Kids Judge Bett
Thank you to all the schools that applied to take part in judging Kids Judge Bett. We were delighted to see so many new schools applying alongside our loyal cohort of returning schools. This year’s student judges are aged between 7 to 13 years old and come from as far away as Cumbria, to as local as a 10 minute walk from the ExCel in East London!
They’ll be casting their collective critical eyes over all the lovely tech at Bett on Friday 26th January 2024, to select the winners and present the trophies live on the Arena stage, alongside the wonderful children’s poet and author, Michael Rosen.
Congratulations to the following schools and students:
- All Saints Benhilton Primary School, Sutton
- Channing Junior School, London
- Crosthwaite Primary, Cumbria
- Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust, Essex
- Galley Hill Primary School, Redcar and Cleveland
- Hallsville Primary School, London
- Hoyland Common School, South Yorkshire
- King's Cross Academy, London
- LEO Academy Trust, Surrey
- Linslade Middle School, Bedfordshire
- Milefield Primary School, Yorkshire
- Oakdale Junior School, London
- Reedings Junior School, Hertfordshire
- White Bridge Primary School, Essex
Coming to Bett on Wednesday or Thursday?
You can still take part!
If you and your students are coming to the show on Wednesday 24th or Thursday 25th January, they can nominate a company or product they think should be shortlisted by xeeting suggestions using #KidsJudgeBett. We’ll gather the nominations and include them in the shortlist to be judged on Friday 26th Jan.
‘To win a ‘Kids Judge Bett Award’ means so much to us, it’s a wonderful idea and to be judged and awarded by the children is the ultimate recognition. School environments can be noisy and distracting places. We’re so happy to have developed a solution to offer relief for children who struggle with sound, and help them manage the negative impacts of auditory overwhelm in learning environments.'
‘For many years the very well-respected Bett Awards have highlighted the best of breed in the EdTech sector, judged by adults. Recognising the importance of children’s perspectives in this process, gave rise to Kids Judge Bett. I remember attending the first Kids Judge Bett with my own daughters, who loved exploring the stands, meeting exhibitors and having the opportunity to share their thoughts on products and services that really mattered to them. Their schools were proud to be represented too. Fundamentally, this premise has not changed down the years. Involving kids in judging Bett, superbly coordinated by Bett Awards Judge Katy Potts, of Islington Local Authority, brings the ultimate end users inside the show to share their thoughts and add a seal of approval from their point of view. Long may it continue!'
‘Curating Kids Judge Bett over the past 8 years, I’ve combined my experience as a Bett Awards judge, with my expertise as an advisory teacher, to create a high energy and fun event that puts children at the heart of evaluating educational resources and suppliers at the Bett show. Better than any Oscars ceremony, KJB brings children, teachers, and families from around the UK to the show where they work hard, following strict judging protocol, to shine a spotlight on the best.’
‘Our schools love taking part in Kids Judge Bett; such a unique and inspiring event. It provides a chance for our students to see the latest educational technology up close, and to share their feedback directly with the companies that are creating it. It's also a great opportunity for them to develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Our students always come back from Kids Judge Bett feeling empowered and excited about how they can help shape teaching & learning across our Trust. We act on many of their suggestions, shaping our digital package accordingly. The children know that their voices matter, and that they can make a difference in the world. I highly recommend Kids Judge Bett to any school that is looking for a way to engage and inspire their students.’
'I loved taking part in Kids Judge Bett. Children don't always get the chance to explore different EdTech tools, apps and products and help make decisions about what to buy. It was so much fun! I also loved being able to go on stage and present the awards. I will never forget that.'
Kids Judge Bett was devised and run by Katy Potts, Computing and Online Safety lead at Islington Council. Now in it’s 8th year, Katy’s been organising it in collaboration with BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association) since 2016.