to make this extra special, we are offering 20% off at the show!

In full… we are hosting 60 sessions on stand G40 to help you in the classroom. From Using real time digital assessments in the classroom, to Using favourite children’s books to structure your literacy teaching

Here’s what you can do on our stand:

  • take part in a demonstration of resources that can help you in the classroom
  • a chance to win Olympics resources worth £50 every half-an-hour
  • take a look at our latest resources, and try them out for yourself
  • watch and take part in a KidsMeet or TeachMeet
  • save 20% on all orders placed at the show
  • charge up your mobile phones while you have your caricature drawn
  • and most importantly enter our Treasure Hunt for a chance to win an iPad!
Scholastic Treasure Map

Scholastic Treasure Map

If you want to get ahead of the game, download the treasure map now – you can fill in the answers on the Scholastic web site.